Hi! I’m Matt. I’m 24 and a current second year computer science student at Goldsmiths. I’ll basically be blogging about my degree, what work or projects I’m on and any computing related work I’m doing outside of uni. Here’s a picture of me looking somewhat inspirational in my kitchen; no doubt thinking of doubles or 32 bit single precision floating point binary representation.
Currently I’m working on my Android, Networks & Web and Distributed Programming courseworks and looking forward to the exams in May. Fun! I’m also putting together a project for the Warden about the library at Goldsmiths for the student union. My contribution for the presentation will be presenting it myself and putting together a video of the interviews we did. Though, an in-proportionate amount of time currently is going into an excessive and perhaps joke intro. Think dubstep, and lens flares, and contrast. Yeah, about that.
Outside of uni I work for a company iBid as one of their technicians. They provide wireless silent bidding systems for auctions and events. So I set up the wireless networks in the big event halls/rooms in connection to our server, set up all the tablets and configure them for the tables and manage the guestlist/table number database throughout the night. We also set up the displays and dynamic leaderboards on stages and TVs around the room, so it’s working with a lot of AV people too. It’s quite a lot of fun, getting to be privy to VIP celebrity auctions but pretty long hours and hard work. Most of them don’t finish way beyond midnight, so not for everyone.
Hopefully I can put some examples of what I’m doing as I progress and as deadlines loom next week I’m sure spotting something I missed on the marking criteria will give me something to show off I’ve just done. Back to work!
This week, for the first time, we are running our 3rd year exams in January rather than in the summer. This is part of our continual process of updating our degrees to make sure that our students get the best and most relevant experience they can.
We are doing it to make sure our final year projects are the best they can be. The final year project is our students’ opportunity to work on a large scale software development project like one they will work on when they get a job as a programmer. Employers are looking for graduate software developers who have practical programming experience and so the final year project is a vital part of the portfolio our graduates can show to employers. We have therefore made it an important part of their degree and work hard to make it as close to work in industry as possible.
Like most universities we used to run our projects at the same time as the 3rd year taught courses. Many students told us that this made it difficult to work on the project, as they were torn between working on their course works and on their project and could never concentrate on their project as they should. Based on this feedback we took the radical step of making the second term project only, so they could concentrate entirely on their project and have a term entirely dedicated to practical work as a preparation for their first job.
We tried this last year and our students gave us great feedback, and produced some excellent projects, but they still said they couldn’t concentrate 100% on their projects because they still had to do exams in the summer. So this year we have moved their exams to the first week of this term, after which they can concentrate on nothing but their projects.
It’s been a lot of hard work for us, we are the only department to have exams in January and organising them at this time has meant a lot of preparation to tight deadlines, but it will all be worth it if it gives our students the opportunity to work on exciting projects and to do great work.