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3:20pm on Thursday, 15th January, 2009:

Examination Panic


Tomorrow is the deadline for lecturers in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at the University of Essex to hand in the examination papers that their students will be sitting in June.

Yes, we have to hand them in 5 months in advance, such is the process of getting them approved, sent to the external examiners, and changed in the light of the searing criticism they receive. This means we actually have to know what we're teaching in the next few
months, of course, which is a bit of a pain, but it's a pain we have to endure.

I spent all of last week and most of this week working on my questions. EE224, which only has 4 students on it, takes up most of the time: I have to prepare a 7-page handout that they get in advance of the examination, so I can ask them questions about company management and process and deadlines and all the unfun stuff I have to teach in that damnable module. I spend more time writing the questions than all the students do answering them do, put together.

Anyway, I finished a whole day early and was able to hand in my question papers at 2pm this afternoon. All those emails I've been putting off replying to for 2 weeks are now on my radar again, and I can go and look at the last bug that's been holding up completion of my Metaplace game for a month. The relief is tangible: finally, I'm free!

Still, as I always say when it comes to exams, I'd rather be on this side of the process than the other one...

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