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Hoping there is lots of algorithm/pseudocode questions as opposed to theory.
 

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No idea. First question will probably be social/ethical stuff, or licensing and copyright. There'll be a few algorithm questions I'd say, and some system modelling ones.
 

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3-4 maybe. Who knows.
I did one paper where there was a huuugeee algorithm with lots and lots of subprograms and it spanned over 25 marks.
If you were good at Algorithms....u were fine...shit at em and u were fucked
 

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Probably do something on emerging technology, cloud computing and the steps taken to prevent plagiarism etc.
I hope they put more real world algorithms, like one where you described how to fill up your car with petrol , i actually enjoyed doing that.
WIll make you draw a modelling tool, probs something like structure chart and link it with an algorithm as last year was a DFD.
They dont seem to test Fetch Execute cycle so my guess it will be this year.
 

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they're heaps generous with algorithm marks. if you really cant do any just get the structuring and all that basic shit right and you'll get an easy 3/6 if your algorithm at least somewhat useful and logical
 

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They're gonna pick on some hardware questions - address bus, data bus, clock speed, fetch-execute cycle.
Compilation, interpretation and the translation process.
Debugging tools/methods
CASE and COTS
and of course, algorithms (your sorts, binary search, string functions).

That's what I think they're going to pick on.

Best of luck to everyone!
 

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They're gonna pick on some hardware questions - address bus, data bus, clock speed, fetch-execute cycle.
Compilation, interpretation and the translation process.
Debugging tools/methods
CASE and COTS
Actually.....Yes......u are most probably right.
They never seem to test the Hardware and haven't seen many lexical or syntactical analysis questions come up.
Debugging, checking and errors probably.

they're heaps generous with algorithm marks. if you really cant do any just get the structuring and all that basic shit right and you'll get an easy 3/6 if your algorithm at least somewhat useful and logical
In a sense that is good.
If you are good at algorithms and your answer is better than 'vaguely' right which would normally get u 3/6, u can then get 5/6, even 6/6 even if its a tiny bit wrong.

I'm so shit at algorithms. anyone have any tips for me to improve in a few days?
Any tips you say.....i mean , you are competition, so i probably shouldn't help....but ahh wtf.
Think like how a computer would think. Think about how each step has to be completed before the next. The indentation is a key factor in determining whats going on, it tells you which process is doing what within what.
"for" loops are to count and do the process then complete and move to the next one.
U don't need to say increment by # as the 'NEXT N' does it for you.
Remember there are always more than 1 way to answer an algorithmic question...most of the time. As long as its logically and syntactically correct. As long as it answers the question u will get marks.
Sometimes you have to assume that algorithm takes care of it self. For example.

Write an algorithm to turn on the light:
BEGIN
IF light = off THEN
Flick switch
END IF
END

OPPOSE TO!

BEGIN
WHILE electricity is running
IF light = off THEN
Walk over AND flick switch
ELSE
IF Light = ON THEN
Do not touch switch
END IF
END IF
END WHILE
END

Remembering if your always coutning start you first lines with
N = 1
(Whatever they are asking) = (where they want you to start counting)

With while and repeat

WHILE Action
do
ENDWHILE

REPEAT
do
UNTIL action

Bout all i can think of
Good luck!
 
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lol thanks. I even create algorthims in real life.
for e.g
if i need to buy a bottle of milk
BEGIN
Go to shops
IF Milk = 0 THEN
go to next shop
ELSE
Ring mum and tell her
END IF
END.
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The course specification....wat u mean?
I know all of its in there?
 

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lol thanks. I even create algorthims in real life.
for e.g
if i need to buy a bottle of milk
BEGIN
Go to shops
IF Milk = 0 THEN
go to next shop
ELSE
Ring mum and tell her
END IF
END.
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The course specification....wat u mean?
I know all of its in there?
That is a really bad example. I don't know what you're trying to do with these "real life scenarios" and aspie ideology.
And yes, everything you need to know about algorithms and pseudocode is in the SDD course specifications.

Just know your pre/post-test and counted loops, conditional statements, logical operators, flags, (multi-dimensional) arrays, (array of) records and you should be set.
 

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hahahaa!! i suppose it was a bad example.
Conditional statements?
Logical operators? Is that like < / >
Or is that something else
 

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Im ranked 4/6.
I was getting 30% at start of year, now getting 65% ish.
That was at around trial.
Ive done alot more work since then so hopefully can crack that 80%.

oh and btw, i know what the condition and operational things are...just didnt know what they were called.
cheers for the clarification.
 

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The exams are written around April, so any "emerging technologies", would have to have been around then to be specifically referenced in a question. Not saying that you cant use them as exmaples etc.
 

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