Resit Exam and Preparation Tutorial

The resit examination for Inf1-DA will be on the afternoon of Thursday 9 August. This is open to anyone who attended the course but did not pass at the earlier exam sitting in May. Please see the Inf1-DA exams page for more information about exactly when and where this takes place.

I am running an exam preparation tutorial on the morning of Thursday 2 August. A number of students have already enrolled on this: if you would like to join them then mail me now and I’ll send you details of what’s involved.

Link: Inf1-DA exam information

Exam Results

SunshineAll Inf1-DA exam results were published yesterday, a day ahead of schedule. There were around 305 exam submissions, with over 95% passing and a large proportion awarded Grade A. That’s really excellent work, congratulations to you all.

You should be able to see your own results through EUCLID. These are private to you and there is no public listing of marks or grades.

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Exam Paper

I’m posting my copy of the exam paper: an official version of the original will eventually appear in the Exam Papers Online service from the University Library.

I’ll publish a more detailed feedback report later, with information about each of the exam questions and how students tackled them. If you have questions or concerns about your result in this or any other course then contact Student Support or your Personal Tutor as soon as possible. You can drop in to see the ITO student support team in Appleton Tower 6.05 or email them

Links: Exam Paper; Informatics Student Support


The main exam sitting for Inf1-DA completed this morning. The ITO will now gather the 300 or so exam scripts and pass them to the marking team to start work. We expect to take a week or two on the first round of marking; followed by internal and external review of the results, with particular attention to borderline cases. These are then combined with marks from your other courses to determine progression to second-year study. Once this is all completed then Informatics results will be released through EUCLID/MyEd.

By our current schedule we expect to return Informatics 1 results some time between 27 June and 3 July: and in any case as soon as possible within that.

Link: More information on exam results

If your exam sitting today was seriously affected by ill-health or other circumstances outside your control then please mail immediately the Informatics Student Support Team at or contact your Personal Tutor.

Link: More information on special circumstances

To everyone taking the course: thank you for taking part — in lectures, tutorials, on Piazza, by email, and dropping by to ask questions. You are what makes Inf1-DA happen, you’ve done a great job at that, and I look forward to seeing you later on in you degree study here.

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High-precision information retrieval at Openclipart Punxsutawney Phil inspects his shadow. Picture by Anthony Quintano on Flickr

Tutorial Notes and Additional Exam Preparation Tutorial

I’ve posted notes for this week’s tutorial, on Statistical Analysis, to the tutorial web page.

A number of tutors have offered to run an additional exam preparation tutorial, using a mock paper from an earlier year. To participate you would work through that paper over the next couple of weeks; send your written script to a tutor; they mark it; and you get it back for discussion and feedback in a tutorial during revision week at the end of April.

Tutors are still setting this up: I’ll announce details when that’s done and you will be able to sign up if you are interested.

Link: Tutorial Exercises

Student Course Feedback

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All Course Surveys

Please spend time giving written feedback on Inf1-DA in the online survey. This is organised centrally by the University, with all results sent to the individual course organiser and to the Director of Teaching. Submissions are anonymous. I read every comment individually, and for Informatics courses we post your advice online to help other students choosing courses for the future.


Tutorial Notes: Solutions to Practice Exam Questions

I’ve posted some notes on solutions to the practice exam questions from this week’s tutorial exercises. These are based on the sheets you had at the tutorials, but without the detailed mark counts and with improvements following feedback from students and tutors. In particular I’ve tried to be more precise and informative about:

  • The choice of tables to use when modelling the ER diagram for Q1(c);
  • Different ways to write the XPath query for Q2(c)(i) on lines spoken by Rosencrantz.

The final set of tutorial exercises, for Week 11, will be online later today.

Link: Tutorial Exercises