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Comp115 Assignment 3

Notifications

Formal notification of assessment tasks, grading rubrics and due dates will be posted on iLearn. Although all reasonable measures to ensure the information is accurate, the University reserves the right to make changes without notice. Each student is responsible for checking iLearn for changes and updates.

Weekly Plan

A weekly plan of lectures, assignments, tests, laboratory and workshop sessions will be posted on iLearn. Students are expected to be aware of possible minor variations.

Assignment Tasks

Assignment questions will be posted on iLearn. Assignment solutions will be posted within one to three days after the submission date. Submissions will not be accepted once the solution is posted.

All assignments must be submitted electronically through iLearn (in pdf format). Submissions are expected to be typed in a logical layout and sequence. Markers WILL NOT grade poorly organized or illegible scans or drafts. The expected workload includes preparation of final copies and clear diagrams. Resubmissions will be permitted up to due date.

All assignments should be prepared individually. It is expected that students consult tutors, lecturers or other students while learning the concepts, but copying assignments from others is not accepted. Students are expected to have read and understood the academic honesty policy.

Absences

Late notices or absences from tests, workshops and laboratories will be considered under extenuating circumstances upon lodgement and approval of a formal notice of disruption of studies.

Grading

To obtain a passing grade (P/CR/D/HD) a total mark of 50 more is required AND a mark of 50 or more is required for the final examination. The final exam is a hurdle requirement because it is the only reliable assessment of individual performance for this unit. A passing grade of 50% or more in the final examination is a condition of passing this unit. Students who make a serious attempt but fail to meet the hurdle requirement will be given one further opportunity to pass. A serious attempt is defined as achievement of a mark of 40% or greater.

Laboratory

Due: Weekly

Weighting: 20%

Practical sessions start in Week 2. They are comprised of laboratory or problem-solving workshop sessions linked to each learning outcome; and they are compulsory for all students. Students are expected to arrive on time and use the laboratory time efficiently. Students should enroll in one practical class at the beginning of the semester. Laboratory or workshop worksheets, required data and other necessary items will be posted on iLearn prior to the weekly sessions and it is compulsory for students to complete the preparatory work before coming to the session.

Practicals will be largely assessed in class but there will some "take-home" assignments for the laboratory sections. More information will be available on iLearn

In laboratory sessions, students learn how to utilise their data visualisation knowledge in processing real-world engineering problems. Students will work on different skills such as advance plotting in MATLAB and Excel, programming in MATLAB,  data visualisation and programming in LabVIEW. Students do not need to bring their personal laptop to the laboratory sessions. Computers with the required software (such as MATLAB, Excel, LabVIEW) will be provided.  

Assignment 1

Due: Week 3 

Weighting: 5%

Questions to be solved at home on the concepts contained within learning outcome 1 and to be submitted electronically to iLearn.

Assignment 2

Due: Week 6 

Weighting: 7%

Questions to be solved at home on the concepts contained within learning outcome 2 and to be submitted electronically to iLearn.

Assignment 3

Due: Week 9 

Weighting: 9%

Questions to be solved at home on the concepts contained within learning outcome  3 and to be submitted electronically to iLearn.

Assignment 4

Due: Week 12 

Weighting: 9%

Questions to be solved at home on the concepts contained within learning outcome  4 and to be submitted electronically to iLearn

Final Exam

Due: Will appear in Exam Calendar

Weighting: 50%

A closed-book 3-hour exam will be conducted in the formal examination period.

COMP115 will be graded according to the following general descriptions of the letter grades as specified by Macquarie University.

• High Distinction (HD, 85-100): provides consistent evidence of deep and critical understanding in relation to the learning outcomes. There is substantial originality and insight in identifying, generating and communicating competing arguments, perspectives or problem solving approaches; critical evaluation of problems, their solutions and their implications; creativity in application as appropriate to the discipline.

• Distinction (D, 75-84): provides evidence of integration and evaluation of critical ideas, principles and theories, distinctive insight and ability in applying relevant skills and concepts in relation to learning outcomes. There is demonstration of frequent originality in defining and analysing issues or problems and providing solutions; and the use of means of communication appropriate to the discipline and the audience.

• Credit (Cr, 65-74): provides evidence of learning that goes beyond replication of content knowledge or skills relevant to the learning outcomes. There is demonstration of substantial understanding of fundamental concepts in the field of study and the ability to apply these concepts in a variety of contexts; convincing argumentation with appropriate coherent justification; communication of ideas fluently and clearly in terms of the conventions of the discipline..

• Pass (P, 50-64): provides sufficient evidence of the achievement of learning outcomes. There is demonstration of understanding and application of fundamental concepts of the field of study; routine argumentation with acceptable justification; communication of information and ideas adequately in terms of the conventions of the discipline. The learning attainment is considered satisfactory or adequate or competent or capable in relation to the specified outcomes.

• Fail (F, 0-49): does not provide evidence of attainment of learning outcomes. There is missing or partial or superficial or faulty understanding and application of the fundamental concepts in the field of study; missing, undeveloped, inappropriate or confusing argumentation; incomplete, confusing or lacking communication of ideas in ways that give little attention to the conventions of the discipline.

The standards of achievement that will be used to assess each of the assessment tasks with respect to the letter grades are as follows.

Learning Outcome 1: Describe the main components of a computer system and the role that different kinds of programming language play in computer software development.

Learning Outcome 5: Identify and describe ethical issues that arise in the application of information technology.

PCan correctly reproduce basic facts and definitions across a breadth of concepts and issues, but lacks depth of understanding.
Cr or DExhibits breadth and depth of understanding of concepts and issues. Can use terminology accurately in new contexts. Can express ideas in their own words and has an understanding of the limits of their understanding.
HDAs for Cr or D and is aware of the context in which the concepts and issues are developed and their limitations. Able to generate and justify principles and hypotheses for existing or new concepts or issues.

Learning Outcome 2: Apply problem solving skills to develop algorithms that solve small to medium-sized computational problems.

PCan develop algorithms for problems that are similar to provided examples.
Cr or DCan analyse problems that differ from provided examples and apply a variety of provided algorithmic approaches to their solution.
HDAs for Cr or D and can develop programs using techniques or approaches that have not been discussed.

Learning Outcome 3: Design and code implementations of their algorithms in an imperative programming language.

PCan implement basic algorithms based on similar provided examples.
Cr or DAs for P and can use a wide range of provided programming language features to implement algorithms whose detailed implementation has not previously been discussed.
HDAs for Cr or D and can develop programs using techniques or approaches that have not been discussed.

Learning Outcome 4: Use standard software engineering practices to document, debug and test their programs.

PCan apply some basic documentation, debugging and testing practices along the lines of examples provided.
Cr or DIs able to apply a wide range of documentation, debugging and testing practices to their code along the lines of examples provided.
HDAs for Cr or D and has well-developed skills for applying documentation, debugging and testing practices in ways that have not been previously illustrated by examples.

These assessment standards will be used to give a numeric mark out of 100 to each assessment submission during marking. The mark will correspond to a letter grade for that task according to the University guidelines. The final raw mark for the unit will be calculated by combining the marks for all assessment tasks according to the percentage weightings shown in the assessment summary. 

We will look at your overall performance on all assessments when determining your final grade. A total raw mark of at least 50% and satisfactory performance in modules 2, 3, 4, 5 and the in-class exercises will be sufficient to pass the unit.

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