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The following two pages show the Guidelines issued to Assessors of Part II dissertations. The marking scheme is included. Study these Guidelines carefully.
Here is a dissertation for marking. The notes below should be read in conjunction with sections 12 and 13 of this year’s Briefing Document (“Pink Book”). These sections give details of how the candidates have been asked to organise their dissertations and how these are to be assessed.
Candidates have been asked, in section 12, to structure their dissertations strictly as follows:
|Declaration of Originality|
|Table of Contents|
The marking scheme is described in section 13 and corresponds to a maximum of 100 marks being assigned as indicated in the following table:
|Introduction and Preparation||26|
|Evaluation and Conclusions||20|
- Presentation: check that the dissertation has the required structure and that the Cover Sheet, Proforma and Project Proposal are present and correct. Give credit for literacy and narrative quality but evidence of desk-top publishing skills should gain only marginal credit.
- Introduction and Preparation: consider how well the candidate understood the task and analysed it. Give credit for a good introduction to the technical background, a coherent discussion of the problems and sensible planning. Effort spent getting to grips with obscure documentation can be counted!
- Implementation: seek evidence of skill, clear thinking and common sense. Consider how much work was carried out and take into account how challenging this was.
- Evaluation and Conclusions: consider what was and what was not achieved. Give credit for an interesting conclusion.
- Overall: throughout the dissertation seek evidence that a proper professional approach was employed. No marks are explicitly assigned for difficulty but clearly challenging projects should be rewarded more generously than undemanding projects. Give credit for background work such as learning a new system, new algorithms or a new body of theory. Anything which is not part of ordinary course work is ‘new’ (for example BCPL is not now included in any lecture course). Projects need not break new ground nor be original in concept.
Please fill in this form and retain it. Pass the dissertation on to whoever is due to read it next (or retain it if you are the last reader).
Assessment: Please complete the following score sheet ...
|Chapters 1 and 2
|Chapters 4 and 5
A viva voce examination is recommended? [Yes/No]
Additional assessment by an expert is recommended? [Yes/No]
Remarks: Please provide about 30 words of comment ...