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Computer Science by Seán O'Doherty
Computer Science by Seán O'Doherty

Computer Science by Seán O'Doherty

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Seán O'Doherty

Computer Science at UCD


Computer Science is at most times a challenging but rewarding course. Until recent years, there were no computer based courses available for kids or teens, so the majority of incoming students usually come in with very little or no programming experience. Due to this, most students are learning new skills from scratch in first year, with maths, engineering and possibly physics (that's a very slight "possibly") being the only popular Leaving Certificate subjects which relate to the course at all.

Despite this, if you have a mathematical or logically thinking mind, CompSci is a great course to take. There's nothing more satisfying than when something just works the way you wanted it to. When you get into the swing of things, it almost becomes enjoyable to do projects, and to look back afterwards and think "wow, I made that" is a great feeling. If you're a problem solver, it's the course for you.

Fruitful conversation

"if you have a mathematical or logically thinking mind, CompSci is a great course to take. "

 

You'll find that a lot of CompSci (especially software engineering) is group based, and working together makes things so much easier. One of my favourite parts about CompSci is how practical it is. Apart from learning a few fundamental basics, there is very little theory based learning in most of the core modules. It's good, logical, hands-on work. It just makes so much sense.

Societies

NetSoc & ElecSoc


The most notable Computer Science society is netsoc (Computer Science and Networking Society). This is an essential for anyone doing the course. They offer lots of resources for CompSci students and organise events such as coding competitions, coffee mornings and even talks from special guests and on subjects such as hacking.

 
“They offer lots of resources for CompSci students and organise events such as coding competitions,”
 

IMPROMPTU NETSOC LUNCH EVENT!!!If more than 20 people get to the grass outside the student centre by 2 I can justify buying pizza and ice cream -Emmet

Posted by UCD Netsoc on Tuesday, April 7, 2015
 

Our end of year report seemingly :D

Posted by UCD Netsoc on Monday, April 6, 2015

 

ElecSoc (Electronic and Electrical Engineering Society) is also a great society to join for those who are into things like robotics.

 
“They offer lots of resources for CompSci students and organise events such as coding competitions,”
 

Don't forget about Robotics this evening, same time same place (7pm in 329 Eng). Robots are getting more impressive...

Posted by Electronic & Electrical Engineering Society && IEEE Student Branch - UCD on Thursday, October 9, 2014
 

Quick tip for first years


Do your programming assignments!

All of them. If you fall behind in semester 1 of first year, you'll still be catching up in second or even third year. It is not worth slacking off in first year for how much it will come back to bite you down the line. Trust me. Hit the ground running and you'll do extremely well.