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How To Pass M.Sc. Computing. Adrian J Pullin Award Director [email protected] 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

Adrian J Pullin

Award Director

[email protected]

FML208

0151 291 3352


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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.


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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!

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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

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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.


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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

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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!

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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

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Mitigating Circumstances

  • Illness

  • Bereavement

  • Must be documented

    • Sick note

  • NOT:-

    • Computer crash

    • Printer not working

    • Bus was late

    • Friend’s hamster ate Elvis

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Grades

Percentage

70-100 Pass with Distinction

40-69 Pass

0-39 FAIL

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


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