CS 492/692 - Winter 2018 - Assignment 6

Evaluation of Role Playing Exercises


This assignment is due by the start of class time on Wednesday March 28. It should be roughly 750 words in length and is worth 5 marks. Please note that you should be able to start this assignment much earlier in the term; it does not need to be done entirely during the last weekend of the term.

You are to keep a record of the RPEs you attended during the term. First, present a chart indicating which RPEs you attended, also indicating for each RPE whether you generally enjoyed it or not. For each RPE, make clear why you did or did not enjoy the RPE, very briefly, in a sentence or two, added to the chart.

Then, choose one RPE other than the one which you completed for grading. First, summarize the position of each of the teams, as presented during the ORAL presentation to the class. The detail you provide here should demonstrate that you actually attended the class. Then, include your own rejoinder to these positions, including your own specific reactions to the statements made, questions you would have liked to see the participants address and your own personal opinion on the topic addressed by the RPE. Be sure to construct a coherent argument of some substance to present your point of view. Finally, comment on the value of this particular RPE topic and propose any suggested adjustments for the future (including the option to drop this topic entirely, if you feel it is not promising). Try to make a distinction here between your opinion about the potential for the RPE as part of the course and your opinion about the success or failure of the students who attempted to present this RPE.

At the end of the assignment, include your general reactions to and your advice for the RPE component of CS492.


There are two main purposes of this assignment. The first is to ensure that students are actively participating in RPEs and to provide students with additional opportunity to react to the RPEs. The second is to provide some guidance to the instructor for deciding which RPE topics to retain in the course, in the future.

Please note: the TA will be independently tracking your attendance and participation at RPEs.