First Year Noticeboard

Dr Murray Wood, Room L1422 (14th floor Livingstone Tower), tel: 0141 548 3390
Email: murray.wood <at>

2nd Year CS Noticeboard Java Revision
Absence and Mitigating Circumstances Lab Allocation
CES Noticeboard Maths Skills Support + MathsForCIS Facts and Formulae
CIS User Accounts and Email Maps, Buildings, Building Codes, Departments
Compensation Schemes Myplace
Computer Science Home Page Pegasus
Computer Science Local Page (Avoiding) Plagiarism
Cybersecurity Progress Regulations
Important Dates (including coursework / test deadlines) Sample CS105 Exam Paper
Electives Software Licenses
Exams Start@Strath
First Day Information Student Representatives
First Year Classes Timetables
Handbook Transfer Rules – Hons to MEng
Help! University Student Home Page

Getting Help

If you have any difficulties, at home or at university, that are affecting your studies there are a variety of people that you can talk to for advice. Please use these resources as soon as you become aware of a problem, it can be quite difficult to catch up with your studies if you fall behind.

If you have a problem with a specific class then the first person you should speak to is the class lecturer. You can either approach the lecturer after a lecture or you should find that most respond quickly to an email. Computer Science Lecturers

If the problem is not resolved by speaking to the class lecturer or it is a more general academic problem, such as a timetabling issue, you should speak to the Year Adviser, Murray Wood. If you would like an appointment to meet him just send an email with a few times that suit you.

If you are having personal problems that are affecting your academic work then you should speak to your counsellor/PDA. If you wish to contact your counsellor, just send them an email. You can find your counsellor’s name and email address on your Pegasus curriculum record. If you have any problems contacting your counsellor please contact Murray Wood.

The University has published its Academic Policies & Procedures. This contains clear guidelines of what information should be lodged where and when if there are circumstances which are having a detrimental impact on your studies and which you wish to be considered by the examination board or appeals committee.

The University provides a wide range of professional support on Health, Counselling, Finance, Disability, Study Skills, Careers etc. Please see this page for links to all these services: Strathclyde Student Support Services

Departmental Disability Contact: Julie Sobocinski.

CIS Laboratory / Tutorial Allocation Semester 1

The CIS First Year Lab Allocation is below.
For CS103, CS104 and CS105 please find the room that corresponds to your allocated time on the CIS timetable:
For CS104 you attend a tutorial for weeks 2 to 6 and a lab for weeks 7 to 11.
For CS106 the lab location is to the right of your allocated timeslot, same with your tutorial location.
You can find the full allocation here:


An online version of the CIS timetables is available via the University Timetable Page. To see the timetable for each year of the CIS programmes, select Programme Timetables then for “Select Department” select Computer and Information Sciences, then select the course you are currently following (e.g. BSc Honours Computer Science/Year 1). To see the timetable for individual classes, select Class Timetables.

Local copy of CIS timetables:

Computer Science Handbook

CIS Undergraduate Handbook – Comprehensive Information on Computer Science Degrees


University Building Codes
University Buildings and Maps

CIS User Accounts and Email

CIS Local information

Important Dates

University Dates

2018-19 Class Assessment Details

CS101 (CS109): Assessment 1 Week 6 (22nd October)

CS103: Class Test: Week 6; Class Test: Week 11

CS104: Class Test: Friday Week 6; Class Test: Week 11

CS105: Class Test: Week 5 labs;  Class Test: Week 11 labs;  Vacation Exercise assessed Semester 2 Week 1 labs

CS106: 8 topics assessed at weekly Lectures and Practicals, with repeat chances. Last chance Friday 1 December.

MS108 / 112: Online Class Test + Group Assignment.

ABSENCE: If you miss a test that counts towards exemption then you are unlikely to get an exemption. If you have a very good reason for the absence e.g. certified illness, then please contact the class lecturer and the year adviser (Murray Wood) as soon as possible.

Pegasus and Exams

Pegasus contains a record of your personal and course details as well as the exam timetable and exam results.

Exam Frequently Asked Questions


Myplace contains all the teaching material for first year computer science classes.

First Year Computer Science Classes

CS101 Topics in Computing 1 (CS109 + CS110)
CS103 Machines, Languages and Computation
CS104 Information and Information Systems
CS105 Programming Foundations
CS106 Computer Systems and Organisation

All teaching materials accessible through Myplace.


Guidance on choosing electives for CIS students
Complete List of University Classes

If you wish to change an elective please send the details of the change by email to Murray Wood.

First Year Reps

2017-18: TBA

Transfer Rules – Honours to MEng

Transfer from Honours to MEng can only take place at the end of first year. To be eligible for transfer from the Honours degrees in Computer Science, Software Engineering or Business Information Systems to the MEng in Computer Science a student must achieve a credit-weighted average of at least 70% over all their first year curriculum and a mark of at least 70% in CS105 Programming Foundations.

In addition, students should have taken and passed MS112 Foundations of Business Analysis and Technology as part of their first year curriculum (or both MS108 and MS109).

First Year Java Revision

Head First Practical Exercises – do these as you work through the Head First Java Textbook.

First Day Information

CIS First Year Guide


Support provided by the Careers Service

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