CS 115 By-pass Examination
The University allows currently enrolled students to obtain credit for classes by special examination. Follow this link to see relevant portions of the University regulations. This is under section 188.8.131.52 of the Senate Rules.
Special Examination: Any full-time or part-time student enrolled in the University. and in good academic standing, shall have the right to request a special examination for credit in any course offered in the University System, regardless of whether the student has audited the course, is currently enrolled in it, or has studied for it independently.
1. Application for a special examination must be made in writing. Undergraduates will address requests to the chair of the department in which the course is given, or to the office of the academic unit responsible; graduate students. to the Director of Graduate Studies in the department in which the course is given. Approval of requests from undergraduate students rests with the department chair; from graduate students, with the Dean of the Graduate School acting upon recommendation of the Director of Graduate Studies.
2. The request for special examination may be denied by the department chair or the office of the administrative unit responsible, or the Dean of the Graduate School acting upon the recommendation of the Director of Graduate Studies, if it is decided that the student has not furnished evidence that he/she is reasonably prepared to take the examination. or that the course is of such a nature that credit by examination is inappropriate. (The fact that a student has failed the course within the last semester may be regarded as evidence that the student is unprepared to take a special examination.)
3. The instructor may schedule the examination at his/her convenience. but must offer it within a reasonable time after the student has submitted his/her request. * The phrase "reasonable time" is not meant to convey a precise time period and should be fitted to the particular circumstances. (RC: 2/1/89)
4. The examiner shall inform the Registrar of the student's grade in the course. A student currently enrolled in the class who successfully completes a special examination shall be formally removed from the official roll by the Registrar, unless the student is dissatisfied with the results. in which case he/she may continue in the course and be graded in the usual manner. The instructor then may or may not include the results of the special examination in computing the final grade. (US: 9/20/93)
5. Credit earned by special examination may be counted as residence credit by the dean of the student's college. The limits on maximum loads are waived in cases where the excess is due to special examination credits.
6. The student, with the department or division chair's consent, may take the special examination on
a Pass/Fail basis. including any course not otherwise available under the Pass/Fail option. Credit derived
in this manner shall not reduce the number of courses permitted under the Pass/Fail rules. (See Section V.. 5.1.4)
If you decide to take the grade you earned from the bypass exam, you are automatically dropped from the class if you were enrolled. If you decide NOT to take the grade you got from the bypass exam and elect to continue in the course, the grade on the bypass exam does not affect your final grade in this class in any way.
CS-115 Topics and Material Covered
The current text book used in the class is: How to Think like a Computer Science Interactive Version, at interactivepython.org
Additional information can be found at the current course web site. Specifically, the syllabus is at this link.
The CS-115 Special Examination
There are two parts to the CS 115 Special Examination: a Conceptual Test and a programming component.
The conceptual portion of the material is evaluated using a paper examination This will be language independent. It will either ask for pseudocode or will say "in the language of your choice". You can expect that this will take up to two hours to complete. This exam is CLOSED note, CLOSED book.
The programming component will be similar in difficulty to the last lab test given in the class. You will be given a problem and you will have 50 minutes to implement a solution in a language of your choice. Arrangements will be made in advance to provide access to a compiler or interpreter as needed. The student is expected to use the data and control structures presented in the class.
The Examination Process
The necessary steps are:
This semester the written exam will be given at the following times:
Following the completion of both parts of the examination, the department will send the grade to the Registrar. The components are weighted as: Content/written exam 60%, programming component 40%.
Plan ahead! The process of signing up for the exam can take a few weeks! Don't expect to just 'walk in' and take it. You need to have the paperwork done first (and of course, study!). After you take the exam, don't expect the grade to appear instantly on your transcript. Depending on the time of semester, the Registrar can take as much as a month to process the grade form.
Here are a few frequently asked questions about the 115 bypass. Most are answered elsewhere in this page -