Department of Computer Science and Technology

Course pages 2017–18

Topical Issues

Principal lecturer: Dr Robert Harle
Taken by: Part II
Past exam questions

No. of lectures: 8
Suggested hours of supervisions: 1 or 2


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 computing 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 and account for the diaries of external lecturers, the detailed syllabus is confirmed in 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.