AY2008/9 Semester I
Continual Assessment - Labs
Labs form the practical element of CS1101.
We attach great importance to developing good programming skills
in you, and hence we need your cooperation and committment
to view lab assignments seriously.
We will be closely monitoring your progress, and your
discussion leader is entasked to help you. They will run
through your graded lab assignments with you, give comments
on your programs, and point out areas for improvement.
You are reminded that all submissions must be from your
own effort. This is the only way real learning can
take place. (Please see "About Plagiarism" below.)
There is no fixed lab session. You are to do your lab
assignments and your own practice on your own, either
at home or in school. The JDK 6.0 and DrJava have been
installed in the computers in the following labs:
You may use the computers as long as there are no classes
going on. You may also use your UNIX account to do your
- Programming Labs 1-5 (PL1 - PL5) on COM1 Basement.
(See SoC's New Location and
COM1 Floor Plans.)
- PC Lab 1 and PC Lab 2 on SOC1 level 8.
- WS Lab (Workstation Lab) on SOC1 level 8.
For the locations of all teaching labs and their accessibility
and opening hours, please refer to
If your matriculation card has problem with accessing the
labs, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send them your matriculation number.
Plagiarism, in general, is an act of academic dishonesty.
In the context of a programming module, it refers, but is not
limited, to cases of a student copying others' work and
passing it off as his own, or a student who allows his own
work to be copied by another.
We encourage discussion among the students, but you need to
draw a line between discussion and copying. Two students who
get together to discuss a problem and derive the algorithm,
and then leave to write the code on their own is fine.
But most often than not, during the discussion the students
tend to produce the code, a partial code, or a skeleton of
the code together, and their end products will look quite
identical. You need to be aware of this and to avoid getting
into that situation.
Please be reminded that lab assignments are to be done
individually, not through collaboration.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated and will be severely dealt with.
We have automated plagiarism checker that checks the submission
of all students. In the past, many students have been caught,
and penalised accordingly. Do not worry that we blindly follow
the results of the plagiarism checker. There are checks to
ensure that the conclusion is a fair one, and there are
avenues for students to appeal to the lecturer if they
have reasons to think that they are wronged.
For more details on plagiarism, please refer to the
You will use an autograder, CourseMarker, or CM in short,
to submit your lab assignments. Details about the autograder
will be given soon.
If you forgot or misplaced your CourseMarker password,
and if you have a UNIX account (which I assume all of you do),
you can self-service a request at the link below. The
password will be re-sent (not reset) to your NUSNET account.
Some things are still best left to the humans. :)
We had wanted to use the typography facility to help
you get some feedback on your programming style,
but it hasn't impressed us.
Henceforth, we are setting the Typography check to 0%,
and relying on your discussion leaders to engage their
own prowess in assessing this particular aspect of your
In any case, the option of having your discussion leader
overwrite the grade awarded by CourseMarker has always
been there, ready to be exercised, so in a way we have
already put in order some safeguard.
(Of course, human grading brings along its own set of
problems, but shall we agree to save that discussion
for another day?)
Now, although we are setting the Typography check to 0%,
CourseMarker will continue to give comment on your style
nonetheless. To allow you to better appreciate the messages,
the link below might be useful:
Typography on CourseMarker
(The above link is broken. If you know where
it has been migrated to, please inform me.)
Other website on CourseMarker
Old Labs (AY2007/8 Semester 1)
Some of you requested for past year's lab questions
for more practice. Here they are.
Last updated: 29 October 2008