Policies and Important Information#

Students enrolled in this course are strongly encouraged to attend all classes.

Code of conduct#

Everyone in this course is responsible for:

  • Promoting an inclusive, collaborative learning environment.
  • Taking action when others do not.

We reject behaviour that strays into harassment, no matter how mild. Harassment refers to offensive verbal or written comments in reference to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, or religion; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of class meetings, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

If you feel someone is violating these principles (for example, with a joke that could be interpreted as sexist, racist, or exclusionary), it is your responsibility to speak up! If the behaviour persists, send a private message to your course convener to explain the situation. We will preserve your anonymity.

(Developed from the Code of Conducts of COMP1720 and COMP1110. These codes of conducts — and hence also this one — are based on a code of conduct developed by Evan Peck of Bucknell University. Portions of this code of conduct are adapted from Dr. Lorena A. Barba)

Credit Value and Mode of Instructions#

6 units corresponds to an average of 130 hours of work; that is about 11 hours per week. This includes time spent in scheduled classes and self-directed study time. (policy)

Deferred and Supplementary Exam#

Deferred exams will only be awarded in well-justified cases, in accordance with School policy, not as a second chance for poor performance. In particular, it is unlikely that a supplementary will be awarded to students who have actually sat the proper exam.

Supplementary exams will be held for students who achieved a mark of 45-50, or for those students who failed the hurdle in the exam, in accordance with School policy.

Academic Honesty and Plagiarism#

ANU has an ongoing commitment to fostering a culture of learning informed by academic integrity. All ANU staff and students have a responsibility to adhere to this principle of academic integrity. Plagiarism undermines academic integrity and is not tolerated at ANU, no matter how mild. Plagiarism at ANU is defined as using the words or ideas of others and passing them off as your own. If you have not read the

Academic Integrity Rule 2021

please do as soon as possible.

There are several different aspects to academic integrity, and several different types of academic misconduct. In this course all the ANU academic integrity rules apply.

All your submitted work is assumed to be entirely your own work. Besides forbidding any direct copies, this also means that no part of your submission is inspired by, based on or a re-formulation of work by somebody else. If your work has been inspired by something else (e.g. a classmate, or something you found on the web) you must indicate this in the assignment. You are expected to be able to explain and defend any submitted assessment item. The course convener can conduct or initiate an additional interview about any submitted assessment item for any student. If there is a significant discrepancy between the two forms of assessment (e.g., if you clearly don’t understand the code that you submitted) it will be automatically treated as a case of suspected academic misconduct.

If you break any of these rules, it’s very likely you will get caught—we’re pretty good at finding this stuff out. The consequences of plagiarism are much worse than a bad mark on an assignment. Please help to make this a course which focuses entirely on the learning process and not on detecting misconduct.

For more information see the section on academic integrity in the FAQ.

Assessment Criteria#

5 Assignments: primarily for feedback on your progress

Final Exam: most likely oral (30min); if held in written form 2h

Final Mark: determined by the marks of the assignments (together 35%) and the final examp (65%)

Hurdle: A minimum 40% is required in the final exam

Relation with Other Courses#

Equivalent: COMP3610 and COMP6361


  • COMP3610: To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed COMP2100 and COMP1600
  • COMP6361: To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed COMP6710 and COMP6260; or be enrolled in Master of Computing (Advanced)

Continual Course Improvements#

Student feedback on this course, and on the lecturing in this course, will be gathered via questionnaires held at or after the end of the course. Student feedback is taken seriously, and continual improvements are made to the course based in part on this feedback.

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