Deadline: May 17 (Tue) 11:59am noon time

The Q&A-design assignment is to ask each student to design and submit a set of questions AND model-answers/ suggested solutions for a future 2-hr-long final examination of this course. To avoid asking trivial questions which merely test the memorization ability of the exam takers, you should assume the exam to be an open-book/open-notes exam. Your submission will be graded according to its:

  • ORIGINALITY and thoughtfulness of the questions, i.e., non-trivial and be able to highlight and test/promote the most important concepts/ ideas/ techniques which have been taught in our class so far.

  • Correctness of the suggested solutions/ model answers.

  • Comprehensive nature (or the lack of), i.e. your set of questions together, should cover multiple (the more, the better) key concepts/ ideas/ techniques taught in our class so far. In other words, setting 1-2 long essay questions on a couple specific topics to try to take up the entire 2-hr exam period won’t be a good choice.

  • Suitability of the overall set of questions for a time-limited 2-hr exam. In other words, it should be reasonable for a student to complete your proposed set of questions within the time limit.

Since the originality and thoughtfulness of the proposed questions are of key considerations, you MUST NOT copy or merely re-phrase questions found elsewhere (i.e. from similar courses elsewhere or textbooks) and submit them as your own creation. Instead, study our course materials and reference readings/ text, ask yourself which are the most important concepts you have learned from this course and then try to design the related questions for the various key concepts. The goal of your exam-paper should be to promote/ strengthen a student’s understanding of such concept. i.e. viewing your questions as training exercises for the exam taker. To enhance the comprehensive nature of your exam, in other words, be able to cover a large number of important/ key concepts, you may mix different types of questions in your exam design, e.g. i) a section of multiple-choice or True/False questions (For T/F type of questions, you MUST require students to provide not only T/F answer but also a couple of sentences to justify their answers) ; additional sections for ii) Short questions with multiple parts ; and iii) questions for competitive analysis of different approaches on solving relevant problems/ challenges discussed in the course.