Computer Science STAR course
The Computer Science STAR course is intended for Year 13 Christchurch high school students. Details about the STAR course, including how to enrol and who to contact, are available on the main University STAR site. The material covered in the STAR course is equivalent to COSC 131S1 and COSC 122S2, and uses the same assessment. Normally you should take the regular NCEA Programming and Computer Science standards through your school, even if you plan to take the STAR course. The STAR course is intended for students who are doing well in NCEA (ideally in Programming and Computer Science standards if your school offers them) and wish to be stretched further.
When and where?
Classes are held separately from the main COSC 131 and COSC 122 courses. Students need to attend the following on campus:
COSC 131 STAR
Lectures for COSC 131 STAR are held on Mondays from 5-6pm in room Jack Erskine 101. Labs run on Wednesdays from 4–6pm in Jack Erskine 001, which is on the bottom floor of the Jack Erskine building. Students should watch the lecture videos online before the lecture class and come along with questions. Lectures and labs will start in week 1 of Semester 1 on Monday 20 Feb 2023. Students should feel free to download notes, watch lecture videos and work on labs as soon as they get access to the course web-pages. There is no need to wait until the first actual class.
COSC 122 STAR
Lectures for COSC 122 STAR are held on Mondays from 4-6pm in Jack Erskine room 340. Labs run on Thursdays from 4pm–6pm in Jack Erskine 001, which is in the basement level of the Jack Erskine building. Lectures and labs will start in week 1 of Semester 2, ie, the week starting on Monday 17 July 2023.
Are these courses available as a distance courses?
Neither course is run as a distance course. Students wishing to study computer science in High School should normally take the NCEA Programming and Computer Science standards through their school (see the CSANZ site for more information).