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From: Mingbo Z.
Date: Thu 11th Jun 2020, 6:39pm
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Hi Chris,

Do we need memorize any concepts about Unix for final exam? Or we just need to 
understand those concepts? 

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From: Christopher M.
Date: Fri 12th Jun 2020, 4:07am
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"Mingbo Zhang" <22*9*0*[email protected]*u*e*t*u*a*e*u*a*> wrote:


> Do we need memorize any concepts about Unix for final exam? Or we just need to 
> understand those concepts?

Hi Mingbo,

I'm unsure what distinction you're making between 'memorize' and 'understand'.

Certainly there are no questions in the exam that can be answered by rote learning the 
material.  All of the questions ask you to describe the role, purpose, design, or use of 
some aspects of open-source systems and software (the best examples of which are 
Unix/Linux), so will need to understand those areas.  You can best support your own answers 
by presenting factual examples that you have seen/studied throughout the unit.

If this doesn't answer your question, can you re-word your question?

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From: Jichunyang L.
Date: Fri 12th Jun 2020, 9:40am
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"Christopher McDonald" <ch*i*.*c*o*a*[email protected]*a*e*u*a*> wrote:

> "Mingbo Zhang" <22*9*0*[email protected]*u*e*t*u*a*e*u*a*> wrote:
> 
> 
> > Do we need memorize any concepts about Unix for final exam? Or we just need to 
> > understand those concepts?
> 
> Hi Mingbo,
> 
> I'm unsure what distinction you're making between 'memorize' and 'understand'.
> 
> Certainly there are no questions in the exam that can be answered by rote learning the 
> material.  All of the questions ask you to describe the role, purpose, design, or use of 
> some aspects of open-source systems and software (the best examples of which are 
> Unix/Linux), so will need to understand those areas.  You can best support your own answers 
> by presenting factual examples that you have seen/studied throughout the unit.
> 
> If this doesn't answer your question, can you re-word your question?
Hi Chris,
  For most final exam questions (1, 2 and 4) in 2018, there is no specific correct solution for 
them. Therefore, for the final exam, we just need to use appropriates examples and describe our 
opinion clearly, we can get a good mark. is it correct?
  Besides, most questions are essay questions, could we need to write a short essay including a 
brief introduction, body with opinions and examples, and a conclusion?
  Finally, a long essay could make markers bored and tired, therefore, for each question, is 250 
to 300 words suitable? Thanks.

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From: Mingbo Z.  O.P.
Date: Fri 12th Jun 2020, 10:28am
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"Christopher McDonald" <ch*i*.*c*o*a*[email protected]*a*e*u*a*> wrote:

> "Mingbo Zhang" <22*9*0*[email protected]*u*e*t*u*a*e*u*a*> wrote:
> 
> 
> > Do we need memorize any concepts about Unix for final exam? Or we just need to 
> > understand those concepts?
> 
> Hi Mingbo,
> 
> I'm unsure what distinction you're making between 'memorize' and 'understand'.
> 
> Certainly there are no questions in the exam that can be answered by rote learning the 
> material.  All of the questions ask you to describe the role, purpose, design, or use of 
> some aspects of open-source systems and software (the best examples of which are 
> Unix/Linux), so will need to understand those areas.  You can best support your own answers 
> by presenting factual examples that you have seen/studied throughout the unit.
> 
> If this doesn't answer your question, can you re-word your question?

Your reply helps. Thank you!

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From: Christopher M.
Date: Fri 12th Jun 2020, 12:57pm
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"Jichunyang Li" <22*7*0*[email protected]*u*e*t*u*a*e*u*a*> wrote:

> Hi Chris,
>   For most final exam questions (1, 2 and 4) in 2018, there is no specific correct solution for 
> them. Therefore, for the final exam, we just need to use appropriates examples and describe our 
> opinion clearly, we can get a good mark. is it correct?

Yes, though your answer also needs to be based on some facts (i.e. not just opinions if they're not true).

>   Besides, most questions are essay questions, could we need to write a short essay including a 
> brief introduction, body with opinions and examples, and a conclusion?

Your answer should be structured, to the extent that you're presenting a logical argument that is easy to 
follow.  It doesn't have to be an excellent piece of writing (with all the structure that you mentioned), but 
s single sentence introduction and conclusion 'wrapped' around your discussion is OK.


>   Finally, a long essay could make markers bored and tired, therefore, for each question, is 250 
> to 300 words suitable? Thanks.

Nice of you to think of us poor markers!
That word range is probably a good guide, but I didn't wish to set one as, if a correct answer can be 
provided in less space, there's no point writing to achieve some arbitrary limit.

Hope this helps,
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