Any communication in this course will happen over one of two channels:

  1. your ANU email address
  2. the course Teams channel (you will be added to this in this in the week 1 lecture)

You are expected to check both of these channels regularly (you can set up notifications if it helps). “I didn’t see the message” is never an acceptable excuse for e.g. missing assessment deadlines.

Since this is a co-badged course (COMP2710/6740 and MUSI2205), if you have specific questions about your course enrolment then you need to direct them to the correct convenor: Ben for COMP and Alec for MUSI (although if you’re unsure you can just copy the other one in).

For course-content related stuff, you’ll get a much faster & better response on the Teams channel—and that way other students can benefit from your questions as well.


All assessment items are listed on the assessments page.


You will receive marks & feedback for all assessment items within two weeks of the submission deadline.

Final marks and grades

To pass the course, you must score at least 50 for your final mark. Your final mark will be the total of your marks on the individual assessment items with the additional caveat that your mark may be scaled by the examiners’ conference to provide your overall course mark and grade.

If your final mark is less than 50 but greater than or equal to 45 then you will receive a PX grade and be eligible for supplementary assessment to try and pass the course.

If you fail one of the hurdles and if you get a final mark of 45 or greater then you will receive a PX grade and be eligible for supplementary assessment to try and pass the course. If you fail one of the hurdles and your final mark is lower that 45 you will fail with a final grade of NCN (as per the ANU rules).

If your final mark is less than 45 you will fail this course with a grade of N

If you enrol, but don’t participate in the course at all you will fail with a final grade of NCN, which means a failure due to non-completion.

Late penalties

This course follows the ANU policy of applying a 5% penalty for every day (or part thereof).


If you’ve got a good reason, there is the possibility of getting an extension on your deadlines if you let the convenor know at least one week out from any deadline.

Word limits

Max word count limits are provided for the written assessment tasks in this course and we expect you to stay within those limits. That said, if you can’t quite fit what you want to say, you may exceed the word count by 10% before you start to lose marks.


From the date that your marks for any assessment item are released electronically you have a period of two weeks in which to appeal your mark. After this period your mark will be locked in.

If you’re unhappy with your mark for any assessment item, then here’s the relevant ANU Policy (see section 61):

The University recognises the right of students to seek a review of, and to appeal against, a result for an assessment task within a course, or their final result in a course. Appeals against a result for an individual assessment task are considered as a component of the final grade, after the final grade is released. Appeals against assessment outcomes are conducted according to the Assessment Rules.

As with any ANU course, you are able to apply for special assessment consideration.

Supplementary assessment

If you receive a PX grade you are eligible for supplementary assessment. The course convenor will contact you after final S1 grades are released with more information about the timing & nature of this assessment.

Academic integrity

At the ANU we take academic integrity seriously. There are several different aspects to academic integrity, and several different types of academic misconduct. In LENS 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. Re-formulating the work of somebody else is actually worse, because (in addition to plagiarism) it shows a clear intent to deceive.

  • 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 statement of originality which you’ll submit alongside every assignment (including the major project). This gives you a place to clearly indicate your sources. Obviously you will not receive the highest mark if all of your work comes from somewhere else, but by indicating all sources clearly you won’t be guilty of academic misconduct. Failure to indicate any of your inspirations, sources, or collaboration partners will be regarded as an intent to deceive.

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.

These rules are not at odds with being resourceful and working collaboratively—you should discuss your work in this course with others taking the class. However, you must never misrepresent the work of others as your own.

If you break any of these rules, it’s very likely you’ll 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 and we (the lecturers and tutors) don’t enjoy being a part of it any more than you do. Please help to make this a course which focuses entirely on the learning process and not on policing academic misconduct issues.

Software: the “own machine” policy

This course requires making music on a laptop, and so you’ll need to have a laptop and install some software on it. If you have any trouble with getting the software installed & working on your machine then there will be heaps of opportunities to fix any problems (especially early in the course). However, it’s your responsibility to make sure that the software works and that these issues are sorted out—“something went wrong with my software setup” is never an acceptable excuse for missing a submission deadline or (especially!) flaking out of a concert performance, and the usual late penalties apply.

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