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How To Pass M.Sc. Computing. Adrian J Pullin Award Director pullina@hope.ac.uk FML208 0151 291 3352. Types of Assessment. Coursework Done over a period Time constrained assignment Done in a short time, often a morning or day Examination 2 hours of panic In fact most are class tests

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how to pass m sc computing

How To Pass M.Sc. Computing

Adrian J Pullin

Award Director

pullina@hope.ac.uk

FML208

0151 291 3352

types of assessment
Types of Assessment
  • Coursework
    • Done over a period
  • Time constrained assignment
    • Done in a short time, often a morning or day
  • Examination
    • 2 hours of panic
    • In fact most are class tests
      • Still 2 hours of panic!

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

coursework process
Coursework Process
  • Assignment handed out
  • Do assignment
  • Hand in assignment - on time
  • Assignment marked
  • Feedback returned
  • We keep it until after exam board
    • Audit
  • You collect it back from us after results
    • Or we bin it!

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

reassessment
Reassessment
  • First attempt not up to required standard
  • Normally have right to reassessment once
  • Reassessment determined by examination board
    • NOT student!!!
    • May be re-do work, may be new work
    • By next exam board

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

due dates
Due Dates
  • Liverpool Hope University regulations
  • All assignments have a due date
  • If in on time - full range of marks
  • If late – zero awarded
  • If you do not hand in on time, you could FAIL the course

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

handing in assignments where and when
Handing In Assignments –Where and When
  • All assignments are handed in to the BCS Deanery Office (FML202)
  • Hand in during normal office hours
  • The deadline is 3:00pm on given date
  • The deadline is 3:00pm on given date
  • Assignment must be submitted, date stamped by the office and signed by you

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

handing in assignments what
Handing In Assignments –What
  • Assignments must be securely bound
  • Assignments must have the correct front cover, clearly visible
    • Available outside Deanery Office (FML202)
    • Copy in Student Guide to Procedures
  • Assignments must have your FULL name on
    • See next slide
  • Assignments must have tutor’s name on
  • Include the assignment specification
  • Keep a backup copy of all work!
  • You will be given a receipt, which is part of the front cover. Keep it!

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

what is your name
What is your name?
  • Different cultures write their name in different orders
  • Your name as it appears on your passport
  • Please write your family name in UPPER CASE
  • E.g. Adrian PULLIN
  • On all official documents
    • i.e. anything you hand in
  • Must have id number as well
    • In case two people have the same name

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

mitigating circumstances
Mitigating Circumstances
  • Illness
  • Bereavement
  • Must be documented
    • Sick note
  • NOT:-
    • Computer crash
    • Printer not working
    • Bus was late
    • Friend’s hamster ate Elvis

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

extensions
Extensions
  • Granted due to mitigating circumstances only
  • Fill in Extension Application form
    • Available from Deanery office (FML202)
  • Attach documentary evidence
  • Get it signed by award director (Keith Dures or Adrian Pullin)
    • If for more than one week, by the Dean
  • Give copy in to Deanery Office (FML202)
  • Take copies to keep yourself
  • Deliver evidence to Registry
  • Attach copy of Extension Application form to assignment
  • This is an extension to the deadline
  • New deadline set and must be kept

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

how to do assignments
How To Do Assignments
  • Read the spec & do what it says
  • Gather information
  • Read the spec & do what it says
  • Put together a draft
  • Read the spec & do what it says
  • Tidy up draft
  • Read the spec & do what it says
  • Read through your assignment & review against spec
  • Hand in on time

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

how to present assignments
How To Present Assignments
  • Word process
  • Spell & grammar check
    • UK English
    • Use MS Word “Technical” grammar setting
  • Proof read
  • Use Times New Roman 12 point font for main text
    • This is the default in Word at Liverpool Hope
  • Keep layouts simple
  • Fancy covers gain no marks
  • Only include your own material
  • Reference everything using Harvard standard

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

plagiarism
Plagiarism
  • “Submitting copied work as original”
  • Fraud
  • Cheating
  • You are plagiarising if:-
    • You use Copy and Paste from someone else's document to your assignment
    • You copy type someone else’s document to your assignment
  • ‘Someone else’s document’ includes (but is not limited to) Web pages
  • Penalties up to being expelled from Liverpool Hope
  • If in doubt, ask
  • Refer to College policy for details

