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Department of Computer Science and Technology


Computer Science Tripos, Part IA, 2021

This Announcement relates to Regulation 11 of the Computer Science Tripos which is as follows:

11. A candidate for Part IA shall submit to the Head of the Department a portfolio of assessed laboratory work. The Head of the Department shall announce not later than the division of the Michaelmas Term next preceding the examination the nature of the laboratory work to be undertaken and the dates by which, and the manner in which, the results of such work are to be presented. The Examiners shall be provided by the Head of the Department with assessments of the work submitted by each candidate, and shall take these assessments into account when assigning marks for the examination.

Work to be Undertaken

During 2020–21, candidates taking Part IA of the Computer Science Tripos are required to undertake the following 18 units of assessed course work:

OCaml Practicals 5 ticks  
Hardware Laboratory 7 ticks  
Java Practicals 2 ticks take-home test 9am Tue 21st April to 9am Thu 23rd April
Algorithms Practicals 3 ticks  
Scientific Computing 1 tick  

In addition, candidates taking Paper 3 under Regulation 10 are required to undertake the following 23 units of assessed course work:

Database Practicals 3 ticks
Introduction to Graphics Practicals 2 ticks
Machine Learning and Real-world Data Practicals 12 ticks
Interaction Design Practicals 6 ticks

Further details will be given by the proprietors of the associated classes. In particular there are internal deadlines for individual exercises that must be adhered to.

The exercises and experiments will be assessed weekly in term. The work must be completed to a high standard; this requires more than simply obtaining the required result.

Candidates will be interviewed to assess a selection of their reports. Each unit of course work that has been adequately completed will be given a tick. Fractions of  ticks will not be awarded.

Submission of Portfolio

To satisfy the requirements of Regulation 14, assessed reports will, once they have been accepted, be retained by the Department.

Candidates should ensure that their portfolio of marks is correctly recorded by 12 noon on Friday 22 May 2020. Any shortfall from the required number of ticks incurs a penalty of 10 marks per missing tick. The maximum penalty is 100 marks (one full paper). It is expected that all candidates achieve all the ticks allocated to their cohort.