State Final Examination for the Bachelor of Computer Science study program


2022-12-20The detailed requirements for future exams of the current program were updated.
2022-10-10A notification about an alternative exam form for the students of the expiring program was added.
2022-10-10Tentative winter exam dates are February 2, 2023 and February 9, 2023, tentative thesis defenses date is February 7, 2023. Depending on the number of students that register for the term, these dates may change.
2022-09-14Today's exam results were posted at 19:30.
2022-09-06Today's exam results were posted at 17:30.
2022-08-03The fall exam date for the current program is September 14, 2022, for all specializations. The fall exam dates for the expiring program are September 6, 2022 (mathematics) and September 14, 2022 (computer science). Thesis defenses will take place on September 12, 2022.
2022-07-15The detailed requirements for the current program were updated in computer science foundations sections 1 and 2.

Knowledge exam

The exam begins with handing out the test questions, based on the knowledge requirements for individual specializations, to all students. The questions can concern any topic area and can ask for definitions, applications or proofs – the intent of the test is to cover all core topic areas using a spectrum of question types with the aggregate time requirements averaging between two and three hours. Neither the number of questions nor their types are fixed, however, the typical number of questions and the questions from the past exam terms are available below as a rough guideline.

  • Students of the current program, enrolled in 2019 or later, can find a detailed description of the exam topics here. The knowledge exam has one part that includes topics from mathematics shared across specializations, topics from computer science shared across specializations, and topics specific to selected specialization. Typically, the exam consists of 8 questions that can be further structured.
  • Students of the expiring program, enrolled in 2018 or earlier, can find a detailed description of the exam topics here. The knowledge exam has two parts, mathematics and computer science, each part is organized and graded independently. Typically, each part of the exam consists of 9 questions that can be further structured.

The student proceeds by answering the questions in writing. In an average scenario, the exam shedule leaves more than ample time for writing answers, so that speed is not an important factor. On or before the time limit, the written answers are collected and submitted to the examination board, which evaluates the answers separately (with no more interaction with the student). The evaluation uses a point system where points for correct answers are added up – exact point requirements are provided together with the test questions, as a rough guideline earning more than half of all points, and possibly earning a certain minimum number of points, usually around half, from each topic area, is required to pass.

The exam is geared towards general overview – the evaluation focuses on basic understanding of the relevant principles, where an appropriate language (formally accurate definitions and statements, correct terminology, common notation) and an understanding of associations and applications are required. In contrast, knowledge of technical details or complex proofs is deemed secondary, however, the answers must not contradict factual details.

The exam results, which include the graded answers, are sent to the student via electronic mail using the address from the student information system. The student can ask for the evaluation to be reviewed, this must be done within one working day and together with specific reasons for revision. The examination board will collect the required information and process the revision request following an individual schedule.

Writing implements and photo ID are required. No notes, books or other reference material is permitted, neither are pocket calculators, phones, tablets or similar electronic devices. There is no formal dress code, given the length of the exam bringing refreshments is recommended.

For students of the expiring program, the examination board may choose to adopt an alternative exam form of an expert conversation. During expert conversation, the board asks questions of the same type and the same depth as with the standard exam form, but the student is evaluated continuously and interactively. The choosen exam form is announced to the students together with the invitation for a specific exam date and time.

Question examples
 Summer 2022 M (CZ) C S1 (CZ) S2 (CZ) 
 Summer 2021 M CFall 2021 M C
Spring 2020 M CSummer 2020 (CZ) M CFall 2020 (CZ) M C
Spring 2019Summer 2019Fall 2019 M C
Spring 2018 (CZ)Summer 2018Fall 2018
Spring 2017Summer 2017 (CZ)Fall 2017 (CZ)
Spring 2016 (CZ)Summer 2016 (CZ)Fall 2016
Spring 2015 (CZ)Summer 2015 (CZ)Fall 2015 (CZ)
Spring 2014 (CZ)Summer 2014 (CZ)Fall 2014 (CZ)
Spring 2013 (CZ)Summer 2013 (CZ)Fall 2013 (CZ)
Spring 2012 (CZ)Summer 2012 (CZ)Fall 2012 (CZ)

Bachelor thesis defense

In the Bachelor of Computer Science study program, the thesis is defended either with a poster presentation or with a slideshow presentation. Theses advised at the KDSS, KSI, KSVI, KTIML, SISAL and ÚFAL departments typically have a poster presentation. Theses advised at the KAM and IÚUK departments typically have a slideshow presentation. The required presentation format is selected by the defense board and announced together with the defense invitation.

Both presentation formats provide opportunity for comments on the thesis reviews and general discussion. The defense board recommends that the students read the thesis reviews before the defense, the reviews are available in the thesis submission system.

Theses must be submitted and registered for defense within the deadlines set by the academic calendar. The electronic submission process includes technical file format checks per official directive, it may be a good idea to perform these checks early on a draft submission.

Poster presentation

For a poster presentation, the student should prepare a poster and install it in a dedicated area prior to the defense. The defense board discusses the thesis in front of the installed poster.

Poster examples
Jan BabušíkKateřina ČervinkováPatrik DokoupilDrahomír Hanák 
Josef KumstýřMatyáš LamprechtKarel MaděraOndřej Roztočil 
Martin SafkoMartin StudnaPatrícia SchmidtováRoman Sobkuliak 
Tomáš Smolka    

The poster must carry the name of the thesis, the thesis author and the thesis advisor, a link to the thesis repository is also recommended, the rest of the poster design is up to the student - a discussion on poster presentation guidelines is available here. The poster will be placed in a frame 842 mm wide and 1185 mm tall, the visible area is 820 mm wide and 1163 mm tall, the dimensions must be adhered to (the frames can be inspected at school premises). The poster does not have to be printed on a single sheet, tiling multiple sheets is also possible. After the defense, the poster remains displayed at the discretion of the defense board, an electronic version of the poster is stored in an online repository together with the thesis. The electronic version of the poster in a PDF format should be submitted to the board secretary Kateřina Hegrová.

Slideshow presentation

For a slideshow presentation, the student should prepare a slideshow, to be shown during the defense. The defense board discusses the thesis after the slideshow presentation, which constitutes a part of the thesis defense.

The slideshow design is up to the student. Typical time allocated to the presentation is 10 to 15 minutes. The slideshow should be stored in a common electronic format (for example a PDF file) on a common electronic medium (for example a USB stick). An electronic version of the slideshow is stored in an online repository together with the thesis. The electronic version of the slideshow in a PDF format should be submitted to the board secretary Kateřina Hegrová.


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