Mid-semester and exam II logistics

Please read the following carefully. Please note that details here may be updated, and you should re-read this information as you get closer to the exam time.

  • Mid-semester and exam II run on Wattle. It may include multiple choice and written questions. For 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;
    • (updated on 22.10) you can use Microsoft lens to take a picture of your solution to upload it to Wattle. The main advantage with this is that Microsoft lens can synchronise to your OneDrive ANU account. If something were to happen to your submission, you could use OneDrive history capabilities to show that you did your work within the time frame.
  • needless to say that the exam runs on a strict Academic Integrity policy.

There will be two channels of communication. A Zoom room (link here) where you can use the Q&A option to ask questions, and Piazza, where you can post privately your question. We highly encourage you to attend the Zoom room as you will receive announcements (if any).

Self invigilation

The exam will be self-invigilated. You should create a screen recording of your entire exam (details below), including a webcam image of you and an ID card. Note that this process is encouraged, but not required. You will not be asked to pass your recording on to ANU. You should keep your recording safely until one month after the exam. If the ANU should raise any concerns about the integrity of the work you did during the exam, you will have the option to submit your screen recording as evidence to support your case.

What you need to do in the weeks before the exam

Before the exam, you need to make sure all of your software is working correctly, that you know how to do screen recordings, can capture a live view on your webcam while doing a screen recording, and check the dummy exam on Wattle.

  1. Find screen recording software that you trust works well on your computer. Test it, and make sure you can successfully record the whole of your screen. Some options:
    • Quicktime is built into MacOS and allows you to easily do a screen recording. Instructions from Apple here. Note that for Mojave and later, you can bring up the screen recording with the hotkey Shift+Command+5, described here.
    • Free Cam is an application for Windows that provides very similar features to Quicktime. There are instructions on how to use Free Cam here.
    • VLC is a widely used open source application for Windows, MacOs, and Linux. VLC supports screen recordings as described here.
    • OBS is an industrial-strength recording platform for Linux, Windows and MacOS. It does far more than screen recording (we used it to record some of our lectures), and is somewhat more complex than the above options. It is free and has good online support. Instructions on how to do a screen recording with OBS are here.
    • Nvidia’s ShadowPlay is a simple way to record your whole desktop if you are using Windows and have a supported Nvidia graphics card. Here’s a youtube video explaining how to do it.
    • AMD offers similar software if you are using a supported AMD graphics card. Details from AMD here.
  2. Ensure that you have a working webcam and bring up a live view of your face, and your ID card, while recording. Ensure that this works, so that your screen recording can include a live view of you and your ID (if you do not have an ANU ID you should use your driver’s license or passport).

  3. Familiarise yourself with the exam logistics by checking the dummy exam on Wattle (here).

  4. Try doing some questions with your screen recording going to ensure that it captures your work. Include a brief live view with your webcam and ID at the start of the recording. Be sure to stop your screen recording at the end and check the saved file has captured things correctly. Ensure that your recording contains your whole screen and your webcam live view at the start.

What you need to do during the Exam

  1. Make yourself comfortable and power down all communication channels, besides the class Piazza forum and the exam zoom session.
  2. Start your full screen recording now. Use your webcam to show your face and your ANU ID or your license or passport.
  3. Complete the exam. Some of the questions can be written down. Make sure you scan (or take a picture) your answers and upload the files on time.
  4. We will announce on the Zoom meeting 30 minutes before the end of the exam, so you check again that you’ve uploaded all of your work.
  5. At the end of the exam (this is when you have submitted all your answers in Wattle), stop your screen recording, save it, check it, and keep it in a safe place for one month. Do not send it to ANU.

Only in case you have difficulties submitting your answers on Wattle, you can email your answers to comp1600@anu.edu.au, with an explanation of the problem.

Exam Dos and Don’ts

  • Do not submit your video recording. This file stays private to you, unless we have a specific reason to request this file from you.

  • Do not post to Piazza visible to all during the exam - ever.

  • Feel free to ask questions either using the Q&A in the Zoom meeting, or directly posting to “Instructors” on Piazza.

  • The exam is designed so that you do not need to consult any material, but if you feel the urge to look up something, this is fine.

  • Do not use any communication system (other than direct posts on Piazza to Instructors and the class exam zoom) during your exam - if you do, it will be counted immediately as collusion and will have serious academic honesty consequences.

  • Do not upload any material anywhere (other than on Wattle). If you do so, you will also become part of an academic collusion case which will stay on your permanent record at the ANU.

  • Be very very careful searching for any material on-line or using any software/tools different that the ones already discussed (e.g. Zoom). If you find yourself seeing references to material which might be the result of collusion (which hopefully will not exist) or using tools to solve the exercises on the questions, you are one click away from becoming part of a serious academic honesty case yourself. Based on basic academic standards, we also expect you to reference in your answers anything which you might have included in your working. You will likely waste valuable time for your exam and expose yourself to serious risks, so we recommend to defer from doing so.

Dummy Exam

We have a dummy exam on Wattle and sample exams. Take your time to familiarise yourself with the type of questions and the logistics of the exam.

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