Course starts Monday, October 30

Welcome to the course website and this course blog!

Hopefully you have already read my welcome letter, sent to you in September (also available in the right menu) from Linnaeus University. As you can see, some important things have to be carried out before the course starts. Among others I’ve described the need for checking out your LNU user account. The next step is to register for the course, which is the prerequisite for full access to features and material on this website. (The web-based self-registration feature is now open since the start of the autumn term.) Here you will find instructions about that and other useful information if being a new LNU student. After registering you may log in (see login tab in upper right corner) and finally get access to all course material.

The introduction letter provided some brief overview of the course content and structure, and I recommend that you now complete that with a tour of this website. Start by reading the “package” information About the course. In the Course syllabus (see left-hand menu) you may see the expected learning outcomes, which are described in more detail in the introduction to each Step 1-6. Examination of respective course “step” takes place through theoretical step tests at each terminating checkpoint, as well as in a final overview test according to the course’s Study plan. The practical applications of the course are examined by reporting your laboratory assignments at the same times. Read more about what requirements and criteria that apply to your examinations on the pages Laboratory instructions and About Examination!

By visiting the course’s Discussion forum in Slack (see left menu), you can take the opportunity to make a post if you have any questions! In Slack you can configure whether you want to receive push notifications to your phone when new messages are posted in the course blog or posts are made to the group. An interesting news from this fall is that we will also be able to keep our tutoring sessions in this forum, i.e. share screen and voice communication (individually or in groups as desired). Your prerequisites for success in the course are therefore very good, so don’t miss these opportunities to give or receive support through teachers or other participants in Slack! On the Contact page you can read how to easily create your Slack account, or in what other ways you communicate with us and get the support needed during the course. In the other menu items you will find more important course information and preparations required before course start:

  • Course literature – see information on corresponding menu-item to the left! Before you’ve got hold of your textbook, you can visit the Link gallery to find resources with supplementary useful information!
  • Software - as mentioned in the welcome letter, it’s important that you as quickly as possible get a C++ compiler!
  • Study plan with step instructions and important deadlines will help you plan the course work – read it carefully to know when deadlines and “steptests” occurs. (Edit 2017-10-12: Study plan updated for course round 2017!)

Detailed course content you will eventually find in each one of the course steps in the left menu. Though please note that the website will be subject to updating and adjustments up until the week before course starts, meaning that some information may still be out of date. TIP! Adding a bookmark (or equivalent) to the course web right now, will make it easier to return here next time.

Welcome back to the start of the course! / Anne