This page contains information specific to the second year of study for all undergraduates studying computing at Imperial College London - that is Computing and JMC students.
Second year overview
I hope you all had an enjoyable summer break and feel ready for a new year. There are a number of important differences between the first year and the second year:
- The second year coursework and lab-work exercises are fewer in number, but larger in size than those in the first year. You should not expect to be able to complete these exercises at the last minute.
- Some of the taught courses in the second year are compulsory and some are optional. You can find more information about this on the 2nd Year Options page.
- All lab-work marks contribute towards your year's lab total. The pass mark for the lab is 40% and you must pass the lab to pass the year.
- All taught causes are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework (counting for 85% and 15% of the mark for the course, respectively).
The pass mark for each course is 40% (from combined exam/coursework) and you must pass each course to pass the year.
The coursework and lab-work schedules for the year can be found on CATe. You should always ensure that your work has been submitted correctly by checking the uploaded copy soon after submission. If you have any queries, these should be raised with either the Senior Tutor or the Second Year Coordinator.
Note that the Compilers Lab in the autumn term requires strong Java implementation skills and the OS Lab in the spring term requires strong C implementation skills, so be sure to review your first year notes.
In order to progress to the 3rd Year of the MEng program, students must achieve an overall (second year) aggregate mark of at least 60%. Students who fail to achieve this will normally be required to transfer to the 3rd Year of the BEng program
You are required to be around at all times during the college term, especially including weeks 1 and 11 of each term. You should also be aware that after your Summer term exams you will be as busy as the rest of the year with a group WebApps project and its related lecture series.
Note that if you are an overseas student and you are considering undertaking a summer internship, then you must make sure that you do not commence any full-time employment before the official end of the summer term - Friday 29th June 2018. This is regardless of whether your formal work has finished for the year before this date.
If you take up full-time work within term time, then you will be jeopardising your visa status in the UK. Our term dates are publicised with the UKBA (UK Border Agency), so you cannot afford to run the risk with this.
You are expected to meet coursework and lab-work deadlines, but if there are difficulties with this please contact the Second Year Coordinator or Senior Tutor as soon as possible. Extensions to submission dates can be agreed in extreme cases, but in general late submissions will be capped at the pass mark (40%) for 24 hours and after this will receive no marks.
Note that it is always best to submit what you have done by the deadline.
Whilst it can be useful to contact individual lecturers for advise on their coursework, please note that they are not able to grant extensions or approve late submissions.
In general, if you have any problems during the year you should contact:
- your Year Reps: (tbd)
- the Second Year Coordinator
(JMC students can also contact the JMC Coordinator)
- the Senior Tutor
- your Personal Tutor
I wish you a happy and productive year of studies. With four courses in each of the autumn and spring terms as well as the larger lab-work, you will have a busy schedule. The key to success is to keep up with lecture material so as not to leave too much to do at revision time.
For more detailed information on specific elements of the second year, please follow the links on the right.