All activities for COMP1720 will be online in Semester 2, 2020. Please keep aware of the latest rules for physical distancing on campus and in your community.

Lab signups will open at 12PM, Monday 27 July on streams.

The week 1 lab is special—you’re supposed to do it in your own time (you can start now!). If you’re new to all this stuff, there will be optional week 1 drop-in lab sessions on Tuesday 28 July 3pm–5pm on Teams, and Friday 31 July 1pm–3pm (before the Friday lecture).

COMP1720 labs will be held on Microsoft Teams.

Each week you’ll get a new set of challenges to work through, and the labs are the best time to get help from your lab-mates and tutors.

In addition, your weekly lab session is where you’ll get your visual diary entry marked from week 2 onwards.


Day Time Location FAIS ID Tutors
Monday 11am-1pm online mon11am Cecilia, Brent
Monday 1pm-3pm online mon1pm Edith, Harrison
Monday 3pm-5pm online mon3pm Cecilia, Yichen
Tuesday 11am-1pm online tue11am Yichen, Harrison
Tuesday 1pm-3pm online tue1pm Alfred, Harrison
Tuesday 3pm-5pm online tue3pm Edith, Brent
Wednesday 9am-11am online wed9am Alfred, Yichen
Wednesday 11am-1pm online wed11am Cecilia, Brent


All COMP1720 labs will be held online in Semester 2, 2020. We use Microsoft Teams for our lab environment and as a place for you to chat and hang out with students and teachers during the course.

You can run Teams in your web browser, as a desktop app (Windows/Mac/Linux), or on your mobile device. It’s a good idea to log into Teams in the first week and make sure you know how it works. Check out our page on online labs and lectures for detailed information.

The course software is pre-installed on all the lab machines, although the base operating system (OS) is Linux in the CSIT labs and macOS in the PK labs.

Most of the work in this course will be on your own computer, so make sure you set up VSCode, git and Firefox in Week 1.

Another option for the course tools is to use a virtual lab computer through a remote connection. This is called “ANU Virtual Information Commons”


See the sidebar for the links to each week’s lab content. It’s on the left-hand-side of this page, or click the “hamburger” menu up the top if you’re on a mobile device.

If you have other questions about p5 or art/interaction/code in general, then bring them along to the labs—this is a time where you can pick your classmates’ and tutor’s brains about whatever’s on your mind re: art & interaction.

Contacting your tutors

If you want to get in touch with your tutor, you can message them directly on the COMP1720 forum or on Microsoft Teams. The tutors in this course are really great and they will try really hard to help you out—although the usual advice about not leaving things to the last minute applies here. If you feel like you’ve got an issue you can’t talk to your tutor about for whatever reason, then contact us directly.

Updated:    21 Sep 2020 / Responsible Officer:    Head of School / Page Contact:    Charles Martin