Information on assessment, examinations (including re-sits), and progression to 3rd year.
Unlike the first year courses, all required second year courses are assessed by a combination of coursework and exam marks. Each course will specify the relative weighting of coursework and exam, and this will be advertised on the course web page.
Informatics 2 courses have the following requirements to pass a course:
The following courses require 40% marks overall (exam+coursework):
The following courses require 40% in exam and 40% overall(exam+coursework):
Coursework will usually be submitted either electronically, or in paper form to the ITO.
Coursework deadlines will be announced at the beginning of each course, to help you plan.
Work will normally be handed back within three weeks (generally two) for most courses.
Coursework will be annotated with a grade and/or a mark. Please note that these are provisional and may be revised by the Board of Examiners (for example, this might happen if it became clear that coursework had been much more harshly marked on one course than another).
A new late coursework policy is being applied starting in September 2017. For every calendar day of delay, you will lose 5% of marks for that coursework. After 7 days of delay, you will get zero for the entire coursework. If you have a good reason for delay such as illness, then you can be given an extension. See Late submissions page for details, and what constitutes good reasons. Remember that:
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.
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.
For detailed progression requirements (especially if you are on a joint degree), please check the Degree Programme Table for your degree, which can be found in the Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study (DRPS). In general, the requirements for single degree Informatics Bachelor's students to progress to 3rd year Honours are that you must:
Joint degrees, the MInf, and the Cognitive Science degree have an additional Honours hurdle; see the respective DPT.
If you have concerns about your progression status, please see the School's Progression Guidance and/or contact your Personal Tutor.
In deciding your Progression status, the Progression Board has the discretion to take into account criteria other than the raw mark in deciding admission to Honours. The criteria used include:
If you have any questions at all concerning the release of results or need to talk to someone about your results please contact your Year Organiser or Personal Tutor:
UG2 Year Organiser - Sharon Goldwater [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.