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Computer science facilities and how I use them

About the computer science facilities and how I use them on my course

Author - Eijaz, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Studying computer science at Hertfordshire offers a variety of renowned facilities that are very popular with all the students. From the robotics lab to the robot house, the computer science learning facilities are amazing for students to enjoy a fascinating experience that is unforgettable!

Throughout my course, I've used the computer science, robotics, and cyber security labs. During my second year, I was in the computer science lab, where I used it specifically for my Networking module. For this year, I use it for my Project Planning module. I use the cyber security lab for my Computer Systems Security Module, and I use the robotics lab for my Embedded Systems Development module. Depending on the course or modules you're studying or going to study, you'll be assigned to a relevant lab.

I will explain the computer science labs below:

Robotics Labs

These labs are designed for students who are studying a degree related to artificial intelligence and robotics. They are also used for research purposes and PhD students usually create innovative robots!

The equipment includes Unix based desktops (for Linux programming) and most notably, 'Baxter' the robot, who is used for research purposes for undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Baxter is programmed to play games, most particularly a game of draughts!

Computer Science Lab

A two-storey lab that consists of three labs for lessons, mostly used for networking tutorials and there are two designated spaces for students to relax or use the computers to complete their assignments. The lab is also used by the IT team for technical support for the University.

Cyber Security Centre

Cybersecurity is hugely popular at Herts. There are two dedicated labs for students to undertake work related to cybersecurity, including real-life penetration testing in a regulated manner and forensic analysis. Research is also commonly used and in the past, data recovery, threat intelligence, and vulnerability information are a few to name as examples of research from the team. Forensic activity is also used where the Law School uses mock cyber-related cases for educational purposes and there's even a dedicated house owned by the University for performing house search examination.

Robot House

The robot house is a four-bedroom house discretely located in Hatfield, close to the University. It accommodates various robots that are used for research and educational purposes.

The robots include:

  • Care-O-bot - This robot is designed to look after support people in their daily lives, particularly the elderly.
  • Pepper - This is the first social humanoid robot that is used to identify human faces and emotions, where it will adapt with their behaviour.
  • Sawyer - This robot is designed for industrial use for undertaking tasks using 2 built in cameras.
  • Turtlebot - A small robot that is controlled with a smartphone to drive, avoiding obstacles at the same time.
  • Miro-E - An animal-like robot that is used for younger children for school purposes.

SPECS Building

For future students, next to the LRC (Learning Resource Centre), there will be a brand new five-storey SPECS building that will accommodate facilities for students who are studying physics, mathematics, engineering and computer science. Currently in construction, The SPECS building is expected to be opened in Spring 2024.

Future prospective students will enjoy state-of-the-art lecture rooms, as well as all the facilities, including the specified labs


Day in the life as a computer science student

A day in the life as a computer science student

Author - Eijaz, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics


I am currently in my final year studying BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence). So far, I have been enjoying my course and learning a lot which is helping me to hopefully secure a career as a full-stack software developer after graduation.

I am currently learning four modules, one of them is Project Planning for my final year project (the most important module in my course as it's worth most of the degree classification!). I am looking forward to attending lectures and tutorials over the next few weeks to prepare for my assessments and working hard to gain the most from my course.

My Regime

I follow a strict timetable and the days vary with my schedule. I commute into campus to attend lectures or tutorials and once finished for the day, I undertake more assignment work or continue with my hobby, which is programming. The days where I have no lectures, I wake up and crack on with completing my assignments, revising for my online tests, and re-watching online lectures. I ensure I take frequent breaks throughout the day to prevent being burnt out.

Advantages of my course

When I came to the Open Day in October 2019, I instantly liked Herts and I was adamant to study Computer Science. Since joining Herts in September 2020, even though my work was online initially due to the pandemic, I really feel happy with the content that I'm studying. The Computer Science lecturers and tutors are amazing and they will dedicate their busy schedule to help you succeed in your modules.

With my course, you can choose five different pathways, including Networks and Software Engineering. Some universities in the UK don't usually offer this!

As I'm undertaking the Artificial Intelligence pathway, I am currently learning topics such as Constructive AI and soon Robotics.

You will learn a lot. The course will equip you with the knowledge to become a successful IT professional and the opportunity to pursue a postgraduate or PhD after graduation is certain.

My Advice

As the weeks go by, make sure you create a fixed timetable and stick with it because assignment work will build up. If you have an assignment being released, make sure you start it as soon as you can to ensure a high chance of securing great marks.

At times, some of the work can be challenging and that is the beauty of computing. You must be passionate in computing or IT before you consider this course. The IT/technology industry is thriving and constantly evolving and I recommend studying Computer Science for enviable job opportunities!


What to do if you’re struggling with your assignments

What to do if you are struggling with your assignments?

Author - Eijaz, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

In my opinion, having assignments can be a fun experience, because it keeps me occupied outside of lectures. My favourite type of assignment is a written essay, because I can showcase my writing skills. However, saying this, at times, assignments can be a struggle to some and I have been there! I will explain how to handle this.

Go back to the lecture slides

Sometimes you may need to go back to the lecture slides, if you are stuck at a particular area in your assignment. Once you have learnt something in your lectures which links with your assignment, it is ideal to use this as guidance.

Do extra research

If you cannot find what you desire, it is ideal to undertake some extra research online. Watch YouTube videos, read news articles, books, etc. They may solve your difficulties. However, you must cite this in your assignment!

Reach out for help

Your module leader and tutor are there to help and guide you at anytime. Ensure you reach out to them for extra support in the certain areas you are stuck on. If you are on campus face-to-face, it will be much easier to communicate, so please make the most of them!

Take a break

If you are struggling, make sure you take a short break to recharge yourself, because solving a task for a long period of time can lead to burnout and poor results. Actually, taking a short break will help you think clearly and may even solve your problem!

Do not ask help from other students

As you know the protocols, you must ensure that you do not collude and/or copy with other students (even copying from the internet), which can lead to academic misconduct, if found guilty. If you want to speak to someone, aforementioned, it is best to speak to both your module leader and tutor for help and guidance.

Good luck with your assignments!


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