There will be two assignments, which you are strongly encouraged to do in a pair (or maximum group of three for assignment 1). The first is entirely “formative”, it will carry no credit, but should help you learn more about the course material and get feedback in a low-stress way. The second assignment is assessed, and will count towards your final grade.
Feedback: You will get a personal pdf document with (terse) comments about what you did right or wrong on each part. There will also be example code, and a general feedback document, discussing common problems in more detail. If anything is still unclear you can follow up on hypothesis, or discuss in ML-Base. We aim to return feedback within 3 weeks.
The assessed assignment is subject to the School’s late work policy. Moreover, markers will not be obliged to give detailed personal feedback to any work that is submitted substantially after its deadline.
Good Scholarly Practice: Please remember the University requirements for all assessed work for credit, given here, and links from there. Furthermore, you are required to take reasonable measures to protect your assessed work from unauthorised access. For example, if you put any such work on a public repository then you must set access permissions appropriately (permitting access only to yourself). You may not publish your solutions after the deadline either.
It is a common mistake to focus too much on assignments that directly carry credit, or assume that time spent on exercises should be directly rewarded with marks. The second assessed assignment need not take 20% of the time you spend on the course, just as the 2 hour final exam does not take 80% of the time.
The over-all mark will reflect the common marking scheme. However, many of the programming tasks are fairly straightforward and most students should be able to get all of the marks available for code. Most of the marking difference will come from explanations being excellent and concise, and the final question. Only truly excellent answers will get more than half marks on the final question.
Those auditing the class as "class only" aren’t entitled to get their assignments marked. However, answers and general feedback will be available after the deadlines.
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