This page introduces the CS361 midterm exam.
The exam will be conducted via the University's Blackboard
system. You will need to log in using your ODU/OCCS login name
and password, not the CS Dept account info that you use elsewhere
in this course.
The pages generated by Blackboard test tool pages will not
have the "Discuss This Page" feature found on most of the course
website. If you have questions about this assessment, return to
this page and ask them here. Be sure to indicate specifically
which question you want to discuss. Also keep in mind that
questions about assessments should almost always be Private.
- When taking assessments, you can move forward or backward
one question at a time using the controls and buttons provided
within the page.
It is important that you use these controls and
not your web browser's forwards/backwards
- Use the "Save" button near the top of each question after
you have entered or changed your answer. Otherwise, when you
move from question to question, your work will be lost.
(Actually, Blackboard's behavior is inconsistent. it will
automatically save answers to true/false and multiple choice
questions when you leave their page, but will not automatically
save essay and fill-in-the-blank answers. So, just get in the
habit of using the Save button to be safe.)
- Use the "submit" button only when you are finished, to turn
in your assignment for grading.
- In the event that your browser should crash, your network
connection gets lost, etc., you should never lose more than the
answer you were working on at the time.
For long essay-style questions, you might want to consider
preparing your answer in your favorite text editor, and cutting
and pasting it into the exam form. That way, a crash won't cost
you a great deal of time spent on that question.
- In essay questions where you are writing code, it is a good
idea to use the "Formatted" paragraph style as it preserves
your line breaks and indentation. Otherwise, all of your code
will get run together into a sngle paragraph.
Unfortunately, there is bug in BlackBoard's exam tool that
causes it to lose this formatting if you revisit the question
before your final submit. Don't panic if this happens. I can
generally recover the formattign i nthe instructor's interface
when I am grading and, if not, it's my problem to deal with
then, not yours.
True/False, multiple-choice and multiple-answer questions are
graded immediately and automatically.
If the assessment contains any essay and fill-in-the-blank
questions, these will be graded by the instructor.
For fill-in-the-blank questions, Blackboard may assign a
preliminary grade, but that is based on a very inflexible
character-by-character exact match to my answer key. If the
question listing still says "Needs Grading", please do not send
me panicky messages about how your answer is really correct and
will you be able to get full credit.
Academic Honesty Policy
In this course:
Refer to the syllabus and to the ODU student handbook for
further information on penalties applicable to violations of the
academic honesty code.
- Revealing the entire or partial contents of or answers to a
quiz or exam to other students is considered to be a violation.
This is true even for students in other course sections and
even during later semesters.
- Accepting or obtaining such information from others is also
- Printing or otherwise retaining a copy of a quiz or exam,
even for your own personal use, is a violation.
Ready to Take the Exam?
Enter the BlackBoard portal