Computer Laboratory

Course pages 2012–13

Topical Issues

Principal lecturer: Dr Robert Harle
Taken by: Part II
Past exam questions: Topical Issues, Additional Topics
Information for supervisors (contact lecturer for access permission)

No. of lectures: 12
Suggested hours of supervisions: 3


The aim of this course is to broaden the experience of students by asking expert guest lecturers to discuss real-world issues which are of current interest to the computer community. The course title has changed from “Additional Topics” to “Topical Issues” in 2010-11 for clarity only: the substance of the course remains the same.


This course provides an introduction to wide range of topical Computer Science subjects and provides coverage of topics not lectured in Part II due to sabbatical leave. In 2011-12 Topical issues will include:

  • 3 lectures on Human-Computer Interaction

  • 4 lectures on the handling of large datasets

  • 12 lectures on topics that will be based on the 2010-11 course but are subject to change in order to remain topical


At the end of the course students should

  • realise that the range of issues affecting the computer community is very broad;

  • be able to take part in discussions on several subjects at the frontier of modern computer engineering.