Policies adopted in this course are presented below in the form of answers
to frequently asked questions. You are requested to check this page before sending
email to your instructor.
- Final (lab)test
Do I have to use my Prism account for email?
Our registration database as well as the mark database is based on the Prism
cse account, not your York ID. Without the Prism account, we
have no way of identifying your registration status in the course. It is
therefore required that you send email (to instructor, TA, etc.) from
cse account and to check its in-box often. Messages
received from non-cse accounts might be filtered out.
Is there a particular style that I must adopt in my programs?
Yes, you must follow the coding style described
a coding style makes your code more readable and, hence, improves
maintainability. Style will be taken into account when evaluating labtests.
What is the policy on academic dishonesty?
We take matters related to academic dishonesty seriously. To that end,
measures to detect irregularities are in place and are continually upgraded.
For example, tests are photocopied before being returned to the students.
More about academic dishonesty can be found
What should I do before a test?
Samples can be found on this website. The test is closed-book. On the day
of the test, remember to bring a photo ID and optionally a (non-electronic)
dictionary. An answer booklet will be provided and you will write everything
in it. In particular, you may not bring any blank sheets of paper for
Can I write the test in pencil?
Yes, you can write your answers in pencil.
What happens during a test?
Seating may be pre-arranged, and if so, make sure you sit in the seat
assigned to you. No questions are allowed during the test - answer the
questions as best as you can. Leave your photo ID on the desk in front of
you so that it can be inspected by invigilators. A sign-up sheet will be
distributed and by signing it you acknowledge that you are registered in
the course and are indeed the owner of the ID.
When will the test results be announced?
The results of a test are typically posted on ePost within two weeks
of the test and before the drop deadline (if applicable).
I think there is an error in the marking of my test!
If you believe there are errors in the marking of your test, print a copy of
this reappraisal form, fill the form, staple it
to your test, and hand it to the instructor. It is essential that you
explain clearly why you think the test should be re-marked; otherwise, the
test will not be re-marked. Note that the entire test will be
re-marked, and your mark may be increased or decreased. Note also that the
deadline for re-marking is one week after the marked test have been
handed back to the students. No re-marking request will be considered after
What if I missed a test?
No make-up tests will be given. If you miss a test for reasons beyond your
control, inform your instructor as soon as possible. If approved, the weight
of the missed (lab)test will be distributed to later (lab)tests in the
course. It is recommended in this case that you ask your instructor for a
copy of the (lab)test so you can attempt it at home.
How do I find out the date / place of the final (lab)test?
The date/place of the final (lab)test are set centrally by the registrar
office, and posted on its website (accessible from the main York site) about
five weeks before the last day of classes in the term.
Can I write the final test in pencil?
Yes, you can write your answers in pen or in pencil. (Note that the final
test is not returned to the students; only a photocopy can be requested.)
When will the final results be announced?
The results are typically posted on ePost within 20 days of the final
I think there is an error in the marking of my final (lab)test!
Wait until you get your official grade by regular mail from York
(nothing can be done before that). Within three weeks of
receiving them, go to CSEB 1003 and request a copy of your final (lab)test.
If you spot errors, either in marking, or in addition, or in the overall
grade computation, petition by submitting a special form called "Request
for Grade Reappraisal" available from CSEB 1003.
What if I missed the final (lab)test?
If you miss the final (lab)test you must contact your instructor
as soon as possible. Failure to do so in a prompt fashion may result in
you missing the deferred (lab)test (if any will be held). If you contact
the instructor after the deferred (lab)test date, then you must file a
formal petition for deferred standing using the
petition package forms available from this link to the Registrar's
Office web site. If your formal petition is successful you would normally
write a (lab)test with the next regularly scheduled examination for the course.