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The School of Computer Science and Software Engineering has a program of activities and events designed to inform secondary school students and teachers about the many areas of computing taught in our courses. 

For further information on any of these activities contact: 

Ms. Michelle Ketchen 
School of Computer Science and Software Engineering 
Monash University 
Caulfield VIC 3145 
Australia 

Telephone:  9903 32488 
Facsimile:    9903 1077 
Email:          marketing-enquiries@csse.monash.edu.au


 
Program of Activities
Event
Participants
Dates
Unisys Monash IT Summer School Year 10 students 17-22 January 1999 16-23 16-21 January 2000 
Programming workshops Year 11 students May, June
Programming workshops Teachers May, June
Smart House workshops Year 11 students May, June
Smart House workshops Teachers May, June
Great Australian Science Show   May
Monash Open Day   6 August 2000
Camp Monash Year 10 students 29 November  - 
1 December  1999
ACS Summer Computing Workshops Year 10 students 6-8 December 1999
Footy Tipping   AFL Football season
Change of preference information sessions Year 12 students 14 Dec - Gippsland 
15 Dec - Clayton 
16 Dec - Peninsula
School visits Secondary schools All year

 
Course Information
Bachelor of Computing Caulfield Campus
Bachelor of Computer Science Clayton Campus
Bachelor of Digital Systems Clayton Campus
Bachelor of Software Engineering Clayton Campus
Other Useful Contacts
Australian Informatics Olympiad Information about the International Olympiad in Informatics (planned first for 1999).  This site has many other relevant links of interest to secondary school students.
Prospective Students Office Provides a liaison between Monash University and secondary schools. 
The office offers a general course inquiry service for all courses and campuses of the university (for Australian residents and citizens). 
Monash International Responsible for the marketing and administration of international fee-paying, scholarship, study abroad and student exchange programs
Transition A Web site concerned with issues affecting students during the transition from school to university.  Information and Web links about on transition related activities and research at Monash. 

For further information on any of our courses visit our course Web pages or contact: 
          The School of Computer Science and Software Engineering
          Monash University

Caulfield campus:
Caulfield VIC 3145 
Australia 

Telephone:  9903 2787 
Facsimile:    9903 1077 

Clayton campus:
Clayton VIC 3168 
Australia 

Telephone:  9905 5200 
Facsimile:    9905 5146 

Email:    ugenquiries@csse.monash.edu.au



 
Unisys Monash IT Summer School
In January 1999 and 2000, the Faculty of Information Technology held the Unisys Monash IT Summer School. The Summer School is  organised and run by members of the Faculty of Information Technology and sponsored by Unisys.  The Summer School is advertised to all Victorian secodary schools.  Sixty Victorian year 10 students and five teachers are selected to participate and for the 1999 and 2000 Summer Schools there were over 300 applicants.  During the week the students and teachers live on-campus at Clayton and participate in a range of activities including project work, sport, recreation and site visits. 

The students spend three hours each day working on an IT related project.  In 1999 and 2000 four Schools in the faculty devised and organised projects for the students to work on during the week.  This provided a range of projects across the disciplines within the faculty.  Staff from the School of Computer Science and Software Engineering developed and designed a project based on the "Smart House" in which a computer monitors and controls aspects of security, cooling and lighting in a minature house. 

For more information:


The third Unisys Monash IT Summer School is currently being planned for January 2001.  Information will be available later this year.

 Smart House Project Details 

The Smart House is an interactive doll's house set up with devices which can be monitored and controlled by a computer.  During the summer school 15 students worked in groups to design and implement their own Smart House system.  On the final day they presented their work to other groups and parents. 

During this project students had the opportunity to: 

  •  build hardware
  •  use software to design, implement and test a Smart House system
  •  play with software that controls the Smart House
  •  write simple programs in Visual Basic
  •  research other Smart Houses on the Web
More information on the Smart House is available here

Project schedule

 
Time
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
9.00am

10.30am
Introduction to Project and Hardware   Smart House Project: plan and design Introduction to Visual Basic Programming Collate Smart House research findings
 Morning tea
         
11.00am 

1.00pm
Building a "Smart Node" circuit board   Start Smart House Project Finish Smart House Project work Prepartion preparation and on-line project report
Lunch
 
 
 
 
 
1.30pm 

3.30pm
        Awards and project presentations
Afternoon tea
         
4.00pm 

5.30pm
  Smart House Designer      
 Program of Activities


 
 
Programming Workshops
The Visual Basic Programming Workshops, presented by the School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, are intended as introductory programming workshops.  These workshops have been designed and developed for year 11 secondary school students.  Separate workshops are also held for secondary school teachers. 

