CSC321 Neural Networks and Machine Learning (UTM)

Winter 2020

Exam FAQ


The midterm take place February 26th during the first hour of lecture. No aids will be permitted. Please write with the section that you are registered in. If you cannot do so, let Lisa know by Wednesday, Feb 19th via email.

Make sure to bring a pen or a pencil, and your T-Card so that we can take attendance.


The midterm will cover materials from lectures 1-6, tutorials 2-6, homeworks 1-3, and projects 1-2.

Practice Midterms for CSC321

These are midterms from previous offerings of similar courses. As always, midterm coverages varies from term to term: there might be materials covered in earlier courses that we did not cover, and vice versa.

Practice Midterms for related courses

These are sample problems from a related course taught by the same course coordinator, but that focuses on the implementation of neural networks. Not all questions here are applicable for our course.

The expectations for how much coding you need to know is different in CSC321. For example, you are not expected to answer Study question 3, "Training" Q2. However, "Generalization" Q1 would be fair game since it uses the code to communicate ideas about a neural network architecture. In these coding questions you can assume that the Python syntax is correct.

Midterm Remark Requests

Remark requests are to help detect and fix mistakes during grading. While we want to fix our mistakes, we also discourage frivolous requests that take resources away from helping you learn the materials.

Only submit a remark request if you notice either:

  1. A TA (typographical) mistake, e.g. adding or transcription error unrelated to course content, OR
  2. A discrepancy between the grading of your midterm and the posted solutions, e.g. part mark allocation that differs from the posted solutions.

Do not submit a remark request if you would like to be graded based on a different grading scheme. We are applying the same grading scheme for all students, and cannot change the grading scheme at this point.

If you notice a TA mistake, please describe the exact issue. If your remark request is for mistakes that we can verify without reading your solutions, we won't review your entire midterm.

If you notice a discrepancy between your grading and the posted solutions, the grading for the entire midterm will be reviewed. Your grade **can** potentially decrease if the TA was too lenient!

Remark requests can be submitted on Markus by March 9th, 9pm.