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Assessment item 5 – Final exam
Due Date: To be advised. Your exam timetable (http://student.csu.edu.au/study/exams/exam- timetable) will be released via the Student Portal. Check dates for the exam period and your responsibilities (http://student.csu.edu.au/study/exams).
Duration: 2 hours
Submission method options: Alternative submission method
UPDATE to exam based on COVID-19.
Your exam will be a time-limited online exam. The exam will be timetabled as per normal and you will be notified of the time via the exams office. The exam questions will be available from a interact 2 test within your interact 2 site. The test will become active at the time given in your exam timetable. You will then submit your answers in the online test.
The time allocated to complete the exam is 10 minutes reading time + 2 hours writing time + 15 minutes technology allowance. The technology allowance gives you extra time due to dealing with the different medium. You are allowed to give answers for the whole time, however it is your responsibility to submit on time. Late submissions attract heavy late penalties.
Multiple choice questions will be randomised. [Not applicable for all exams] Text based questions can be typed directly into the test.
If you need to include a diagram or something else that is difficult to type, then the question will allow a file upload. [Not applicable for all exams]
It is expected that an example version of a test will be available beforehand for you to practice the different question types.
For file upload question types (where they apply): For diagrams you can are encouraged to use online diagram tools like Lucid Chart (https://www.lucidchart.com) or Draw.io (https://app.diagrams.net/) to generate diagrams. Then you can export as an image and upload that file. If you handwrite, you are recommended to use the Genius Scan app on your mobile https://thegrizzlylabs.com/genius-scan to create a file to upload. We recommend that you practice prior to your exam so you are familiar with the process in the exam environment to avoid unnecessary pressure. Your lecturer will give more information about this during
Academic integrity is important (https://www.csu.edu.au/current-students/learning- resources/build-your-skills/academic-integrity). Thus various checks will be used to look for academic misconduct. Written answers will be processed by turnitin to look for similarities to web sources and other students’ submissions. Uploaded files will be compared for similarities. IP addresses will be recorded to detect collusion and impersonation. You may be interviewed to explain why you answered questions in certain ways. Penalties for academic misconduct are severe. Also, people who make money from academic misconduct do resort to blackmail to make more money from their victims.
The sample exam continues to be a guide to the style of questions used in your exam.
The final exam is a 2-hour exam consisting of 20 multiple choice and 8 short answer questions. The concepts tested are drawn from the text book, lectures, tutorials, Interact2 topics and forum discussions. Students must pass this exam in order to pass the subject – regardless of the marks achieved on the other assessment items.
This assessment task will assess the following learning outcome/s:
•be able to analyse the steps involved in a disciplined approach to problem-solving, algorithm development and coding.
•be able to demonstrate and explain elements of good programming style.
•be able to identify, isolate and correct errors; and evaluate the corrections in all phases of the programming process.
•be able to interpret and implement algorithms and program code.
•be able to apply and justify the concept of object orientation as an approach to data abstraction.
•be able to apply sound program analysis, design, coding, debugging, testing and documentation techniques to simple programming problems.
•be able to write code in an appropriate coding language.
•be able to compare and contrast aspects of the procedural and object oriented programming approaches.
A final exam is used to check that students actually do understand the material, and can apply the programming techniques presented throughout the session. It serves to verify that the knowledge and skills that students possess are consistent with the work they have presented in assignments. Students who have submitted assignments during the session that are not their own original work are unlikely to be able to pass the exam.
The exam questions cover all the learning objectives for this subject.
MARKING CRITERIA AND STANDARDS
Part 1: 20 multiple choice questions
A mark of 15 or above was scored in part one of the exam: multiple choice questions
A mark of 13 or above was scored in part one of the exam: multiple choice questions
A mark of 10 or above was scored in part one of the exam: multiple choice questions
A mark below 10 was scored in part one of the exam: multiple choice questions
Students will demonstrate an ablility to give correct answers to multiple choice questions about concepts learned in the subject.
A mark of 17 or above was scored in part one of the exam: multiple choice questions
Each questions carries 1 mark for a possible total of 20 marks
Part 2: 8 short answer questions
Students will demonstrate their understanding of concepts learned in the subject by writing short answers to the set questions.
Each question carries 10 marks for a possible total of 80 marks.
