There are heaps of avenues for getting help in this course—here are four tips on making the most of them.

  1. Read the website: make sure you read the stuff on this course website. It might seem like there’s a lot of stuff here (and that’s true) but it’s better than having to read the lecturer’s mind about what they want from you. In particular, you should know about the course policies and the stuff on the resources page.

  2. Attend your weekly lab session: you should look at the lab material ahead of time and come prepared. If you know what aspects of the course you’re struggling with then you can let your tutor know—they’re really keen to help you out. This course has great tutors, so make the most of your lab times.

  3. Start your assignments early: you probably hear this a lot, but you’ll save yourself a lot of pain if you start the assignments early. Make an initial commit (just add your name!) to make sure that your git push is working correctly, and work on it at least till you get stuck—that way you’ll know what stuff you need to ask questions about. Because we use GitLab for assignment submissions we can tell when you made your first push—so if you only started the night before the due date then there’s no hiding that fact.

  4. Ask good questions on the forum: you’re probably not the only one with the same question, so if you ask it there then others can benefit as well. Learning how to ask good questions is a useful skill in this course and beyond, and this course gives you a chance to practice that skill :)

Important dates

These aren’t specific to , but they might be useful to know:

  • Monday 2 March - Last day to add Semester 1 courses on ISIS
  • Tuesday 31 March - Semester 1 Census Date
  • Friday 8 May - Last day to drop Semester 1 courses without failure (WD)
  • Thursday 2 July - Semester 1 results released

Check out the university calendar for a full list of all the dates you need to know about.

Helpful contact info

Here are a few more places you can go and people you can talk to.

Course reps

Your course reps are:


You can get in touch with them at any time with feedback about the course, and you’ll be anonymous (I won’t know who gave the feedback).

CECS Student Services

(02) 6125 4450

CECS Student Experience team

ANU Students’ Association

(02) 6125 2444

ANU Computer Science Students’ Association


You can send course feedback via

Feeling lost

If you’re feeling lost, that’s ok. The most important thing to remember is that the lecturers and tutors really want to help you out, so make sure you let us know if you have any questions.

It’s a proven fact (with science!) that there’s often a gap between a student’s “felt” proficiency (how much you feel you know) and actual proficiency (how much you actually know) during the course:

felt vs actual proficiency

So if you feel like you’re struggling, you may well be at the “bottom” part of that yellow curve, just before the moment when it all comes together. Hang in there!

General information & support services

If you’ve been studying at the ANU for a while you probably already know about these websites, but here’s a list of various tools/repositories of information to help you in your studies at the ANU.

Updated:    08 Jul 2020 / Responsible Officer:    Head of School / Page Contact:    Charles Martin