i think the perl lectures should be moved to the lab sessions. that way, people who already know how to program can choose not to attend and people who don't know how to program can learn while being able to play with code at the same time. the other alternative is to require dr. arkin's class (be142?) or an ability to program in perl as a prerequisite. in any case, i don't think teaching perl syntax during lecture is a great idea and the lectures can be better used to teach probability/stats/bioinformatics.
: point noted, we will take this into consideration next year; it definitely emerged this year that the lab practicals were the right place for teaching Perl.
Please mark the tests next time so we know what we did wrong and how much partial credit we got on a problem (so we could contest something if we got marked off incorrectly). Also the midterm was a little long and the DP problem was calculation intensive since each pairing had a different value. I think if it was just 0 and 1, most people would have gotten that problem correct since they would have made less algebra mistakes.
: this was an unfortunate consequence of my attempt to streamline the marking process, for which I apologize. The marking was done in a spreadsheet and some reformatting is needed before individual results could be distributed. We will try to move this along more efficiently next time.
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