July 15, 2002
Computing Fundamentals A
Semester 1, 2002
I have many emails from students querying their exam results.
Please read all of the following before querying your particular marks:
There is no automatic right (anywhere in the University) to a second
exam, or to remarking, or to special "help" of any kind.
In particular, as of 2002 the Engineering Faculty no longer offers
"supplementary exams" to students who narrowly failed.
So if you have been told by an older student that you should have
been offered a "supp", they are wrong.
All applications for special consideration (based upon medical or or
other similar personal reasons) have been considered, and if you have
an "S" beside your result, you have been awarded a special
Student Admin will contact you with further details of the timing etc
of this exam.
If you made what you believe was a compelling application for
special consideration, have failed the subject, and do not have an
"S" beside your result, you should contact Louise Walker,
email@example.com, to discuss your situation.
There is some (very small, but definitely non-zero) possibility that
your application for special consideration may not have been
received, or processed correctly.
Otherwise, if you have failed the subject, you will probably need to
re-plan your second-semester enrolment.
In order to do this, you should seek an appointment with either the
Faculty Office, or with a course advisor for the Department in which
you are majoring.
If you are currently enrolled in 433-142 Computing Fundamentals B
in second semester, the obvious substitution is to replace it by
enrolment in 433-141 Computing Fundamentals A.
Subject 433-142 can then be taken as a summer enrolment (on a fee-paying basis) or deferred until semester 1 in 2003.
Students who have failed 433-141 may not enrol in 433-142
in second semester.
The exam books will be available for viewing on Friday 19 July
between 10am and 1pm in my office, room L2.15 of the SEECS Building
at 221 Bouverie Street.
I am unable to spare time for this any earlier this week, so please
be patient until then.
(And sorry, but if you arrive at my office prior to then without an
appointment, or phone or email me to discuss your results, I will
simply refer you to this web page.)
If you decide to come in on Friday, please do not regard this as
an opportunity to have a whinge about your mark.
If obvious errors of arithmetic or oversight are discovered they will
(naturally) be corrected.
My experience is that the number of errors of this kind that have
been made is very small indeed.
In particular, I will not engage in detailed discussion with
respect to the "worth" or otherwise of particular answers, or of the
marking schedule in general, and you should regard the viewing as
simply being an opportunity to look again at what you wrote, and to
verify for yourself that everything that you wrote has been marked.
The truth is, most students who failed who look at the paucity of
what they wrote in the exam book end up agreeing that they are not
yet ready for 433-142.
Don't think about how many marks you should have got, think instead
about whether you could actually sit down and write a non-trivial
A further opportunity for exam viewing in the first week
of semester will also be created, to allow for students who
are not in Melbourne this week.
Watch here for details.
Information about the examination, including some general advice,
and details of a sample exam,
is available here.
The sample solution is available here.
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First Year Center.
Will be open for consultation from 3pm to 5pm Wed/Thu/Fri 5/6/7 June,
slightly earlier than first advised (sorry).
(Note, Monday 10 June is a public holiday).
Chris will be available for his regular consultation from 1-3pm on
Tuesday afternoon; and Martin is available from 1-3pm Wednesday
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A list of lab attendance
is linked here.
Students who attended 8 or more of their lab classes have a mark of 8 recorded,
and will get the full 10% of assessment allocated to this component
of the subject.
Students who attended 3 or fewer labs will be given 0%
for this component of assessment.
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A list of marks for the project
is linked here.
Projects themselves can be collected from Student Services in the SEECS Building from 12:00 to 12:30 daily, starting next Monday.
(Student Services will not be open at any other times.)
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Marks and general information about the test is available
If you wish to see your test paper, you need to visit Chris
during his consultation hours, Tuesday, 2:15pm-4:15pm,
or by making an appointment for another time by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Test papers will also be available for viewing during daily consultation times
during swotvac. These times will be advised next week.
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A sample solution appears
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