Dr. Patrick Ryan

Exam Instructions

Final Exam for CSI 2212G - W Apr 28 2pm-4pm, Online

The Final Exam is worth 30% of your mark, it will be two hours in duration and will take place online.  It will be closed to notes and the completed exams will be run through Turnitin.

General:  Our online final exam will use two tools:  (1) The OWL testing tool; (2) Zoom.

You will need a stable internet connection, a camera, a microphone, and a way to input essay responses efficiently (e.g. a computer, not a phone; wired connections are usually better than wifi). If you have technical issues during the exam, I will be available through my cell phone and email. Rest assured, we will deal fairly with unforeseen problems, and provide make-up opportunities for technical glitches as necessary.

Student accommodations (extra-time, separate zoom rooms) will be handled systematically (e.g. the exam will be the same but the time frames and breakout rooms may be distinct). If you have accommodations concerns I encourage you to communicate directly with me. 

Zoom: Well before the exam, I will send a Zoom invitation. You will be asked to enter at 1:40 PM on Wednesday April 28 (these credentials will also be held on OWL in the Assignments Tab).  I ask you to arrive early so we can get everything set-up. Upon entering the Zoom you'll be placed in breakout room with a proctor with a manageable number of other students; we require that you turn on your camera and your microphone. If you have questions during the exam, we ask that you raise your hand or use the chat function, and we will create a breakout room where you can ask for clarification. I will be present. If you need to leave the view to use the washroom, we ask that you communicate with the proctor.   

OWL Testing Tool: At 1:50 PM, I will release the exam and you will receive an email with a link that takes you to the exam tool. I believe you'd also be able to access this in OWL directly once it is released. This webpage will generate for each of you a unique exam from well-mapped question pools.  All weeks of the course will be covered, all tests will be at the same level of difficulty, and every student will confront the same three types of questions: short factual questions, long conceptual questions, and case briefs). The exam will allow you to go forward and backwards through the questions. This function will be important when you are choosing which four of the five case options to brief. It will also give you the freedom to go back and change answers. 

Preparation:  You'll have to commit ideas and facts to memory, but the questions will be drawn from a clear domain of possibilities. They will all come from the preparatory exercises, key concepts, and resources presented each week - which are themselves based on the readings and will have been reviewed in the recorded lectures and practiced in our mooting. 

Here is an exam preparation guide.

There will be three types of questions:

A. (20%) Short Factual Responses.  Some of these may be true or false, matching, or fill-in-the-blank, but most are multiple-choice. There will be ten of these, each worth 2%. They will all be draw from the key concepts list in the course schedule.

B. (32%) Long Answers that identify (define) and explain the significance of major concepts, doctrines, statutes, and cases. These questions ask you to define and explain the significance of a key concept listed in the course schedule. Some refer to the cases, statutory provisions, international conventions, or the main ideas outlined in lectures. There will be four long questions; they will each be worth 8%. 

C. (48%) Case Brief responses where you state the 1) legally relevant procedural history and facts, 2) the legal question(s), 3) the holding of the court, and 4) significance of the decision.

Unlike the homework, your exam case brief's must be written in complete sentences without the use of your homework or other sources. Note that some of the categories are merged and one is dropped. There is a relatively low expectation that students will explain the reasoning of the holding (although you are not prohibited from so doing).  Yet, there remains an expectation that you will be able to explain the significance of the decision. This is because the complexity of 'legal reasoning' is much more difficult to reconstruct from memory without notes, but you should be able to name and explain the significance of holding - that is a matter of comprehension.

You will be given five cases (out of the 10 we focused upon) and will be asked to write four case briefs from memory. They will each be worth 12%.  Just to clarify they are the follow:

1. E. v. Eve [1986] SCC
2. Canadian Foundation v. Canada [2004] SCC
3. Van de Perre v. Edwards [2001] SCC
4. Ellis v. Wentzell-Ellis [2010] OCA
5. Langner v. Canada [1994] FCA
6. R. v. Kaija [2007] OCA
7. Multani v. Comm. Scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys [2006] SCC
8. Salah v. Cruickshank and Bowen [1987] NSCC
9. R. v. D.B. [2008] SCC
10. R. v. W.(R.) [1992] SCC