Dr. Patrick Ryan

Exam Instructions - CSI 2210f/g

Final Exam for CSI 2210f/g
Thursday April 25 - 7-10pm - W168/170

The Final Exam is worth 40% of your mark and will consist of two parts: 

(1) One essay (30% of the Exam)

(2) 15 Direct Questions (70% of the exam):      
        a) 10 short-responses worth 2% each (20% of the exam)
        b) 5 paragraph-length answers worth 10% each (50% of the exam)

Studying for the Direct Questions:  These factual questions are a significant element of the test.  They have been written from material delivered in lectures (see Lecture Resources) and the readings during the entire year.  Some of them will be taken from the weekly discussion preparation questions. 

You will be permitted to prepare and have available to you one 6x8 inch "Index Card".  You cannot (of course) share this card with another student during the test.  But, there is no reason students should not collaborate in the preparation of their cards.  The card may be prepared on both sides with printed or hand written notes.

One of the module questions (below) will appear on your exam sheet.  Because a large portion of the exam consists of one essay, and because you have had access to these questions since the first day of class, it is assumed that you will prepare and deliver an extensive and well-developed response.  You must fully explain and justify your position with specific evidence drawn from the readings, the lectures, or other identified sources. 

Any one of the following three essay questions may appear on your exam.

1) What kind of citizenship or rights should children possess?
Fully explain your answer by drawing on the readings and the concepts provided in lectures.  You must address some of the following policy and legal areas:  voting, age-restrictions on public and private behaviour, the 'best-interest' doctrine, legal rights, international declarations, and other policies structuring labour, health, education, welfare, and political participation

2) Should the labour of children be regulated as one part of the labour justice problem, allowing for local variations through a dialogue between children, youths, and adults? -OR- Should it be abolished globally through international standardization, as a practice antithetical to childhood?

 Fully explain your answer by drawing on the readings and the concepts provided in lectures.

3) In general, do you support the standardization of schooling (compulsory attendance, age-grading, provincial testing and curriculum, large institutional settings)? 
Fully explain your answer by drawing on the readings and the concepts provided in lectures.  You should also identify and explain why you support or oppose particular policies or programs of the standardized educational project. 

Essay Evaluation Criteria:

Your essays will be judged by your ability to craft a clear thesis, to pursue and develop this thesis with thoughtful care, to present specific evidence and interpret it fully in light of your thesis, and to avoid compositional errors.  These five elements of an essay are summarized in the chart below. 



Handling the Question


Meaning & Analysis

Errors of fact or grammar

Grade A

insightful and penetrating

nuanced and delicate

fulsome & convincing throughout

brilliant, creative, or ingenious

free of errors; gracefully written

Grade B

clear and concise, well developed

complete command of the issue or assignment

relevant throughout

excellent logical flow, completely persuasive 

crisply written

Grade C

clear and complete 

basic understanding of the issue or assignment

all major points supported

only minor weaknesses in logical flow or interpretation

clearly written with no major blunders

Grade D & F

not entirely comprehensible, or failing to deal with issue

lacks basic understanding of the issue or assignment

lacks evidence for major parts of the thesis

major misinterpretations, shallow or illogical claims

blunders or incoherence