Student demonstrates a clear understanding of the concept and has correctly applied that understanding to the concept. In addition, the answer is clear, concise, correct and complete.
Student demonstrates a clear understanding of the concept and has correctly applied that understanding to the concept in answering the question.
Student demonstrates a clear understanding of the concept. An attempt has been made to apply that understanding to the concept in answering the question.
Student demonstrates a clear understanding of the concept.
Student fails to demonstrate an understanding of the concept.
MATERIAL PROVIDED BY THE UNIVERSITY
Multiple choice answer forms and answer booklets will be supplied.
MATERIAL PROVIDED BY THE STUDENT
2B pencil, eraser, and writing tools.
SAMPLE EXAM PAPER
You are encouraged to complete this subject’s sample exam (https://doms.csu.edu.au/csu/ file/069d208f-b3ed-4feb-9ce4-5f1718db0bba/1/Sample%20Exam%20ITC558%20201730.pdf) in preparation for the end-of-session exam.
Academic integrity means acting with honesty, fairness and responsibility, and involves observing and maintaining ethical standards in all aspects of academic work. This subject assumes that you understand what constitutes plagiarism, cheating and collusion. If you are a new student we expect you to complete the modules called Academic Integrity at CSU (http://student.csu.edu.au/library/integrity/academic-integrity-course).
Charles Sturt University treats plagiarism seriously. We may use Turnitin to check your submitted work for plagiarism. You can use Turnitin to check for plagiarism (http://student.csu.edu.au/library/integrity/referencing-at-csu/checking) in your assessments before submission.
Referencing is an important component of academic work. All assessment tasks should be appropriately referenced. The specific details of the referencing requirements are included in each assessment task description. Get referencing style guides and help (http://student.csu.edu.au/library/integrity/referencing-at-csu) to use for your assessments.
How to submit your assessment items
ONLINE SUBMISSION PROCESS
Assessment items that are completed within the Interact 2 site, such as quizzes, tests and self and peer assessments in the blog and wiki are noted in the assessment section above. You need to complete these tasks within your subject site.
Assessment tasks that are NOT completed through the Subject site need to be submitted electronically via Turnitin site by the due date. Turnitin class details for this subject will be given by your lecturer.
Unless advised otherwise, all Turnitin submissions are due by midnight (AEST) of the date specified. Please note that the time and the date of your Turnitin submission will be used to determine your official submission time.
All textual elements within an assessment must be submitted in a format that is readable by Turnitin. Specific exceptions, where an assessment requires the insertion of image-based evidence of workings will be outlined in the context of the assessment. Students that deliberately attempt to insert the content of assessments in a format that is not readable by Turnitin may be subject to Academic misconduct investigations.
Additional Submission Information:
It is recommended that your name, student ID and page number are included in the header or footer of every page of any assignment. You are also required to rename your assignment file before you submit via Turnitin as per below protocol:
SUBJECT CODE, SI, SURNAME, STUDENT ID, ASSESSMENT NUMBER, SESSION. Example – ITC558SI PATEL 11554466 A1 202030.doc
POSTAL SUBMISSION PROCESS
Under normal circumstances, postal submissions will not be accepted for any of the assessments required.
HAND DELIVERED SUBMISSION PROCESS
Under normal circumstances, hand-delivered submissions will not be accepted for any of the assessments required.
ALTERNATIVE SUBMISSION PROCESS
See online submission above.
Assessment Extensions to be Included in Subject Outlines (for offerings without the study planner)
It is best to complete assessment items by the due date. However, when something unavoidable comes up an extension may be possible. The following principles are used when processing extensions
1. For in-session assessment items, an extension request for up to three (3) calendar days can be made by emailing your subject coordinator directly before the due date. In your email please state the reason why you need more time as well as what precisely you are requesting. Supporting documentation is not required. If an extension is requested in the above format with a valid reason and your request does not disadvantage other students, the extension will be approved.
2. For in-session assessment items, extension requests of more than three (3) calendar days must be made via the special consideration form: https://apps.csu.edu.au/ specialcons/ . The request must be made before the due date and must include supporting documentation. Acceptable reasons are given in the Special Consideration Policy https://policy.csu.edu.au/view.current.php?id=00298 . Each request will be considered on a case by case basis. The request may not be granted. The maximum extension possible will be seven (7) calendar days.