The workshops are four hours in duration and are scheduled on Sunday mornings during May and June, at the Caulfield campus of Monash.  The dates are as follows: 
 
 

1999 Programming Workshops
9 May Student workshop
16 May Student workshop
23 May Student workshop
30 May Student workshop
6 June Student workshop
13 June Teacher workshop

These workshops are open to any year later year secondary school students and secondary school teachers.  If you wish to participate in one of these workshops, contact Ms. Michelle Ketchen

Outline of Workshop

A knowledge of computer programming is a useful skill for many careers, and essential for any computer professional.  This workshop will introduce students to computer programming using the popular language, Visual Basic. 
 

Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to: 

  • Investigate the Visual Basic programming environment
  • Write Visual Basic code
  • Learn the fundamentals of event driven programming
  • Build a small application in Visual Basic

What do you need to know about computers to do this workshop? 

A basic familiarity with computers is all that is required.  This workshop has been designed for people with no prior knowledge of computer programming.  However if you have some experience in programming or Visual Basic there are extension exercises to try. 
 
 
 
Workshop Timetable 
Time Activity 
9:30am - 10:00am Introduction and overview of workshop 
10:00am  - 11:00pm Exploring Visual Basic 
11:00am - 11:30am  Morning Tea 
11:30am - 1:00pm  Programming a game in Visual Basic 

Program of Activities



 
 
Smart House Workshops
The "Smart House" Workshops presented by the School of Computer Science and Software Engineering are designed for later year secondary school students. Separate workshops are also held for secondary school teachers. 

The workshops are four hours in duration and are scheduled on Sunday mornings during May and June, at the Clayton campus of Monash.  The dates are as follows: 
 
 

1999 Smart House Workshops
9 May Student workshop
16 May Student workshop
23 May Student workshop
30 May Student workshop
6 June Student workshop
13 June Teacher workshop

These workshops are open to any later year secondary school students and secondary school teachers.  If you wish to participate in one of these workshops, contact Ms. Michelle Ketchen

Outline of Workshop

Our School covers many aspects of computing.  In this workshop participants will build hardware and use software for a computer controlled doll's house called the "Smart House". 
 

During this workshop participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Build some hardware, including soldering their own circuit board
  • Use the Smart House Designer software to test their hardware
  • Design, implement and test their own Smart House
More information on the Smart House is available here

 What do you need to know to do this workshop? 

A basic familiarity with computers is all that is required.  During the workshop you will be supplied with all the tools and components you will need.
 
 
Workshop Timetable 
Time Activity 
9:00am - 9:30am  Introduction and discussion of workshop 
9:30am  - 11:00pm Construction of "smart node" board and interface electronics 
11:00am - 11:30am  Morning Tea 
11:30am - 12:00pm  Testing and Discussion 
12:00noon - 1:00pm  Experimentation 

Program of Activities



 
 
Camp Monash
Camp Monash is a three day residential program for year 11 students.  It is held in November each year at the Clayton campus.  Camp Monash aims to provide students with a realistic and honest view of university studies and life.  Activities include a program of sessions run by each Faculty of Monash University.  Students are able to choose a particular interest area.  The IT area is always very popular.

Camp Monash 1998

At Camp Monash in 1998, CSSE organised and ran all the sessions for the Faculty of Information Technology.  Over 30 students attended three sessions:

  •      Video conferencing

Camp Monash 1999

At Camp Monash 1999, CSSE staff ran introductory programming sessions in Visual Basic.
For more information contact the Prospective Students Office
 
 

Program of Activities




 
 
Great Australian Science Show

The Great Australian Science Show is held in Melbourne each year as part of the Victorian celebration of National Science week.  This year it was held in the Melbourne Exhibition and Conference Centre from 6 - 9 May. 

The School of Computer Science and Software Engineering exhibited the Smart House.  The Smart House is an interactive doll's house set up with devices which can be monitored and controlled by a computer. 
 
 

Program of Activities



Monash Open Day

Scenes from Monash Open day 1998 

Program of Activities


 

Scenes from Monash Open day 1999 

Program of Activities




 
 
ACS Summer Computing Workshops

 
The Australian Computer Society organise Summer Computing Workshops for year 10 students in December each year.  In 1999 these will be held from 6-8 December at La Trobe University.  Staff from the School of Computer Science and Software Engineering will be presenting sessions at these workshops. 

Program of Activities



 
 
School Visits
Staff from the School of Computer Science are available to visit secondary schools and give presentations to students about our courses.  We welcome opportunities to visit schools on other occasions, such as careers information evenings for parents and/or students.  If you wish to organise a visit, please contact  Ms. Michelle Ketchen

Program of Activities


 
 
 
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