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Read CATAM News for up-to-date information about the Computational Projects and changes to the `Desktop Services' / `Managed Cluster Service' (DS/MCS) network facilities.


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General | Part IB | Part II | Old Perennials

General items:

08/01/17: Advisors on duty in Lent Term

 

Part IB Projects:

08/01/17: Paper submission of Part IB Core Projects
08/01/17: Electronic submission of Part IB Core Project files
14/10/16:Introduction to LaTeX: Lecture and Labs
29/07/16: Part IB Manual online

 

Part II Projects:

14/10/16:Introduction to LaTeX: Lecture and Labs
26/07/16: Part II Manual online

 

Less recent, but still relevant:

27/03/08: Warning - cached pages
31/01/07: Make sure you get through to the CATAM Helpline
22/04/04: File security

Details

 

8th January 2017: Paper submission of Part IB Core Projects

Paper submission of Part IB Core Projects will take place in room EL.09 in Pavilion E of the CMS between 10am and 4pm on Tuesday 24th January 2017. There will be directions to EL.09 from the entrance to the CMS. You must submit in person; someone else cannot submit your work for you.

As explained in the Part IB Manual you will need to sign a Submission Form (an example was given in Appendix D of the Manual). You should download the Core Projects Submission Form by clicking on this link (forms will also be available from the CMS reception on the morning of Tuesday 24th January 2017). Please print the form double-sided. Please also make sure that you understand what you are signing, and that you have fully filled in the `Declaration of Discussions and Exchanges' section. In the past a few students have failed to correctly fill in their `Declaration of Discussions and Exchanges'. If the comparison program that we use then identifies similarities, and/or if the Assessors notice similarities, this can lead to an Examination Interview and/or an Investigative Meeting (please see the Computational Projects Manual section on Unfair Means, Plagiarism and Guidelines for Collaboration, including that on Oral Examinations for more details).

As also explained in the Part IB Manual, you should leave a gap 11 cm wide by 5 cm deep in the top right-hand corner on the first page of each project write-up. This is for a sticky label, so that your candidate number (which you will be given on submission day) can be added to each project. Also, while you should write the project number clearly in the top left hand corner of the first page, your name or user identifier should not appear anywhere in the write-up (including programme listings, graphs, etc.), as the scripts are marked anonymously. In addition, please remember to write or print on only one side of the paper, to leave a margin at least 2 cm wide at the left, to number each page, table and graph, not write in pencil or erasable pen, and not to use red or green ink (although red and/or green lines on plots are acceptable).

 

8th January 2017: Electronic submission of Part IB Core Project files

Part IB students are required to submit electronic copies of their project reports (in PDF format) and their programs to the Project Assessors for checking. Files may be submitted up to the deadline of 4pm on 24th January 2017. However electronic submission is already available and you are urged to perform it as soon as possible. Click here for further information. Please note that you will need to know your UIS password in order to complete electronic submission If you have forgotten your single-access UIS password (or Raven) password, then you will need to ask the University Information Service for a Password Reset Token. (If you do know your Raven password, then you can quickly reset your UIS password at https://password.csx.cam.ac.uk.) Resetting passwords can take time so check that you know yours well before submission day.

 

Please note that:

  • For both paper submission and electronic submission the 4pm deadline will be strictly adhered to (unless there are exceptional circumstances, and your Director of Studies has obtained an extension for you).
  • Please do not email asking for confirmation that your electronic submission has been successful; we do not have the resources to provide confirmation. However, if your files are not there we will notice and be in touch.
  • It would help if you made your paper submission as early in the day as you can (unless you like long queues). You should make your electronic submission beforehand; advisors will be on duty in the CATAM MCS room from 10am until 4pm on submission day.

 

8th January 2017: Advisors on duty in Lent Term

An advisor will be on duty in the CATAM MCS room, GL.04, from 2pm until 4pm for the week starting Monday 16th January and ending Friday 20th January.

An advisor will also be on duty on Monday 23rd January and Tuesday 24th January, from 10am until 4pm, since Part IB students will be preparing, and then submitting, their Core Projects.

