Grade Adjustments

In 6 hours since posting the final grades I have been approached by 3 students requesting that I adjust their grades. I am often surprised that student think I have the discretion to make arbitrary changes. I carefully design grading of the course work to be completely objective. In the case of the final exam, I use multiple choice questions and record the score provided from the Scantron card. As a result, the grade is determined entirely by student performance and there can be no bias or subjectivity in the grading. It would be serious misconduct on my part to report a grade other than the one calculated.

At this point all of the work required in the course has been completed and the grades have been entered into the college records system. Even if I wanted to change a grade, I am prevented from doing so since the grades are locked and I do not have permission to change them. Please no more emails!

I really enjoy helping students understand computer science. Unfortunately, during this semester I have spent far more time with students arguing about grades, which is not the purpose of an instructor. The easiest way to improve your grades is by studying and I often see poor study habits.

There are some great resources to help learn study skills. One technique is the Cornell Note Taking System. Terry Small is a local teacher who provides a wonderful course on studying.

Final marks

A number of students have asked when the final marks will be available. I have completed marking and posted the results on to the college grading system. They should now be visible and if not then they will show up soon.

It has been a great pleasure teaching the classes this year and it was exceptional.
thanks

  • The pass rate in CSCI 101 S10 was very high. Out of 35 students who originally registered for the course 33 have passed.
  • Attendance and participation in CSCI 150 was outstanding and this was a very interesting course.

Well done to everyone who passed and I wish you success in your future endeavors.

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CSCI 150 Final Exam Answers

For anyone interested I have posted the answers to the final exam questions.

Overall I was delighted with your participation in the class, since I appreciate there are a lot of difficult concepts to grasp. Mostly everyone achieved good grades in the Assignments and Lab work. Unfortunately, the mid-term and final exam marks were poor, with the average mark below 50% in the final exam.

You may see from the answers that none of the questions were especially difficult. Several students did not attempt all of the questions and only one person attempted the last question, perhaps because we did not have time to practice similar cache questions in an assignment. As a result, I have not included question 12 in the total, i.e the paper is now marked out of 78 rather than planned 90 marks.

Thursday August 4 CSCI 150

Class

We will continue reviewing Chapter 13 on Memory Systems.

If time allows we will also complete Chapter 12 on Input/Output this week.

 Marking

I have a lot of work to hand out. In addition, In addition, today I will provide a progress report showing all of your marks. This is your opportunity to make corrections if I have missed something. However, if you simply do not like the way I have marked an item, then that is too bad!

Exam Preparation

The exam will consist of questions similar to the mid-term exam and assignments. The best approach for preparing is to tackle as many questions as you can at the end of the textbook chapters. Some topics to help focus your study are as follows:

  • Gate propagation delay
  • Memory operation
  • Memory address decoding
  • Register operations
  • Instruction operations
  • Instruction formats
  • Addressing modes
  • Stack operations
  • Cache performance
  • Cache mapping
  • Pipeline operation
  • Pipeline instruction cycle and hazards

Deadline Reminders

  • All deadlines have passed and no work is expected at this time
  • Late submissions of Lab 9 and Assignment 7 will be accepted until 5:00 pm on Friday – submit files electronically via DropItToMe Submission.
  • Assignment 7 Answers will be posted soon after the 5:00 pm deadline

Instructor Evaluation

Thank you for completing the instructor feedback on earlier in the semester. You should be aware that this feedback is anonymous and I will not see the results until after the exam, so it cannot influence my marking.

Once the exam is over you may like to provide additional feedback on RateMyProfessor to help future students.

Thursday August 4 – CSCI 101

The class today will be held in Room 448.

We have a lot to get through in our final class…

Exam Preparation

In today’s class, I will provide important information to help prepare for the exam next week. Anyone who has completed and submitted the project software should work on the exam Practice Questions.

The final exam is scheduled at 8:30 am on Tuesday, August 9th. I wish you good luck, but if you study well then you won’t need luck!

Projects

We will work on completing the projects. I will be available to offer help if needed, but there may not be enough time to meet with all teams.

A reminder that the deadline for completion is 6:00 pm on Friday. The following projects have not told me where I can find their work:

The following projects have not told me where I can find their completed software:

  • Tata Motors – The Boss (website provided is not valid)
  • Royal Enfield, Bullet
  • Koenigsegg Agera R
  • Sikh Religion
  • Vancouver – The Beauty of British Columbia
  • Unnamed project by 800497/800847

You will either need to give me a website name or provide a zip file via my DropItToMe submission. If I cannot find your work then I cannot mark it.

Results

I have recently completed marking and updated the following:

In addition, today I will provide a progress report showing all of your marks. This is your opportunity to make corrections if I have missed something. However, if you simply do not like the way I have marked an item, then that is too bad!

Instructor Evaluation

Thank you for completing the instructor feedback on Wednesday. You should be aware that this feedback is anonymous and I will not see the results until after the exam, so it cannot influence my marking.

Once the exam is over you may like to provide additional feedback on RateMyProfessor to help future students.