Marking Policies


Assignments and midterms should be returned to students within not much more than two weeks of submission. Large programming projects may require more time than this for complete assessment. Final examinations are not returned, although students may ask to see their finals after the end of the final examination period. Final marks are not available until after the final examination period has concluded.

Any requests for changes to marks must be made within a reasonable period of time after the course component in question is handed back. Typically, "reasonable" will be defined to be one week. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of when submissions are being returned so that they can pick them up, check them over, and make any requests in a timely fashion.

Mark Appeals & Correction of Errors

If a student receives a mark which they feel does not conform to the published marking scheme, they should first speak to the person who marked their paper. If this does not resolve the problem, the student should speak to a course ISA if there is such a person different from the marker, and finally the instructor if necessary. Course staff reserve the right to refuse all appeals for less than 0.25% of the total value of the course, especially when the mark being appealed is partly subjective.

In the case of a recording or arithmetic error, students may speak directly to the ISA. In this case there is no lower limit on the size of error to be corrected.

If a student disagrees with the marking scheme, they should speak to the ISA or instructor. Normally, however, in the interests of fairness to all students, marking schemes will not be changed after the assignments have been graded.

In courses with automatic testing of assignment submission correctness, the ISA will normally handle all mark appeals relating to the auto testing. In this case as well there is normally no lower limit on the size of error to be corrected.