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Exam Post-Mortem
October 25, 2010 11:15AM
How did you find it? was actually not too hard...but some of the questions came across as being different, but were all the same as the former exam papers.

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October 25, 2010 11:18AM
Yeah, it was different. I'm glad I got a few questions from past exam papers & tut 101. Am keeping my fingures crossed...
Re: Exam Post-Mortem
October 25, 2010 11:34AM
I went blank with the recursive binary search question... The rest was fine, but I didn't time myself very well. Ran out of time when I tried to come back to the recursive function :'(
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October 25, 2010 12:01PM
Not bad, better than last year. On that recursive binary question, I just subsititude a few lines with recursive calls. Thought what the hell, let me get least 1 mark for trying smiling smiley

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avatar Re: Exam Post-Mortem
October 25, 2010 12:12PM
I also went blank on the recursive question.
Wasn't sure if I answered divideAt correctly. Otherwise the rest of the paper was OK.
Re: Exam Post-Mortem
October 25, 2010 12:20PM
I feel so much better after this post. Q2 was in assignment 1 and I just went blank. Had to use a little logic. I also battled with the recursion and did the same as you cbrunsdonza!!! Lol...
Otherwise the questions were different but not impossible.
Do you guys use C++ at work or for research or something? I don't need it at all for my line of work and so I battle a little with it. If I was studying full time maybe it would be a lot easier. Am I flattering myself? Subjects like INF206 and 207D I use a lot so I did much better.
Anyway, all the best for your other subjects.
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Re: Exam Post-Mortem
October 25, 2010 12:22PM
This should be a three hours paper. I think I passed though.
Re: Exam Post-Mortem
October 25, 2010 12:30PM
Yep.....Time is too little for 8 questions in 2 hours.
Re: Exam Post-Mortem
October 25, 2010 12:37PM
By the way, my paper didn't have Appendix D.
Re: Exam Post-Mortem
October 25, 2010 04:40PM
Appendix D was actually appendix C...some typo there...

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Re: Exam Post-Mortem
October 25, 2010 04:50PM
Didn't even notice, I was in such a rush !!! I ran out of time as well.
Re: Exam Post-Mortem
October 25, 2010 08:15PM
I agree, the time given for this exam was absurd. Especially since they tried to trick us on almost every question. And what the heck was up with all those ADTs?

Given 3 hours, every question on the whole papers was doable.

This writing out code BS is for the birds. The WORST way of examining this type of subject. Really, it's quite pointless in the end.
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October 25, 2010 09:56PM
nozdlax Wrote:
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> I feel so much better after this post. Q2 was in
> assignment 1 and I just went blank. Had to use a
> little logic. I also battled with the recursion
> and did the same as you cbrunsdonza!!! Lol...
> Otherwise the questions were different but not
> impossible.
> Do you guys use C++ at work or for research or
> something? I don't need it at all for my line of
> work and so I battle a little with it. If I was
> studying full time maybe it would be a lot easier.
> Am I flattering myself? Subjects like INF206 and
> 207D I use a lot so I did much better.
> Anyway, all the best for your other subjects.


We don't use C++ for any development but its still important to know it. This module covered important things that are not limited to the world of C.

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October 27, 2010 11:59AM
Justice Wrote:
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> I agree, the time given for this exam was absurd.
> Especially since they tried to trick us on almost
> every question. And what the heck was up with all
> those ADTs?
>
> Given 3 hours, every question on the whole papers
> was doable.
>
> This writing out code BS is for the birds. The
> WORST way of examining this type of subject.
> Really, it's quite pointless in the end.


It really is a stupid way to examine people coz I mean no matter what there will alway be something wrong with your code regardless of how good you are in programming. If they can provide practical testing for EUP then surely they can have practical tests for programming...
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October 28, 2010 02:35PM
Justice Wrote:
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> This writing out code BS is for the birds. The
> WORST way of examining this type of subject.
> Really, it's quite pointless in the end.


I actually disagree - writing by hand actually teaches you to focus on what you do. Coding is 80% preperation

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Re: Exam Post-Mortem
October 28, 2010 03:10PM
@ cbrunsdonza

I totaly agree with you...being able to write code on paper shows that you need very little (to almost none) fault finding on your progam.

It helps to boost the confidence of your coding skills.smile

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Re: Exam Post-Mortem
October 28, 2010 10:47PM
If there are no complains then it is not programming, and if you got what you expected, well then you were not writting an exam.
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October 29, 2010 01:59PM
If we coded on computers you would still need to be prepared otherwise you would run out of time... & you still need to be focused but at least you can see errors you made & rectify them. Being tested on a PC allows you to rectify mistakes.
Re: Exam Post-Mortem
October 29, 2010 04:17PM
@ dladla

Sure, you might have a point there.

Which were easier: COS211X or COS2144? For me cos211 were somewhat of a breeze in comparison to cos214.

Either way, programming is about having the picture in your mind of what you're suppose to accomplish-before you even start writing code.
Thats why, its not so much about the actual coding, but more the algorithms, the approach that you're taking, etc..

So if we take maths for an example, are we suppose to try every formula before we reach the desired result, or just start with right one,
and get the job done? Thats the same with coding...try every single idea you get untill the program works? Nope.

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