My First

Open Book and Notes

As a result of COVID-19, I got an opportunity to experience my first open book/notes final exam.

Grading Choice

The first thing that we had to do was to choose one of the following:
Agree to be evaluated for award of either S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory) grade.

  • S/U option is not available for courses being repeated in Spring 2020, except where the previous grade is W.
  • S/U option is not available for Projects and Thesis.
  • If a student opts for S/U grade for a theory course, then it will also apply to the associated online lab and vice versa
  • S and U grades carry no grade points and will not be included in calculating GPA.

Agree to be evaluated for award of one of the Letter Grades.

Drop the course with no adverse financial impact. The fee already paid shall be transferred to the next semester.

I chose Letter Grade as I thought it will motivate me to study well for the exam but to my surprise, our instructor chose to follow absolute grading criterion for letter grades. Nevertheless, I went with the flow. Our instructor told us that the paper would be based on Algorithm Design.

On a question about theoretical questions in the exam, the response was:
Theoretical questions have same answer and I wouldn’t be able to detect cheating in it.

Advice (instructor): Have good hands on experience of all the concepts if you will waste time in looking into books, notes or friends work then you wouldn’t be able to complete it.

Submission (Advice + Instructions): Dont waste time in typing the Final. Work on neat assignment papers, take pic and submit. But all questions should be in one pdf file and in order and READABLE. You can use DocScan or similar mobile app to take pic and make pdf and submit. Please try this before the finals.

Grading Criterion

The criterion for S is the same as the criterion for passing a course. Similarly, the criterion for U is the same as the criterion for failing (i.e. grade F in) the course.
For Letter grade we will follow the following scale (roughly)
78–99 A-, A, A+
65–77 B-, B, B+
55–65 C, C+

FINAL EXAM INSTRUCTIONS HOW TO SUBMIT ANSWER SHEET/SOLUTION (DON’T SEND INDIVIDUAL/SEGMENTS OF SOLUTIONS and MULTIPLE COPIES):
1. Prepare a single PDF file (merge individual answer sheets into a single pdf file in order and with correct numbering).
2. Mention your Full Name, Roll Number, and Section clearly on each page; any anonymous document will not be marked at all.
3. You will be given an extra 30 minutes to complete this submission process in two mediums (i) Through Google classroom OR (ii) Through Slate.
IMPORTANT: Your file name should contain Course Abbreviation Name (BigD), and Roll No, (For example: BigD_18L-1234.pdf).
4. Late solutions received will NOT be considered. You will not get full credit if you do not show proper working, reasoning and steps as asked in question statements.

The Final

The final had a 50% weight in the final calculation of grades, this was usual but what was not, atleast for me, was that there were a total of 3 questions worth 10 marks each with only a single question with multiple parts (2 to be precise).
When I first saw the complete paper, I thought, I didn’t knew anything, nothing new to me, but with the help of assignments and other work done during the semester and reading questions multiple times, I was able to fill the paper for which I was happy in the end.

Following were the questions along with their answers according to my understanding:

Calculate X-Mean

Mapper

Comparator and Partitioner

Reducer

Calculate Y-Mean

Mapper

Comparator and Partitioner

Reducer

Calculate Steller’s Variation

Mapper

Comparator and Partitioner

Reducer

Calculate X-Mean

Calculate Y-Mean and Broadcast both Means

Calculate Steller’s Variation

Apart from the final exam, I was very close to submitting a paper at ICONIP 2020 but wasn’t able to do so as I discovered that I wasn’t able to prove the method which I was using mathematically. Nevertheless, an experience worth remembering and yet another failure in trying to publish a paper as a first author. Let’s see, what happens next.

As someone said, I guess:

There are no mistakes in life, only lessons.

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