Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Policies adopted in this course are presented below in the form of answers to
frequently asked questions. Students are requested to check this page before
sending email to your instructor.
Do I have to use my Prism (cse) 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
cannot easily confirm your registration status in the course. It is therefore
required that you check your cse in-box often, or
arrange to forward
your cse email to your preferred email account.
Is there a particular style that I must adopt in my programs?
Yes, it is assumed that you are familiar with the coding style used in CSE1020.
Following a coding style makes your code more readable and, hence, improves
maintainability. Style will likely be taken into account when evaluating programming tests.
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 may be scanned before being returned to the students. More about
academic dishonesty can be found here.
What should I do before a test?
Review the textbook, your lecture notes and other course materials.
On the day of the test, remember to bring University- or government-issued
May I write the test in pencil?
Yes, you may write the test in pencil.
What happens during a test?
Unless otherwise noted, all tests are closed-book. Any required APIs will be
provided to you. Optionally, you are allowed to bring a non-electronic
dictionary. No other aids or devices (e.g., calculators, cellphones, media
players) will be permitted. You will write everything in a booklet or answer
sheet that will be provided to you. In particular, you may not bring any
blank sheets of paper for scratch work. For a programming test, you will instead write a
program using one of the lab workstations. More information on the labtest
environment is available here.
Seating may be pre-arranged. If so, make sure you sit in the seat assigned to
you. No questions are allowed during the test. Answer the questions as best you
can. If you believe a question to be ambiguous, write down your interpretation
of it and/or any assumptions you make.
For tests, 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 during the test. By signing it, you acknowledge that you are
registered in the course and are indeed the owner of the associated ID.
Most importantly, keep your eyes on your own work. At the discretion of the
invigilators, students may be asked to move.
When will the test results be announced?
The results of a test are typically posted on ePost
within two weeks of the test.
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
reappraisal request form. Complete 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 tests have been handed back to the students. No re-marking request
will be considered after that deadline.
What if I missed one of the term tests?
There are only two possible outcomes: you get a zero on the test, or the
weight of the test is shifted to a future test or exam. Legitimate reasons
for missing a test include illness and compassionate grounds. In any case,
you must contact your instructor to explain the reasons for missing the test.
How do I find out the date and location of the final exam?
The date and location of the final exam are set by the Registrar's Office.
They are posted on its website about five weeks before the last day of classes
in the term.
May I write the exam in pencil?
Yes, you may write your answers in pen or in pencil. (Note that the exam paper
is not returned to the students; only a photocopy can be requested.)
When will the final exam results be announced?
Typically, the results are posted on ePost
within 20 days of the exam.
I think there is an error in the marking of my exam!
Wait until you get your official grade by regular mail from York. Nothing
can be done before that. Within three weeks of receiving your official
grade, go to room CSEB-1003 and request a copy of your final exam. If you spot
errors in marking, 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 programming test or the final exam?
If you miss the final programming test or the final exam you must contact your instructor as soon as
possible. Failure to do so in a prompt fashion may result in you missing the
deferred exam. You must obtain the Deferred Standing Agreement Form from the
Take the form and the documentation explaining the reason for missing the test or the exam
to your instructor as soon as possible.
Your instructor will consider the documented reason
for missing the test or the exam, and decide whether or not to grant you deferred standing.
If your instructor grants your request, you will be informed of the deferred
test/exam date. Generally, the deferred exam occurs within a few weeks of the
If your instructor denies your request, if you contact the instructor after
the deferred test/exam, or if the department does not allow a deferred test/exam, you must
then file a formal petition for deferred standing using the Petition Package
forms. If your formal petition is successful, you will typically write a test/exam
with the next regularly scheduled examination for the course.