• This is an OLD WEBSITE for COMP1511 from 2019 Term 3

    Posted by Marc Chee Sunday 16 February 2020, 11:32:20 PM, last modified Sunday 24 May 2020, 12:30:31 PM.

    Hi there,

    This website is from a previous term of COMP1511 (2019 Term 3).

    If you are looking for the 2020 Term 1 COMP1511 website, it's at this link:

  • Upcoming Results for COMP1511

    Posted by Marc Chee Friday 20 December 2019, 04:48:03 PM.

    Final Results for COMP1511 - Provisional results are available now but myUNSW might show LE for COMP1511

    Hello all!

    When you get your Results of Assessment email tonight/tomorrow, your COMP1511 grade will probably be LE - Late Entry. This is because our finalisation of your marks was a bit late this term. We have submitted your final marks to UNSW, but we can't control how long they will now take to update on myUNSW.

    However, you can at least view your provisional results for COMP1511, via the View Autotests/Submissions/Marking page on the course website. Hopefully it says you have a mark >= 50 and a grade of PS, CR, DN or HD. If so, you have met all requirements and have passed COMP1511.

    Provisional marks can also change, for example when calculation errors are discovered, but it is incredibly rare to change a provisional PS to a FL. If your Final Mark contains the grade FL unfortunately you have not passed COMP1511 and are not being offered further assessment. You will need to retake in COMP1511 if it is required for your degree. You will also have to un-enrol from any 20T1 COMP courses which require COMP1511 as prerequisite such as COMP1521, COMP1531 & COMP2521.

    If your result is WD or LE, your COMP1511 result is yet to be determined. Some students have the grade WD due to an investigation of possible assignment plagiarism and will be receiving an email from me with details. These emails will be sent when UNSW reopens in early January. If you are being offered a supplementary exam, your grade should also be WD and you should have received an email with the details.

    Exam Marking

    General queries about exam marking should be asked in the class forum but please first read answers to previous questions and the following information:

    Part 1 was automarked using patterns (regular-expressions) but a human marker was shown all answers matching the patterns and the marker adjusted the patterns to include all variants of correct (or partially correct) answers.

    Marks were not deducted for spelling mistakes, obvious typos, extra spaces, blank lines, writing \n for newline etc.Part 2 questions were automarked using tests you hadn't seen, then passed to a human marker. If you scored less than full marks for a part 2 question, your answer must have failed at least one automarking test. All answers that passed all marking tests received full marks. The human marker could still give the majority of marks if an answer failed automarking tests for unimportant reasons. While passing the supplied autotests guaranteed no marks, almost all answers that passed the supplied autotests received 8+/10.

    A few students "hard-coded" the supplied autotests into their answer. This didn't help their code pass the (unseen) automarking tests, and didn't get marks from the human marker. The marking scripts automatically retrieved and marked answers which students forgot to submit - and for Part 1 if empty answers were accidentally saved over previous answers, the previous answers were recovered.

    Exam questions and answers (yours or mine) are not released.

    Assessment Review

    If you would like to review your course assessment (including a closer inspection of marks breakdown in the exam), I will be available for face to face consultations in late January (exact dates to be confirmed). Please note there is a faculty policy that falling 1 mark short of a HD/DN/CR, is not sufficient reason to review a student's assessment.


    COMP1511 is a challenging course that can have a lot of very difficult concepts to grasp and understand in a short time. Bear in mind that these things don't necessarily need to be understood right now, but maybe will become clearer the further you go on your journey to learn about Computing. I hope that, regardless of your marks, you've gained some understanding of programming and are curious as to what the deeper mysteries are in working with computers and that you continue to put time and effort into your learning from here on.

    Marc Chee

  • COMP1511 Exam Tomorrow!

    Posted by Marc Chee Thursday 28 November 2019, 08:49:15 PM.

    A final reminder to the students of COMP1511 that the exam for this course is tomorrow, the 29th November.

    If you are unsure of your time allocation, you can confirm it using this link:

    Some last minute advice:
    • Eat a proper meal before the exam
    • Bring a transparent drink bottle to keep hydrated during the exam
    • Bring some pens/pencils to draw diagrams to help you solve problems
    • Get some sleep tonight! A well rested brain is usually better last minute cramming

Upcoming Due Dates

There is nothing due!

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