Information on how you will be assessed, examinations and progression to 2nd year.
To successfully complete Year 1, students must pass all courses.
If you are in danger of failing (or have failed) one or more courses, you can consult the School's Progression Guidance to understand the possible consequences. Information on Resitting Examinations can be found below, and the School's Release of Results page gives dates when you can expect to find out your course and progression results.
In addition to the weekly exercises, Computation and Logic and Data and Analysis both involve major coursework assignments. These assignments are compulsory. Although the marks that you receive will not contribute to the final mark for the course, doing the assignment thoroughly is essential to understanding the course material, and is likely to be crucial to doing well in the final exam for the course.
Each of the Informatics 1 courses has its own exam, for which the pass mark is 40%.
|Computation and Logic||2-hour written exam||December|
|Functional Programming||2-hour open book programming exam||December|
|Data and Analysis||2-hour written exam||May|
|Object-Oriented Programming||2-hour open book programming exam||May|
If the use of a calculator is permitted in an exam, it is your responsibility to bring your own calculator to the exam.
Only a calculator from the approved list specified in Policy 4.1.3 of the College of Science and Engineering Policy and Procedure of the Use of Calculators in Examinations 2015-16 may be used in Informatics exams.
Please note: You are entirely responsible for the working order of your calculators and batteries. You are warned that although electronic calculators have a high degree of reliability, you should check the correct entry of data and the credibility of results. The commonest form of malfunction is due to the run down of batteries.
Invigilators will remove calculators not in the approved list; candidates may collect them at the end of the examination (Policy 4.3).
Other schools within the University may have different policies on providing calculators; please make sure you check this before any exams. If in doubt, take an approved calculator with you to the exam, just in case.
The Informatics 1 programming exams are open-book exams. This means you may bring in textbooks and other notes you usually use when programming. The use of electronic devices (other than the DICE desktop provided) is not permitted. Prior to the exam you will be allocated a lab in which to take the exam, and informed by email. It is essential that you turn up correctly to your allocated lab.
You are expected to have a DICE account and to know your DICE login and password.
You are expected to know how to use the DICE environment, including how to copy and edit files and how to write and run programs.
As for all University exams, you must bring your student ID card and display it on your desk.
The timetable for University exams is maintained by Registry. There are different timetables for December and April. Once the timetable is available, you will need to search for Informatics 1 exams. The easiest method is to select School of Informatics from the drop-down list, and then enter Informatics 1% (where % is the wildcard symbol) in the search box.
Please note the following warning on the Registry page: Changes can occur to the timetable therefore please ensure that you recheck your exam details immediately prior to your examination(s).
Students who have failed a pre-honours (1st or 2nd year) course due to a missed or failed exam are permitted to resit the exam a limited number of times. The following guidelines apply to resit exams:
Each pre-honours course normally has two exam sittings per year: one in December or May, and one in August.
Students may fail a course even though they passed the exam, due to failed or non-submitted coursework. If this applies to you, you may be required to do the coursework in the following year. In this case, you can be registered for "Assessment" (no attendance) or "Classes & Assessment (excl. centrally arranged exam)". Depending on the coursework requirements, it also may be possible for you to pass the course by resitting the exam and achieving a higher mark.
Course results are uploaded onto EUCLID by each School as soon as possible after their Exam Boards have met. Students who are taking courses in more than one School are likely to receive their course level marks at different points during January (for semester 1) and May and June (for semester 2). The University deadlines for all course and progression results to be uploaded are listed on the School's Release of Results page.
The following was approved by Teaching Committee at the start of 2007/08:
Access to examination papers is provided to students on request for the purpose of gaining feedback from the examination process. If the student detects a clear error in the examining of their script (e.g. marking omitted on part of an answer, an arithmetical error) then this will be corrected and the overall mark will be revised.
However, this process should not be seen as an opportunity to review the marking process. Nor should it be used to take issue with the exercise of the markers discretion in the award of marks. Therefore there is no need for discussion between the student and marker on the detailed allocation of marks. Any request from a student to discuss their marks must be declined.
Students who wish to view their completed examination scripts are therefore invited to contact the ITO with details of the script/s they wish to access. The ITO and the student will then agree on a suitable date for the student to be given access to his/her script/s, under the supervision of a member of the ITO staff. ITO are unable to give access to examination scripts until after the last BoE meeting has been completed, meaning students will normally have to wait until mid/late-June before being able to access scripts they submitted during the April/May examination diet.
Exam Script viewing Guidelines, updated 2017
If you have any questions at all concerning the release of your final award/classification result or need to talk to someone about your result please contact your Year Organiser or Personal Tutor:
UG1 Year Organiser - Paul Anderson [email@example.com]
In the event that you cannot reach your Year Organiser please contact the Informatics Teaching Organisation either on 0131 6505194 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.