Assignment Remark Policies

The remarking policies for courses tend to vary depending on the course.

Often, courses will accept remarks for up to two weeks after the initial handback date. This allows an adequate window for students to pick up the assignments, look them over, and see if there are any portions they feel were marked incorrectly. Having a deadline also allows course staff (ie, the tutor) to process all remarks together, helping ensure remarking is applied consistently for all students.

General guide for responding to students' requests.

There are many occasion where the students will come to the office or tutorials for remarks on 'little mistakes'.

  • Many courses use a public test system, giving students a way to verify errors themselves easily. As a result, the typical response to remarks is that if it is a problem that should have been caught by the public test, the student does not have a case at all.
Always remind them that the public test is the ballpark of the testing. If they failed the public tests then almost any issues they had with the automarking(such as outputting an extra whitespace) is unjustified.
  • If the students' issue was due to the misunderstanding of the question, it may not qualify for a remark if it was discovered ahead of time and prominently clarified; remind them that they should have read the FaQ, as well as the newsgroup/webpage/RSS feed.
  • (For Scheme courses) Yes, the contract is important in the design recipe.
  • There can be some tricky case such as having the announcement up in the day before the assignment due date. Be careful so that won't happen. We do not want to punish those who do the assignment early.
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