• Total for Weekly Assessments

    Posted by Tim Arney Tuesday 02 May 2023, 09:14:42 PM, last modified Tuesday 02 May 2023, 09:23:59 PM.

    Hello everyone,

    I've just totalled the 8 x weekly assessment marks that make up 16% of your final grade. These are weeks 2-5, 7-10. You can see the total online, along with each week's mark:

    Or when connected to CSE:

    9024 classrun -sturec

    The total is listed as the "labs" components.

    If you believe there's been some mistake please send me an email ( ) with any relevant information.



  • A message from the exam unit … please pay attention

    Posted by Helen Paik Tuesday 02 May 2023, 01:30:29 AM.

    Please make sure to read this…

    Good luck with the exam tomorrow


    Dear Helen,

    A gentle reminder that for tomorrow’s COMP9024 on-campus F2F invigilated exam using Inspera, your students must have the correct version of Safe Exam Browser (SEB) installed on their BYOD. The correct version for Windows is 3.4.1 and for Mac is 2.3.2.

    To help students install the UNSW compatible version of SEB for Mac or Windows, please direct them to Inspera: On-Campus Invigilated Final & Supplementary Exams | UNSW Current Students

    It would be appreciated if you can reinforce this message amongst your student cohort before their exam to ensure their smooth exam experience.

  • An important message from the exam unit

    Posted by Helen Paik Friday 28 April 2023, 03:51:29 PM.

    The following was sent to academics - hope COMP9024 students won't have this problem!


    Dear Colleagues,

    I hope this message finds you well.

    As you know, the T1 2023 final exam period is currently underway. We would like to remind students that if they have an on-campus F2F invigilated exam using Inspera, they must have the latest version of Safe Exam Browser (SEB) installed on their BYOD. The correct version for Windows is 3.4.1 and for Mac is 2.3.2.

    Despite previous communication, we have observed that some students have not installed the correct version of SEB. This can cause unnecessary stress for them on exam day . To avoid this, it is imperative for all students to have the correct SEB version installed before attending the on-campus invigilated Inspera exam.

    To help students install the UNSW compatible version of SEB for Mac or Windows, please direct them to Inspera: On-Campus Invigilated Final & Supplementary Exams | UNSW Current Students

    It would be appreciated if you can reinforce this message amongst your student cohort without delay to ensure their smooth exam experience.

    Thank you for your assistance

  • Your exact exam location (online or on-campus)

    Posted by Helen Paik Friday 28 April 2023, 09:54:35 AM.


    I'd like to make this clear - if you are here in Sydney, you should take the on-campus exam. If you travelled here recently and somehow you are still classified as an online exam candidate in the system, you MUST report to the exam unit and let them know that you are here. Failing to do so will be considered a serious misconduct.

    For students who suddenly have to go back to your country for personal reasons and wanting to take the exam online, I cannot make that happen (no point emailing me). You must talk to the exam unit ASAP to work out something reasonable for you.

    If you are still not sure what is going to happen for your final exam, contact the exam unit. Remember, all official communications are sent to your UNSW email addresses.

  • Update: A mockup exam on Insprea

    Posted by Helen Paik Sunday 23 April 2023, 10:15:09 PM, last modified Saturday 29 April 2023, 12:21:18 PM.

    Update: You will find another mockup exam link labelled "Mockup exam - open time limit". The exam is setup with no time limit. You can leave it open till the exam closes on 1st May 12pm.
    (updated 29th April 12pm)


    A demo/mockup exam on Inspera is setup through Moodle. You will find a link to the mockup exam on Moodle. The exam automatically opens at 10am 26th April. The access to the exam will be closed at 12pm 1st May. Once you start the exam, you have 1 hour to complete.

    We have no intention of grading your answers for this one. You may ask questions - we can release sample solutions for them later.

    Note that this mockup is setup as an online test. The actual exam will require you to download and access the exam paper through Safe Browser. Do not forget to set it up ahead of your exam day, please.

  • Information about the Final Exam

    Posted by Helen Paik Friday 21 April 2023, 11:42:31 AM.

    I was informed by the Exam Unit that they have sent out a detailed email regarding the COMP9024 exam format and preparation guidelines. If you are still wondering about what is going to happen for the final exam, please first check your email.

    The exam unit can provide blank paper. But I'd say prepare a couple of pens in case they do not have that available for all students.

    I will create a mockup exam on Inspera next week.

  • Guest lecture on Ethics and Algorithms (Tuesday 18th 3pm)

    Posted by Helen Paik Monday 17 April 2023, 11:20:13 AM, last modified Tuesday 18 April 2023, 01:31:22 PM.

    Hello Class,

    Tomorrow (18th Tuesday), we have a guest lecture on Ethics of Algorithms, delivered by our own "Ethics expert" Dr. Sebastian Sequoiah-Grayson (and an interesting interview here from his USYD days )

    He is known for delivering highly informative and engaging lectures on the topic. So we strongly encourage you to attend.

    See you all tomorrow.

    UPDATE: For those who want to join online through Zoom (live), please use the link below (PW: 379869):

    Live Zoom

  • Assignment Deadline + myExperience

    Posted by Tim Arney Friday 14 April 2023, 10:20:57 AM.

    Hello Class,

    A quick reminder that the assignment is due next Tuesday, April 18. Hopefully at this stage many of you are just tidying up your code and running some final tests, but for those of you who feel you may need a little extra time or want to help out your classmates, please read on...

    The myExperience survey for the course is open and can be accessed through Moodle . For further information on the survey and an assignment late penalty waiver we're offering, please read this post on the Ed forum .

