Assessment Scheme

Summary
Quizzes (10%)
Assignments (30%)
Multiple Choice Exam (10%) - redeemable via mid-semester exam
Mid-semester Exam (25%)
Exam II (25%)

The final mark for COMP1600/COMP6260 is calculated based on seven components:

  • three individual assignments: Assignment 1, worth 10% (A1), Assignment 2, worth 10% (A2), and Assignment 3, worth 10% (A3);
  • ten Wattle-based quizzes, worth 1% each, 10% overall (Q);
  • a multiple choice exam in Week 5, worth 10% (W5);
  • a mid-semester exam, worth 25% (M), and
  • a exam II (F), worth 25%,

Each course has one hurdle requirement:

  • you must get a mark of at least 40% in the mid-semester and
  • you must get a mark of at least 40% in exam II.

Failure at this hurdle hurdle will result in failure of the course.

The marks for the first exam in Week 5, are redeemable via the mid-semester exam. This means that if you perform poorly in the exam, or miss it for any reason, then you have the opportunity to make up for it in the mid-semester exam.

You will have unlimited attempts for the Wattle quizzes during the time frame (from Thursday to Wednesday). A quiz is composed of several questions. You will get 1 point in a quiz if you answer correctly at least 60% of the questions that composed it, 0 otherwise. To make up for any unforeseeable circumstances regarding finishing the quizzes, the final marks for quizzes will be calculated by taking your best 8/10.

You can calculate your final mark using the following formulae (provided that you pass the hurdles):

Final mark = (A1 + A2 + A3 + Q + max(W5, M/2.5) + M + F).

More details

Quizzes:

Weekly quiz on Wattle. The quiz in week \(n\) will be about lectures on week \(n\) (same week). They will be available on Wattle from Thursday on week \(n\) to Wednesday on the following week. This will give you the oppotunity to (possibly in this order) attend the oncampus/online lecture, check the worked examples and answer the quiz before going to practicals of the following week. Quizzes contribute 10% to the final mark of the course.

For your reference (deadline has been extended until Fridays: from week 2):

  • Quiz 1: is available (Wattle) on 29/07, and closes on 04/08;
  • Quiz 2: is available (Wattle) on 05/08, and closes on 12/08 (extended until 18/08);
  • Quiz 3: is available (Wattle) on 12/08, and closes on 20/08;
  • Quiz 4: is available (Wattle) on 19/08, and closes on 27/08;
  • Quiz 5: is available (Wattle) on 26/08, and closes on 03/09;
  • Quiz 6: is available (Wattle) on 23/09, and closes on 01/10;
  • Quiz 7: is available (Wattle) on 30/09, and closes on 08/10;
  • Quiz 8: is available (Wattle) on 07/10, and closes on 15/10;
  • Quiz 9: is available (Wattle) on 14/10, and closes on 22/10;
  • Quiz 10: is available (Wattle) on 21/10, and closes on 29/10.

Multiple choice exam in Week 5:

  • contributes to 10% of the final mark. Results will be released before census date;
  • will run on Wattle;
  • is redeemable via the mid-semester Exam in Week 7.

(updated on 18.08)

  • will cover all topics seen before the exam: from week 1 to week 5 (until Wednesday, 25 August);
  • will run for 1 hour on Friday, 27 August during the lecture (from 4 to 5pm);
  • will be open from 3:55pm until 5:05pm to account for any overhead time in logging in. You will have, however, 1 hour (60 mins) from the moment you start the attempt, or until 5:05pm, whichever comes first;
  • You will not be required to upload answers. You will answer everything in Wattle;
  • Wattle link. (updated on 25.08)
  • Exam notes: link

Assignments

Three assigments contributing 30% to the final mark (10% each). Assignments have a one-week return (via Wattle):

  • Assignment1: release on Friday 13 August, due on Friday 20 August release on Wednesday, 11 August, due on Wednesday 25 August (dates changed due to lockdown in ACT.);
  • Assignment2: release on Friday, 24 September, due on Friday, 1 October release on Friday, 03 September, due on Friday, 01 October time has been extended.
  • Assignment3: release on Friday 15 October, due on Friday 22 October.

(updated on 06.08) Note that submitting an assignment without the signed Pledge of Academic Integrity and Originality statement will be marked as 0. Also, submitting more than one different solution for the same question is unacceptable and your mark for the question will be 0.

Exams

Two 1.5 hour exams contributing 50% to the final grade of the course (25% each):

Mid-semester exam

  • covers all content from the practicals up to week 6. That is to say, the exam covers from Week 1 to Hoare Logic partial correctness (syntax, semantics and proving loop-less programs) \(^{note}\);
  • runs on Wattle. It will include both multiple choice and written questions. For the written questions you will be able to either write the answer down on Wattle or on paper. For the latter, you need to upload your answer into Wattle;
  • The exam will run for 2 hours 20 mins, this includes an overhead of 30 minutes for uploading scans or photos of handwritten solutions.
  • needless to say that the exam runs on a strict Academic Integrity policy.
  • More information will be posted here, Piazza and send to your emails, when the time is approaching.

