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August 31, 2006 11:35AM

I'm thinking about taking this course next year. How do you find the course? Any advice appreciated.


Anonymous User
Re: Advice
August 31, 2006 01:10PM
dont to much work

like 3000 million sections to study
Re: Advice
September 04, 2006 12:30PM
I second that. This course consists mainly of memorizing hundreds of tiny details and then, presumably, blurting them back out in the exam. The practical knowledge can probably be summarized into 1 page.
Re: Advice
September 04, 2006 04:03PM
what modules would you recommend? I am majoring in computer science and have decided on the following 3 modules: COS301, COS311 and COS361.

I need to choose the 4th one from one of the following: COS321, COS340, COS351. I have read on the forum quite discouraging comments about all these modules. So I'm a bit stuck.


Anonymous User
Re: Advice
September 04, 2006 05:32PM
cos351 has a better text book than cos340 but im not sure which one you should choose.It up to you now.
Re: Advice
September 05, 2006 08:25AM
It depends what you want to achieve. If you're not going to ever use computer graphics programming skills, don't take computer graphics. It's hard. I think COS321 is the best "generalist" course to take because you're going to encounter operating system issues no matter what work you do. Cos351 is heavily theoretical. I'd take it only if you're planning to write code for a living, especially game code or expert system type code. Or if you're just interested and plan to maybe to post-graduate work.
Re: Advice
October 08, 2006 09:22AM
Hi Mark,

I recently created a COS321 page on the wiki on my website, where you can find out what this module was like...

Sections include:
1 Introduction to operating systems
2 The syllabus
3 Pros of COS321
4 Cons of COS321
5 How to study for COS321
6 Study notes
7 Prescribed textbook
8 External links
9 Humorous asides
10 The exam
11 General comments and tips
12 Students who did this module in 2006

Anyone can edit the wiki, so it would be great if other students would contribute. I'm still busy populating most of the pages. A 'help' page for how to use the wiki will appear at the end of the month, but you can start editing now already if you like.

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