    Don't forget we also have a number of help sessions between now and the deadline, including today, Monday, and Tuesday, as well as 3 more help sessions in the days following the deadline. If you need one-on-one assistance, these should be your first port of call.

  • Assignment Released

    Posted by Tim Arney Thursday 23 March 2023, 04:54:41 PM.

    You can find the specification here on WebCMS under Course Work -> Assignment.

    Please read through it carefully. And more than once.

    It is due Tue Apr 18 23:59:59 2023 (Week 10).

    Be sure to start early, and good luck!

  • Mid Term Quiz (Week 6 Thursday 23rd, 3pm)

    Posted by Helen Paik Monday 20 March 2023, 03:33:40 PM.

    Hello Class,

    The mid term quiz is on this week (Week 6), Thursday 23rd 3pm. You will have 1 hour to complete.

    On Thursday, go to Moodle site for COMP9024 - the link to the quiz will be clearly visible. The access will open at 3pm.

    During the quiz, the Ed Forum will be locked to read-only mode.

    You are allowed to access lecture notes and exercise materials linked from WebCMS, but no other materials are permitted.

    There are 10 questions (7 MCQ, 2 short (1-2 words) answer, 1 long answer where you may have to write a few sentences)

  • Further information about COMP9024 Final Exam (Don't Panic)

    Posted by Helen Paik Tuesday 21 February 2023, 11:50:57 AM.

    I got some further information about what is means to use Inspera for the exam platform in a centrally run environment.

    For students who are overseas, the exam on Inspera is offered as "Invigilated ZOOM Exams". Zoom invigilated exams are only for international students based overseas, and for ELS students. Any exemptions will be decided by the Exams Team only. All domestic students, Australian citizens/residents and any students in Australia, are expected to attend their on-campus invigilated exams – regardless of whether they have been given approval to attend their classes online.

    So if you are overseas, you can take the exam online at the same time as other students in Australia (You will have to accept that it will be invigilated via Zoom - i.e., your camera on).

    So the offer of supplementary exam to students who cannot take the central exam is only for those who meets the UNSW supplementary exam policy (e.g., you were too sick to attend).

    Hope this satisfies everyone!

  • Final Exam for COMP9024 in Term 1 2023

    Posted by Helen Paik Monday 20 February 2023, 03:37:41 PM.

    Hello Class

    Thank you @Tim for setting up the poll.

    The exam is on campus - using an exam platform called Inspera. The exam is centrally timetabled and managed by the exam unit and will be invigilated.

    For those who are taking this remotely and will not be in Australia by the exam period, I suggest that you should consider your options carefully. We DO NOT offer an online final exam (where you use your own computer to access exam from home). What we will do is to give you a supplementary final exam on campus close to the start of T2. We made this decision because you are fully expected to be on campus by the start of T2 by the university.

  • Help Session Schedule

    Posted by Tim Arney Saturday 18 February 2023, 12:07:26 PM.

    The help session schedule for the next few weeks has now been published. You can find it via " Help Sessions " from the course menu. We'll be running a number of on campus sessions using classrooms in the Quad, please bring your own device (BYOD), and online sessions via Blackboard Collaborate. Please take advantage of the sessions, particularly for things like coding issues, as this is where you'll get the best support.

    Reminders :

    1. Please complete the final exam poll before the lecture on Tuesday. So far we only have responses from ~40% of students.
    2. Please submit the week 1 assessement before noon on Tuesday. It is only a practice run (the marks won't count!), but it's valuable practice on coding and using the submission system. Generally, the weekly assessments will be released by noon on Tuesday and be due by noon the following Tuesday, and from week 2 on each one will contribute 2% to your final grade.

  • Final Exam Poll + Live Streamed Demo

    Posted by Tim Arney Wednesday 15 February 2023, 05:09:37 PM.

    Hi all,

    I hope you're settling into week 1 ok!

    Important : As you may have noted from the first lecture, the current plan for the final exam is to have it on campus. I know there have been some students with concerns as to whether they'll be able to travel to Australia during the exam period. We're not yet sure whether we'll be able to cater for such students, but I've created a poll asking about your expected circumstances. If you could take 10 seconds to answer it asap that would be greatly appreciated. The sooner we understand your situation, the sooner we can find out what options may be available. You can find the poll here:

    Now, in response to some student feedback, I'll be hosting a live demo over Zoom tomorrow night, Thursday Feb 16, at 6pm to talk through the various CSE systems and walk through the week 1 assessment exercise. You'll be able to access it here:
    Password: 970338

    For those of you can't be with me in real-time I'll record the session and make it available.

    If there's anything in particular you'd like me to address please feel free to post on this Ed thread:

    And on that topic, about 25% of you are yet to join the course forum. It will be your ally this term, so I'd highly encourage doing it sooner rather than later. Here's the join link:

    I hope to see many of you tomorrow!


  • Early Administrava

    Posted by Tim Arney Saturday 11 February 2023, 01:27:21 PM, last modified Saturday 11 February 2023, 01:28:23 PM.

    Hi all,

    I'm Tim, your course administrator. Before the course starts proper and Helen offers an official welcome, I wanted to highlight a few things...

    We'll be using Ed Discussions for the course forum. Please join us over there using this link:

    We'd love to learn a few things about you. If you can spare 30 seconds before the first lecture on Tuesday, please respond to these polls:

    1. Do you have any experience programming in C?
    2. Which operating system do you typically use?
    3. Is this your first term enrolled in a CSE program?

    If you're unfamiliar with the CSE computing environment then you may like to get a jump on looking over the Home Computing guides (also linked from the course menu here on WebCMS):

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend / last of your pre-term break!


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