    (updated on 3.09)

  • the exam will be (see ANU Exam timetable) on Week 7, on Monday, 20 September, 2021, from 6:40 pm to 9:00pm (Canberra time). This includes:
    • set-up, authenticate, and reading (20 mins),
    • writing (90 mins) and
    • overhead of uploading files (30 min).
  • This exam has a hurdle requirement:
    • you must get a mark of at least 40% in the mid-semester.

    Failure at this hurdle hurdle will result in failure of the course.

  • Wattle link. It will be open from 6:35pm to 9:05pm to account for any overhead time in logging in. You will have, however, 2 hours and 20 mins (140 mins) from the moment you start the attempt, or until 9:05pm, whichever comes first;
  • The exam will run in the evening advised by the Associate Dean [Education], to ensure teaching does not overlap with assessment;
  • The exam is open book: you may use any resources, specifically the course notes, to answer the questions. The ANU policy for academic integrity applies to this exam. This means in particular:
    • you may not collaborate with others during the exam via any means;
    • the exam must be your own work;
    • you may not use any Q&A websites or tools (this is a pen and paper exam).
  • As a reminder, based on the Misconduct rules of the University, we may call up students to provide further explanations about their submitted answers;
  • We have set up a dummy Wattle Exam for you to get familiar to the type of questions we may ask during the mid-semester exam. In particular, there is a question that allows you to upload files. We strongly suggest you try to upload some files, so you get familiar to the mechanics. This will play in your benefit during the actual exam as you won’t spend too much time trying to upload files. The dummy exam will be open from 3 September, 6pm until 20 September, 4pm. (This is not a mock exam);
  • We have made available previous exams of the course. You can find them here. Be aware that we previously ran final exam covering the content of the whole course;
  • See more information on the logistics link.

\(^{note}\) Proving partial correctness of programs with loops and total correctness will be assessed in exam II.

Exam II

  • covers all content in Week 6 to Week 12:
    • From Hoare Logic Total Correctness (including partial correctness with loops) until Decidability.
    • (for fairness) covers topics that we have seen in the practicals.
  • runs on Wattle. It will include both multiple choice and written questions. For the written questions you will be able to either write the answer down on Wattle or on paper. For the latter, you need to upload your answer into Wattle;
  • The exam will run for 2 hours 20 mins, this includes an overhead of 30 minutes for uploading scans or photos of handwritten solutions.
  • needless to say that the exam runs on a strict Academic Integrity policy.
  • More information will be posted here, Piazza and send to your emails, when the time is approaching.

    (updated on 22.10)

  • the exam will be (see ANU Exam timetable) on Saturday, 6 November, 2021, from 5:30 pm to 7:50pm (Canberra time). This includes:
    • set-up, authenticate, and reading (20 mins),
    • writing (90 mins) and
    • overhead of uploading files (30 min).
  • This exam has a hurdle requirement:
    • you must get a mark of at least 40% in exam II.

    Failure at this hurdle hurdle will result in failure of the course.

  • Wattle link. It will be open from 5:25pm to 7:55pm to account for any overhead time in logging in. You will have, however, 2 hours and 20 mins (140 mins) from the moment you start the attempt, or until 7:55pm, whichever comes first;
  • The exam will run in the afternoon advised by the Associate Dean [Education], to ensure teaching does not overlap with assessment;
  • The exam is open book: you may use any resources, specifically the course notes, to answer the questions. The ANU policy for academic integrity applies to this exam. This means in particular:
    • you may not collaborate with others during the exam via any means;
    • the exam must be your own work;
    • you may not use any Q&A websites or tools (this is a pen and paper exam).
  • As a reminder, based on the Misconduct rules of the University, we may call up students to provide further explanations about their submitted answers;
  • We have set up a dummy Wattle Exam for you to get familiar to the type of questions we may ask during the mid-semester exam. In particular, there is a question that allows you to upload files. We strongly suggest you try to upload some files, so you get familiar to the mechanics. This will play in your benefit during the actual exam as you won’t spend too much time trying to upload files. The dummy exam will be open from 25 October, 8am until 6 November, 2pm. (This is not a mock exam);
  • We have made available previous exams of the course. You can find them here. Be aware that we previously ran final exam covering the content of the whole course;
  • See more information on the logistics link.

Updated:    23 Nov 2021 / Responsible Officer:    Head of School / Page Contact:    Victor Rivera