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Part III of the Computer Science Tripos

Information for Directors of Studies and students

Module self-selection form (online)

At the end of July, Part II students continuing to Part III in October will be sent a personalised link to an in-house online selection form to help them select their modules, balance the modules between terms and to assist the Advanced Taught Courses Management Committee with the balancing of class sizes. This form is not part of CamSIS and students must still complete CamSIS exam entries in October. The relevant dates are as follows.

Initial module selections and approval
Dates for initial student self-selection (online form - not CamSIS)   31 July - 30 August  
Course adviser/DoS module provisional approval Week 1

Dates for enrolment

As in other Tripos parts, students must make final exam entries on CamSIS. See below for dates.

Requests for changes made between 6 and 20 October 2014 must be made using the Module Change form and should be approved by the ATCMC; on 24 October, Part III students will be given a list of modules to use when completing their CamSIS exam entry forms. Students are advised not to make any CamSIS exam entries until this date; Directors of Studies are asked similarly not to approve exam entries without seeing this department list. This avoids having to unpick entries on CamSIS.

Final Michaelmas 2014 modules and tentative Lent/Easter 2015 modules
Final date for student self-selection of all module changes to Graduate Education 20 October 2014†
ATCMC approval*/module registration lists to Part III students 23 October 2014†
Final date for Part III students to enrol for modules on CamSIS 31 October 2014
Final date for DoS Part III approval on CamSIS 5 November 2014†
Final Lent and Easter 2015 modules
Final date for student adjustments to selections 22 January 2015†
ATCMC approval* 26 January 2015†
Final date for DoS Part III approval on CamSIS 28 January 2015†

*Adjustments for over-subscription/course capacity or under-subscription/course cancellations
† Same date for M.Phil in Advanced Computer Science students

Study and assessment weeks

Most modules will include an end-of-module assessment. This might take the form of a sit-down test, a take-home test or a more substantial piece of coursework. By and large, end-of-module assessment occurs in the first two weeks of Lent and Easter Terms and commences on the first Tuesday of full term. All students are encouraged to use the weeks after the end of lectures to revise and to complete coursework.

Part III project

Part III students are expected to complete a project worth three modules. The formal requirements of this are given via a “Head of Department's Announcement”, but note that this project and its associated dissertation will focus more on ‘research’ or ‘research preparation’ rather than the Software Engineering aspects of a Part II project and write-up.

Relation to M.Phil in ACS

Directors of Studies are reminded that Part III shares many modules with the M.Phil in ACS but that M.Phil students, being graduates, have Course Advisers (appointed by Department) rather than Directors of Studies. Nonetheless it is helpful if Part III students and ACS students meet early in Michaelmas; however, please bear in mind that M.Phil students will need to attend the following sessions.

Week 1 Dates
Course registration and welcome talk AM.; meet with Course Advisers PM (M.Phil in ACS only) Monday 6 October 2014
Compulsory Health and Safety course: Babbage and Cockcroft lecture theatres at New Museums Site (M.Phil in ACS only) Tuesday 7 October 2014
Lectures commence 09:00 (All students) Thursday 9 October 2014
Welcome event (All students) 17:30 The Street Friday 10 October 2014
Doing a PhD event (All students) 13:30 - 15:00 LT1 and The Street Date to be confirmed