3. If you receive an extension, then you should expect the assessment item and its feedback to be returned later. If you submit later than the extended due date you will receive late penalties as per guidelines below.
4. Unless your extension permits otherwise, submissions received 10 days after the original due date will receive zero.
5. For end of session exams, you can request a supplementary exam via https://apps.csu.edu.au/specialcons/ . This request must be made within 3 working days of the date of exam and must include supporting documentation. Acceptable reasons are given in the Special Consideration Policy https://policy.csu.edu.au/ view.current.php?id=00298. For medical issues; a CSU medical certificate is required. If the supplementary exam (SX) is awarded then your exam is moved to the next examination period. In order to preserve exam integrity and manage the logistics of exams, the timing of a supplementary exam is heavily restricted.
How to apply for special consideration
Academic regulations provide for special consideration to be given if you suffer misadventure or extenuating circumstances during the session (including the examination period) which prevents you from meeting acceptable standards or deadlines. Find the form on the Student Portal Special Consideration, Misadventure, Advice and Appeals (http://student.csu.edu.au/ study/academic-advice) page.
Penalties for late submission
The penalty for late submission of an assessment task (without obtaining the Subject Coordinator’s approval for an extension) will be:
10% deduction per day, including weekends, of the maximum marks allocated for the assessment task, i.e. 1 day late 10% deduction, or 2 days late 20% deduction.
An example of the calculation would be:
Maximum marks allocated = 20
Penalty for one day late = 2 marks (so, a score of 18/20 becomes 16/20 and a score of 12/20 becomes 10/20).
If an assignment is due on a Friday but is not submitted until the following Tuesday, then the penalty will be four days (40% deduction or 8 marks in the example above).
Submissions more than 10 days late will be acknowledged as received but will not be marked.
Under normal circumstances, resubmission of assessment items will not be accepted for any of the assessments required in this subject.
Feedback on your assignment can be viewed on Turnitin after the assignment results are released. You may also approach the lecturer in class for further clarification or feedback on the assignment.
You should normally expect your marked assessment to be returned to you within 15 working days of the due date, if your assessment was submitted on time. If you submitted your assessment on time but not received it back by the return date, you should make enquiries in the first instance to the subject coordinator.
Student Feedback & Learning Analytics
Evaluation of subjects
Charles Sturt University values constructive feedback and relies on high response rates to Subject Experience Surveys (SES) to enhance teaching. Responses are fed back anonymously to Subject Coordinators and Heads of Schools to form the basis for subject enhancement and recognition of excellence in teaching. Schools report on their evaluation data; highlighting good practice and documenting how problems have been addressed. You can view a summary of survey results via the Student Portal SES Results (https://student.csu.edu.au/study/subject- experience-survey-results) page.
We strongly encourage you to complete your online Subject Experience Surveys. You will be provided with links to your surveys via email when they open three  weeks before the end of session.
Changes and actions based on student feedback
The teaching team had a thorough discussion on further improvements based on their experience and students’ feedback. As a result the assignments are modified to require flowcharts instead of NS diagrams.
Learning Analytics refers to the collection and analysis of student data for the purpose of improving learning and teaching. It enables the University to personalise the support we provide our students. All Learning Analytics activities will take place in accordance with the Charles Sturt University Learning Analytics Code of Practice. For more information, please visit the University’s Learning Analytics (http://www.csu.edu.au/division/student-learning/home/ analytics-and-evaluations/learning-analytics) website.
Data about your activity in the Interact2 site and other learning technologies for this subject will be recorded and can be reviewed by teaching staff to inform their communication, support and teaching practices.
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Policies & Regulations
This subject outline should be read in conjunction with all academic policies and regulations. Please refer to the collated list of policies and regulations relevant to studying your subject(s) (http://student.csu.edu.au/administration/policies-regulations-subjects) which includes links to Charles Sturt University’s Policy Library (http://www.csu.edu.au/about/policy) – the sole authoritative source of official academic and administrative policies, procedures, guidelines, rules and regulations of the University.
Subject Outline as a reference document
This Subject Outline is an accurate and historical record of the curriculum and scope of your subject. Charles Sturt University’s Subject Outlines Policy (https://policy.csu.edu.au/ view.current.php?id=00267) requires that you retain a copy of the Subject Outline for future use such as for accreditation purposes.