Computer Laboratory

Guidance on deadlines, late submission and penalties

All assessed components (exams, written papers, dissertations, coursework etc) of the Computer Science Tripos and MPhil in Advanced Computer Science have associated deadlines. Missing these, for most components even by one minute, incurs a high penalty – typically zero marks being awarded for that component (see below for penalties for late submission of individual course components).

This accords with practice in professional life – missing a flight to a pre-Christmas product release is likely to be very costly

Nonetheless, in a university situation, some flexibility is appropriate for personal or medical reasons. Requests for mitigation must be made via a letter or email from your College Tutor. Note that Tutors are very experienced in dealing with delicate personal or medical issues with sensitivity and confidentiality. You may wish to talk to your Director of Studies or Course Advisor first as they will be more familiar with the various Computer Laboratory deadlines.

However, in all circumstances requests for mitigation must be made in a timely manner and reflect a significant impediment. In a six-month project almost everyone is likely to have a short-term illness or hardware failure and must plan around this. Note that while some mitigation requests (e.g. coursework) can be resolved within the Computer Laboratory by deadline extension, others (such as missing an exam paper or late submission of a Part III or MPhil project) can only result in zero marks; there is a higher-level University "Applications Committee" whose role is to resolve these cases.

Note particularly, that individual lecturers cannot approve requests for deadline extensions, all such requests must be made via your tutor to the Student Administration Office. If emailing please use a role address such as student-admin@cl.cam.ac.uk to avoid problems with staff leave etc.

Below is a summary of the published deadlines and penalties for the various Parts of the Computer Science Tripos and the MPhil in Advanced Computer Science.

Computer Science Tripos

  • Part IA
    • ML and Java ticks (all candidates), Hardware ticks (candidates taking paper 2 only): ticks must be obtained by the dates specified on page 1 or 2 of the Head of Department's announcement. The overall portfolio of assessed work must also be submitted to Head of Department by the dates specified there.
  • Part IB
    • ECAD ticks, Java, Prolog/C++ ticks, Group Project: assessed exercises must approved by the dates specified on page 3 of the Head of Department's announcement. The overall portfolio of assessed work must also be submitted to Head of Department by the dates specified there.
  • Part II
    • Individual project: Project proposals must be approved and final projects submitted by the dates specified in the Pink Book. Penalties are automatically applied for late submission as detailed there (a quarter of the marks are lost immediately after the noon deadline).
  • Part III
    • Taught modules: Deadlines and penalties match (specified here) those of the MPhil in Advanced Computer Science below.
    • Individual project: Project proposals must be approved and final projects submitted as specified in the Head of Department's announcement for Part III. The intention is that these dates match those of the MPhil in Advanced Computer Science below.

MPhil in Advanced Computer Science

  • Taught modules: Assessed coursework, take-home exams and the like must be completed by the times and dates set by the Graduate Education Office. The guidance on ACS assessment spells out the penalties for late submission.
  • Individual project or research essay: Failure to submit the dissertation, project report or research essay by 12:00 noon on the required date leads to it being awarded zero marks.