Algorithms and Data Structures 2020

Practical Information

Compulsory Assignments

1.2 Compulsory Assignments

There are weekly compulsory assignments. They must be handed in on time even if you have not completed the task as set.

Each submission needs to contain the following items:

Draft solution to the problem(s) assigned. This may be incomplete, but it has to be handed in.
A comment on your solution. Why did you approach the problem in this way.
A reflection note. What did you learn from the exercise? What do you have to work on? How is it relevant (or not) for your career?
When you have received feedback on a previous submission, you have to include a reflection on that feedback. What did you learn from the feedback, and what are you going to do about it?

Please, submit on time even if you cannot complete the technical task. If you are not satisfied with the technical work, reflect upon this in the reflection note. What is difficult? What can you do? What do you want to understand? Finally, alert the module convener or the TA that you would like feedback on this particular submission.

Exact deadlines can be found in BlackBoard. The recommended submission format is in MicroSoft OneNote, via BlackBoard.

The technical solution (Item 1) can be done collaboratively. The comment and reflection (Items 2-4) are personal and must be done individually.

In order to sit the exam, you have to hand in 10 out of the 14 weekly assignments on time. You should hand in all of them, and when you are allowed four lapses, it is only to allow for illness and other mitigating circumstances. There is therefore no excuse for not handing in ten of the assignments on time.

In order to provide feedback on your work, we will ask you to go through your submission with us, one-to-one, on at least two occasions during the semester. This will require you to meet up, either physically or online, to discuss your most recent assignment. This is not supposed to be a polished and formal presentation, but an casual chat about what you have already written in the submission. We cannot give feedback to all students every week. If you want to discuss a particular piece at a particular time, please let us know. Otherwise, we will just tell you what to present when.

The feedback will never lead to a fail, but you have to deal with the feedback and include reflection upon it in your next submission.

The compulsory assignments are not graded, but approximately half of the exam will be drawn directly from work you have done in the compulsory assigment.