Students on the Enterprise Computing (DC200) course turned their hand to making music this semester as part of the 'Introduction to Computer Hardware' (CA112) module. It was part of a new practical session designed by module co-ordinator, Dr. Monica Ward and the technical support team here in the School of Computing.
They performed this task using Raspberry Pi computers and a piece of open-source software called Sonic-Pi, which teaches the concepts of programming through the process of musical composition. The Raspberry Pi is a small credit card sized, low-cost computer, that can be used for many different personal and commerial computing tasks, however the Raspberry Pi was primarily designed by the University of Cambridge to promote the teaching and learning of computer science.
The School of Computing ran yet another active and successful Open Day in DCU on Friday and Saturday 15th and 16th November with over 720 students attending the Computing talks over the two days. Each talk was filled to capacity and many had to be turned away. Students are clearly keen to invest time and effort into understanding the key elements of each computing degree and were eager to ask specific questions about each one and the career prospects following graduation.
It is an obvious indication that computing is becoming a prime choice for students year on year , with the demand driving the CAO points up for each course. There was also a noticeable increase in students who are programming at home in their own time. Some of these students were particularly keen to hear about our new Computational Problem Solving and Software Development (PSSD) degree, a degree designed for those who have programming experience, a sign of the times ahead!
DCU Open Day takes place this Friday and Saturday 15th and 16th November. Come and visit us in the School of Computing to hear all about our exciting courses. Talks run at 10.30, 11.30 and 12.30 both days. Meet our Computing Society, Redbrick and try out a few games with our Games Society gang. It all kicks off at 10am, see you there!