Second Year Noticeboard

2nd Year CIS Adviser of Studies

Isla Ross

Room LT14.27 Tel: 3422 Email:

First Day Meeting for 2nd Year CS/CSM/SE students

The First Day Meeting was held in The Assembly Hall (Royal College RC471) at 11am on Monday 17th September. Slides from the meeting obtainable here: FirstDayMeeting2018.

2nd Year Direct Entrants Meeting

In addition to attending the First Day Meeting above, 2nd year Direct Entrants should also meet with myself as 2nd Year Adviser, in Livingstone Tower Room 14.15 at 3.15pm on Monday 17th September.

Approved Curriculum for those progressing to 2nd year in 2018-19

In order to register for session 2018-19, one of the requirements is to have an approved curriculum, although the choice of optional / elective classes may later be altered up to early in the new session through choice or due to availability/ timetabling constraints.

MEng CS do not have electives in 2nd year. MEng CS students should initially select only between options CS212 and CS215 on Pegasus in order to have a provisional curriculum approved. (CS217 will also become an option later – see below.)

2nd year BSc(Hons) CS and SE students require to pick a 10 credit elective in order to have an approved curriculum for 2018-19. Please read Electives2018-2019 for choices and add an elective following that guidance on to your curriculum on Pegasus. Elective choice may be changed up until the end of the first two weeks of the semester in which the elective runs.(CS217 will also become an elective possibility later – see below.)

Class CS217   2018-19

Class CS217 Agile Software Development, led by J.P. Morgan, will go ahead in session 2018-19 in semester 2 Wednesdays 2-5pm. It is available as an option / elective for some CS2 MEng, CS2 (Hons) and SE2 (Hons) students. Students requesting to take the class should be aware that participation in the group work is really important. There is a cap on the class size. CIS have decided to allocate places as follows.

i) For those progressing to year 2 from CS1, SE1 and Natural Sciences 1 :

Only those students who have scored at least 60% in class CS105 and who are not carrying a credit shortfall from 1st year (so have received a Pass decision from either the June or August exam boards) will be eligible for consideration for class CS217. It is expected that more may apply for CS217 than there are places available.  Students in this category who wish to be considered for CS217 should email before 5pm on September 17th indicating that they wish to take the class if there is a place available and clarifying whether this would be instead of or in addition to their approved option/elective if an approved curriculum is already in place. Students will be ranked in order of the average (mean) of CS105 mark and credit weighted mean (CWM) from the June exam board. I will give more guidance for those who require it at the First Day Meeting for 2nd years at 11am on 17th September in The Assembly Hall. After 5pm on 17th September the list of those who have emailed me asking to take CS217 will be compared against the ranking and places will be approved up to the cap. Those who have not requested CS217 by 5pm on 17th September are unlikely to gain a place later, even if they feature high in the ranking. 
ii) For Direct entrants to year 2 and those who have transferred in from another course:
A proportion of spaces have been set aside in CS217 for students in this category. Places will not be allocated until the end of semester 1 and will be based on performance in semester 1 of CS207. In the meantime, in order to have an approved curriculum for year 2, such students who wish to be considered for CS217 should choose a different semester 2 elective on Pegasus for now. I will email direct entrants and transfer students late in semester 1 to ask if they wish to be considered for CS217.


Provisional Timetables for CIS 2nd years. Also links for timetables for other classes (which may have been selected as electives). Timetables are subject to change up until the start of the relevant semester so students are advised to check lecture rooms at the start of week 1. Allocation to CIS lab and tutorial slots will not take place until during week 2 – information on the process will be given at the First Day Meeting for 2nd year CIS students on 17th September 11am in The Assembly Hall. Semester 2 lab/tutorial allocation will take place during the first 2 weeks of semester 2.

Credit Shortfall

If you have a credit shortfall (fewer than 120 credits) on entering 2nd year then your curriculum will require to include an approved means to make up that shortfall. Please contact your Adviser of Studies if you are in this position and unsure what is required of you.

Class Teaching Materials

All CIS classes will have an entry on MyPlace.

Syllabuses, regulations, etc

The above are available from the department’s Undergraduate Teaching page.

Disability Coordinator

The CIS department’s disability coordinator is Julie Sobocinski (

Student Guide on Good Academic Practice and the Avoidance of Plagiarism

available here

Studying Abroad

Alex Coddington ( is the CIS department’s Erasmus contact. Anyone interested in studying abroad during 3rd year should refer first to the relevant website for more info.