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

getting back assignments
Getting Back Assignments
  • Assignment feedback should be returned to students within four weeks
  • Feedback will be returned by module tutors
  • Feedback will carry a grade
    • See later slide
  • We keep all assignments until after exam board
    • Audit
  • Collect back from tutor after results
    • Or we bin it

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

exams or class tests
Exams or Class Tests
  • 2 hours of panic!
  • Week beginning 24th April
  • Week beginning 13th December
  • You MUST attend the exam
  • YOU WILL FAIL IF YOU MISS THE EXAM
  • Holiday bookings are NOT an excuse
  • Misreading the timetable is NOT an excuse
  • Resits at next available time
    • Same rules apply

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

dissertation
Dissertation
  • Major piece of research based work
    • 15,000 words
    • In a Computing related area
      • i.e. related to the course
  • Worth 60 credits
    • Equal to 4 taught modules
  • Done after satisfactory completion of taught programme
  • Research Methods module
    • Must be passed first
    • 15 credits
    • Delivered over 2 semesters

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

grades
Grades

Percentage

70-100 Pass with Distinction

40-69 Pass

0-39 FAIL

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

qualifications
Qualifications
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Computing
    • 4 modules 60 credits passed
    • No module below 40%
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Computing
    • 8 modules 120 credits passed
    • No module below 40%
  • Master of Science in Computing
    • 8 modules plus dissertation,180 credits passed
    • No module below 40%
    • Minimum 40% on dissertation
  • Distinction
    • 120 out of 180 credits at distinction

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

failure
Failure
  • Any mark below 40% is a fail for that module
  • You can recover a failed module
    • Resubmit (max. 40%)
    • Repeat module (max. 40%)
  • You may replace up to 30 credits (=2 modules) with other MSc Computing modules
    • Also capped at 40%
  • You can not carry more than 30 credits (= 2 modules) of failure
    • If in doubt, ask

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

recovery from failed module
Recovery from Failed Module
  • Module tutor will have details of required work to recover failed module
  • YOU must contact tutor to find out how to recover
  • You must recover by next exam board
    • Effectively within one semester
  • You can not use this to extend your period of study

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

normal progression
Normal Progression
  • 60 credits (4 modules) should be completed in one semester
    • = PgCert
  • 120 credits (8 modules) should be completed in two semesters
    • =PgDip
  • 180 credits (8 modules + dissertation) should be completed in three semesters
    • =MSc

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

limits on progression
Limits on Progression
  • 60 credits (4 modules) MUST be completed in two semesters
    • = PgCert
  • 120 credits (8 modules) MUST be completed in THREE semesters
    • =PgDip
  • 180 credits (8 modules + dissertation) MUST be completed in four semesters
    • =MSc

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

dates january start
Dates – January start
  • Semester dates Normal Must reach
  • Jan 06 – April 06 60 credit
  • Sept 06 - Dec 06 120 credit 60 credit PgCert
  • Jan 07 – April 07 Dissertation 120 credit PgDip
  • April 07 –Sept 07 Dissertation 180 credit MSc
  • Advice is to complete taught phase as soon as possible
    • Gives more time for dissertation

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

communications
Communications
  • The M.Sc. Computing notice board
    • Opposite Keith Dures’ Office (FML414)
  • Via the M.Sc. Computing web site
    • URL http://hopelive.hope.ac.uk/computing/msccomputing/
  • Via E-Mail
    • All students have access to E-Mail via Novell GroupWise
    • Use GroupWise client on site
    • Use http://webmail.hope.ac.uk off site
    • We will only communicate via your Liverpool Hope e-mail address
      • Not hotmail, yahoo etc.
      • Security, fees etc.
  • Via the Portal
    • Results etc.
  • It is up to you to read ALL of these
  • Contact us through Ms Ashlyn Whitty in the Deanery Office FML202

MSc Computing. How to Pass.

how to pass the course
How To Pass The Course
  • Attend
  • Do the assignment work
  • Hand it in on time
  • Attend
  • Do all the directed study
    • Even if it is not assessed
  • Attend
  • If you are stuck, ask early
  • Attend exams

MSc Computing. How to Pass.