Examination and grading

This course is awarded 7.5 ECTS upon passing. It thus requires a total investment of approximately 210 hours, which means that apart from attending classes you are required to spend around 20 hours a week(!) on preparing and evaluating classes, working on the practical assignments, making exercises, and preparing for the exam.

The course will be graded based on practical assignments and a written exam. To pass the course, a final grade of at least 6 on a scale from 1 to 10 is required.

Final grades will be registered in OSIRIS; partial grades will be communicated through Blackboard's gradecenter.

Practical assignments

The practical assignments are homework assignments, each consisting of a number of questions and exercises, partly to be answered using a Bayesian network software tool. The first assignment provides some necessary preparation for other assignments and is neither handed-in nor graded. Practical assignments cannot be re-taken.

The practical assignments are done in pairs and we assume that both partners contribute equally to the submitted answers to each question. Moreover, submitted assignments cannot contain answers copied from someone else, or somewhere else, without due acknowledgement of the source -- this is fraud or plagiarism. Committing fraud or plagiarism can have dire consequences. This also holds for anyone who knowingly and willfully enables fraud or plagiarism (i.e. by posting solutions, leaving them lying around or on screen, etc). See Art. 5.14 - fraud and plagiarism of the Education and Examination Regulations (OER) of the Graduate School of Natural Sciences.

Submitting the practical assignments is not strictly mandatory to pass the course: you can receive a final grade for the course without handing in all the assignments. However, not submitting them (on time) will affect your chances of passing the course. Before deciding whether or not to do the assignments, therefore, please carefully consider the following rules concerning the effects of the practical assignments on your final grade:

  1. if you choose not to submit any assignments (on time), your final grade will be equal to your exam grade and no re-examination is allowed;
  2. practical assignments which are not handed in (on time) will be marked with a 0;
  3. if you take the practical assignments seriously, you should easily obtain a sufficient mark. However, experience has shown that students who nonetheless fail their practical assignments, also fail the entire course; therefore, the re-examination conditions below include a constraint on the overall performance on the assignments.

Written test ('Tentamen')

To pass the course, you are required to take the written test. To pass this test, an in-depth understanding of and insight in the subjects treated is required. Details of what is expected of you can be found in the studymanual [pdf]. Examples of previous tests can be found on the assignments page (under self assessment); most exercises in the syllabus are also former exam questions.

Assuming the test can take place on campus:
The test is 'closed-book', i.e. you cannot use the syllabus, slides or any digital sources during the test. However, you are allowed to bring a 'cheat-sheet', under the following conditions. The 'cheat-sheet' is: Note that Pearl's formulas will always be provided with the test (see an example of the formulasheet you will receive with your test).

You are strongly advised to bring a calculator to the test (no mobile phone, tablet/laptop computer etc!).


Re-examination conditions for substitute tests

The practical assignments cannot be re-taken.

You qualify for a second attempt at the written test ('aanvullende toets'), if either of the following conditions is met:

(also see Art. 5.5 - Remediation: additional or substitute tests of the Education and Examination Regulations (OER) of the Graduate School of Natural Sciences)

Note that the re-examinations are in January (see the Academic Calendar).