Information on assessment, examinations (including re-sits), and progression to 3rd year.

Assessment of individual courses

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.

Assessment of individual courses

Note that both exam and coursework marks count in obtaning a passing mark; you have to get 40% overall.

In 2020, the following courses are evaluated on exam (50%) and coursework (50%):

  • Informatics 2 - Introduction to Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Informatics 2D - Reasoning and Agents

The following courses are evaluated entirely based on different courseworks (100%) in 2020: 

  • INF-2C - Introduction to Computer Systems
  • INF-2 - Introduction to Software Engineering and Professional Practice
  • Informatics 2 - Foundations of Data Science 
  • Discrete Mathematics and Probability


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).

Late coursework

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:

  • Submission extensions must be requested before the deadline (except in very exceptional circumstances).
  • Extensions must be requested using the ITO support form.  The duration of extensions will be limited normally to no more than 1 week.
  • Extensions are given at the discretion of the ITO or UG2 course organizer. Course lecturers are not allowed to grant individual extensions, so please do not ask them. Do not request extensions via the CO e-mail; use the ITO form instead.
  • Some courses do not allow late submissions, the list of such courses can be found on the Late coursework and extension requests page

Calculators not provided at Informatics exams

If the use of a calculator is permitted in a take home exam, it is your responsibility to use your own calculator to do 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 2020-21 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. 

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.


Resitting examinations or coursework

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.

  • Once you have passed a course, you may not resit the exam to achieve a higher mark.
  • There is a re-examination fee.You will be invoiced by Student Administration.
  • It is your responsibility to check the resit timetable on the Student Administration website, find the time and location of the resit exam and ensure you are present for that resit. No formal registration is necessary and students will not be individually notified of the resit date and location.
  • Resit attempts cannot be delayed. If you do not attend the resit for any reason that does not count as Special Circumstances this will still count as an ‘attempt’.
  • If after the August resit diet you have not achieved the progression requirements to 3rd year Honours (see below), you may not be permitted to continue at the University and you should contact your Personal Tutor as a matter of urgency.
  • If you are permitted to continue at the University with missing credits (either from first year going into second year, or in rarer cases from second year going into third year), you may resit an exam again in the following year. For any course, you are permitted a maximum of four attempts at the exam (the initial sitting and up to three resits; but see below regarding special circumstances). There are two different modes for resits in the following year: One is that you retake the course completely ("Class and Exam") and are expected to attend fully and submit all work. The other is "Exam Only". Your Personal Tutor will discuss with you which mode should be requested for you.
  • In some cases, students miss or fail an exam due to special circumstances such as acute illness during the exam, death of a close family member, or other reasons outwith the student's control. If you are affected by such circumstances, you *must* speak to your personal tutor as soon as possible and file a special circumstances form. Depending on the circumstance, you may be awarded a "null sit" for an examination, which means no mark will be recorded and that sitting will not count towards the total number of exam attempts. In particular, students who have been awarded null sits for examinations in December or May may sit the August resit examination as a first attempt.

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.

Overall assessment and progression to third year honours

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:

  • Pass all requirements for 1st year,
  • Pass 120 credits worth of 2nd year courses.

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:

  • did the candidate suffer serious medical, psychological or emotional stresses that adversely affected their performance? This can only be taken into account if you file a Special Circumstances form before the Special Circumstances Committee meeting. For this reason, it is most important that you keep your Director of Studies informed of any such circumstances when they happen.
  • did the candidate's courses include some with unusually low averages, or that encountered serious problems during delivery?
  • does the candidate display particular strengths in some areas that mitigate the overall failure?
  • does the candidate have a strongly improved performance compared to the previous year of study?

Who do I contact if I have a query or need to talk to someone?

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 - Rik Sarkar []

In the event that you cannot reach your Year Organiser please contact the Informatics Teaching Organisation either on 0131 6505194 or by email,