The main work of the Essentials of Computing Systems course is the self-study of a topic and a small project of your choice as a team. These teams are formed on Brightspace and are of size 5 or 6. You can express your preference for a topic below. Each topic is typically assigned to one group, but we may also have a second group studying the same topic for a different perspective. Details about the topics can be found in the overview map and were presented in the introductory lectures.
Your preference is expressed as an integer for each topic. Lower numbers indicate a stronger preference. You can assign equal preferences to multiple topics. You do not have to assign a preference for every topic. The minimum number of preferences to submit is 3.
Topic assignment is performed by linear optimisation to achieve maximum "happiness", that is, to assign to as many groups as possible their most-preferred topic according to the given ranking. If none of your preferences is available, then you may also get a random topic that no one wants. Therefore, the more topics you assign a preference to, the more likely you are to get one of your preferred topics. Assigning more preferences does not affect your chances of getting the topics you prefer most.
The deadline for submitting your preferences is Friday, 01 October 2021 at 23:59.
We store the following information: all fields submitted using this form, your IP address, and the date/time you submitted the form. This information is necessary to assign topics and to be able to investigate technical issues or abuse.
This information will be processed on the university's systems. In principle, it is only accessible to the teacher, but can be shared with IT support and/or the board of examiners in case of (suspected) problems. Based on the "Wet op het Hoger Onderwijs en Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek" and the rules and regulations of the education program, this information will be stored for two years.
All information about this course is available on Brightspace. If you have any questions, please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Brightspace forum.