Computer Laboratory

Course pages 2015–16

Preparation for Computer Science (Online Course)

The pre-arrival course should be taken by all students intending to take the Computer Science Paper 1 course starting in October 2015. This includes:

  • All first year Computer Science Tripos students (CSTs)
  • Any Natural Sciences Tripoe students (NST) taking the Computer Science option in the first year
  • Any Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Tripos (PBST) student taking the Computer Science option in the first year

Step 1: Get Your Login Details

To log in you must have your Raven ID and Password. The Raven ID, more commonly called a CRSID, is your username for all computer services in Cambridge. A CRSID is composed of your initials followed by a number (e.g. rkh23). The password is set by you as part of the online student registration process that you must complete before arriving.

The process will therefore go as follows:

  • Wait until you receive your email invitation to register as a student (these emails are sent from the Student Registry and should come no later than 4th September to the email address on your application).
  • Complete the registration process to get a Raven ID and password.

Step 2: Log Into Moodle

The course is delivered through the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which is called Moodle and is available at

  • Log into using the "Raven" link in the top right and the credentials from the previous section.
  • You will be prompted to change your password and to fill in your profile.

Step 3: Locate the Course

Once the preliminaries are done, you will find yourself looking at a page summarising your profile.

  • Find the Navigation menu on the left of the screen and click "My Home".
  • You should now see a welcome box, possibly above a list of courses that you have already been enrolled on in the Moodle Platform.
  • If there is a course entitle "Computer Science Pre-arrival course" then click on it. Else go to Step 3a.

Step 3a: Get Enrolled on the Course

If you do not see the "Computer Science Pre-arrival course" option in the previous step, you have not been enrolled for it yet. We believe that all CST students have been auto-enrolled. However, we have only an incomplete list of NST and PBST students wishing to take the Computer Science option.

We will process enrollment requests as quickly as possible, but it may take a day or two. You will be emailed when you have been enrolled.

Note that enrolling for the Computer Science Precourse as an NST or PBST student does not commit you to taking the Computer Science paper in the first year. If you wish to work through the material to decide whether or not the option is for you, that is fine.

Step 4: Get Going!

The moodle pages should lead you through what you need to do. You can log in and out at any time. You must complete the course by the first thursday of term (i.e. the day lectures start). This year the first day of lectures takes place on Thursday 8th October 2015.

If you get stuck, please use the Moodle help forum or contact your Director of Studies in your College.

Getting Help

If you need any assistance in getting access to the online course, please email us in the first instance. Once you have access please use the online forum within the Moodle course to ask for help or guidance.