A friend of mine is studying CS at UQ, and this year they are using The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs as a first year text. I am personally pleased to see UQ buck the 'vocational education' trend that has been decimating IT degree courses recently. OTOH it does make life a little tougher on the students, and although this is a good thing, there are ways of making life a little easier. One is to point students at the videos of SICP lectures given by Abelson and Sussman at MIT. I have watched them and they are very good, I highly recommend them to anyone approaching the book looking for some extra insight into the material. It is also worth pointing at the online version of the book in case anyone wasn't aware it was available.