Computer Laboratory

Course pages 2014–15

Topical Issues

Principal lecturer: Dr Robert Harle
Taken by: Part II
Past exam questions
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 exposing them to real-world issues which are of current interest to the computer community. Expert guest lecturers will be used wherever possible to give an external (industrial/commercial) view. The course title changed from “Additional Topics” to “Topical Issues” in 2010-11 for clarity only: the substance of the course remains the same. To remain topical, the exact syllabus is confirmed over the Lent term.


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.