 

14 October 2016: Introduction to LaTeX: Lecture and Labs

Part IB and Part II students are invited to attend a one-hour lecture by Dr Stephen Eglen, Introduction to LaTeX. LaTeX is a document typesetting system that excels at typesetting mathematical and scientific manuscripts. This lecture is to help those students who wish to use LaTeX to typeset their CATAM submissions. (Note: it is not compulsory to learn LaTeX == you are free to choose your own program, such as Libre Office or Microsoft Word, for your CATAM submissions.)

Lab sessions will be held after the lecture to get hands-on experience with LaTeX. The lecture and labs are aimed at those who have no prior experience of LaTeX.

The lecture will be given in MR3 on the following date:

Thursday 10 November 1-2pm

Further information is available here.

 

29th July 2016: Part IB Manual online

The Manual containing the Part IB Projects for 2016-17 is now available online. If perchance you note any misprints, we would be grateful if you could draw them to our attention.

However familiar you already are with computing, you will need to read the Introduction to the Manual before starting either on the Introductory Project 0.1 (for which a solution will be posted early in the Michaelmas Term), or on the Core Projects 1.1 and 1.2 (which are due to be submitted at the beginning of the Lent Term). Please note that you are required to submit your project reports both as hard-copy and electronically. In particular you will be asked to submit your write-ups electronically in Portable Document Format (PDF) form. Please see the Introduction to the Manual for more details.

Please note that while there are no quality marks, i.e. alphas and betas, for CATAM, the maximum contribution to the final merit mark is roughly the same (averaging over the alpha weightings) as for a 16-lecture course.

Please also make sure you familiarise yourself with the section on Unfair Means, Plagiarism and Guidelines for Collaboration in the Introduction to the Manual.

 

26th July 2016: Part II Manual online

The Manual containing the Part II Projects for 2016-17 is now available online. If perchance you note any misprints, we would be grateful if you could draw them to our attention.

However familiar you feel you already are with the Computational Projects course, you will need to read the Introduction to the Manual. You are required to submit your project reports both as hard-copy and electronically. In particular you will be asked to submit your write-ups electronically in Portable Document Format (PDF) form. Please see the Introduction to the Manual for more details.

As was the case last year, while there are no quality marks, i.e. alphas and betas, for CATAM, the maximum contribution to the final merit mark is the same as the maximum for a 16-lecture course.

Please also make sure you familiarise yourself with the section on Unfair Means, Plagiarism and Guidelines for Collaboration in the Introduction to the Manual.

 

27th March 2008: Warning - cached pages

When checking the latest online version of a project before finalising your write-up, ensure that your computer has not 'cached', and is therefore displaying, the previous version that you accessed.

31st January 2007: Make sure you get through to the CATAM Helpline

When emailing the Helpline:

(1) Always write from your University email address (@hermes or @cam)

(2) If a project is involved, put it it the subject line: e.g., Part II Project 14.5. Otherwise make it clear how the email relates to CATAM, e.g. mention MATLAB.

(3) Include a clear message in the body of the email, making clear the relevance to CATAM: e.g. I have attached the electronic versions of my Part IB Core CATAM Projects.

(4) Discuss only one project and, ideally, only one question in each email.

If for good reason you cannot achieve (1), be particularly careful about (2) and (3).

At first sight the above may seen rather pedantic and unnecessary. However it is the cost of modern communications: the University estimates that it receives over 6 million messages per day of which at least 90% are spam. Most is filtered by the University's spam filter, which will remove emails with no message for example. What gets through to the Helpline still needs filtering, which is done ad hoc, mainly by reference to the sender's address and the subject line.

22nd April 2004: File security

It is important that you keep backup copies of your project files on CD, memory stick or floppy disk to guard against loss by human error (accidental overwriting or deletion), or by hardware problems on your own computer or University/College fileservers.

Do not leave copies of your project files behind on the local hard disk of Managed Cluster Services (MCS) or College computers. If someone took a copy of your work and incorporated it in one of their own programs, you might be accused of unfair collaboration by the Project Assessors.

If you lose a memory stick or floppy disk containing your programs, please report it to the CATAM helpline.

The Computing Service publish these notes on file security on the MCS.