## Assessment Scheme and Mark Calculation#

Summary
Quizzes (10%)
Assignments (40%)
Final Exam (50%)

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

• 10 Mini Assignments, each 4%, in total 40%. In each week i, from 2 to 11:
• Tuesday before the lecture, content covering week i is released.
• Tuesday before the lecture of week i+1 it will be returned.
• 5 auto-marked online quizzes, each 2%, in total 10%, dates to be announced via forum and in lectures. Each quiz will cover (approx.) the last two weeks of its release and/or due date.
• 1 final exam, worth 50%. About half of the exam will be multiple choice. It will cover all five learning outcomes, i.e., all course content including week 12, for which there is no mini-assignment. (But week 12 tutorials still discusses week 12.) Note that the final exam has a hurdle at 40%, which influences the final mark computation significantly, as explained below.

How the final marks are computed:

• If you pass the hurdle, i.e., obtain at least 40% marks in the final exam:
• If your final course mark (computed according to the weights above) is 50 or higher, you simply receive that mark plus the respective grade P, CR, D, or HD.
• If it is 44 or lower, it will be the respective mark plus grade N. Rest assured that we double-check your exam carefully should you end up with 44 or slightly below.
• If it is 45 to to 49, you will be given PX temporarily and have to take a supplementary exam. (We will also carefully double-check all exams of those who end up with 49 in total.) This supplementary covers the entire course content (so it’s likely close to the actual main exam). If in it, you obtain 50 marks or more, you receive the final mark 50 and the grade PS (=pass on supplementary). Note that even if you receive a 100 in the supplementary, you still receive a final 50 PS. If you receive 49 or less in the supplementary, then you receive the original mark in the range 45 to 49 and grade N.
• If you fail the hurdle, i.e., obtain 39.99% or less marks in the final exam:
• If you have at least 45 marks in total (but even if significantly more!), you will be given a supplementary exam.
• If you fail the supplementary (=less than 50 marks), you will receive the final grade NCN (=course requirements not fulfilled), which corresponds to a 0.
• If you pass the supplementary (=50 marks or more), you will receive 50 PS, independent how how many marks you had prior, even if this was almost 70.
• Let us emphasize that if you fail the hurdle, your final mark can only be 0 NCN or 50 PS, independent of your previous marks achieved. In principle, you can achieve up to 69.99 total marks and still fail the hurdle and thus only get a 0 NCN or 50 PS. Also note that those who fail the hurdle but had a very high mark until then (i.e., close to 70) will be carefully investigated for plagiarism in all work they had ended in, as it is practically close to impossible that somebody obtains high HD marks until then, but then less than 40% in the exam; hence this additional double-checking by us of these cases. Therefore, don’t break our strict integrity rules! (See below.)

This course follows ANU’s Academic Integrity Rule 2021, ANU’s Academic Integrity Policy, and ANU’s Academic Integrity Procedure. In particular when you are a new student (and might hence now yet have an intuitive understanding on what’s okay and what might get you into deep trouble), we advise to check out ANU’s webpage on Academic Integrity.

There are several different aspects to Academic Integrity, and different types of academic misconduct (including instances that you might not suspect). Therefore, we strongly recommend to at least read ANU’s FAQ of Learners on Academic Integrity.

We have more information about Academic Integrity on our Wattle page, please read this as well, especially if you are from the COMP1600 cohort and thus still a first-year student. It might save you (and your peers/friends) some trouble. In particular we give some advice there on how to seek “legal help” (rather than cheating) in case you are struggling with the course.

## Final Exam#

The final exam will take place after the course, i.e., within the first 3 weeks after week 12.

The exam covers all 12 weeks, will contain a large amount of multiple choice questions, and accounts for 50% of the final marks. It also has a hurdle at 40%. Please read above what this means and how it influences the final mark.

## Supplementary Exam#

The supplementary exam has to establish that all learning outcomes of the course have been fulfilled to a minimum satisfactory degree. Hence, the exam will cover all content of the course (from week 1 to week 12), including all material from the tutorials.

Note that you will have to write a supplementary exam in one of two cases:

• you fail the hurdle (and have at least 45 marks in total, even if significantly more)
• you pass the hurdle and have a final course mark between 45 and 49.

If you pass the the supplementary, you will receive 50 PS. If you fail the supplementary, then you will either get your original mark and grade N if you passed the hurdle, but will receive 0 NCN in case you failed the hurdle.