State Final Examination for the Bachelor of Computer Science study program

Information concerning exam format during the pandemy

In summer 2020, the exam format will be adjusted to limit the potential spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus between the attendees. The information contained here was last updated on May 29, 2020 and can change depending on situation. Please address your questions or comments to the exam board chairman.

The knowledge exam format will mostly remain as described below, with these changes:

  • Online instruction will be provided to registered students before the exam date (instructions via mail and online conference for questions).
  • Students will take the exam in multiple rooms with slightly shifted start times (send a mail if you prefer certain start times).
  • Depending on the coordination between board members, the results may be announced the day after the exam.

Online thesis defense format is strongly preferred, mostly similar to the slideshow presentation described below:

  • The exam schedule will impose strict presentation timing limits.
  • Send a mail if you require thesis defense in person.

An implicit requirement for participation in person is lack of disease symptoms. If you register for the exam and then fail to attend for reasons related to the pandemy, the term will not count towards the total number of terms attempted.

Following is the standard information that also applies outside the pandemy.

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 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.

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
Adrián Lachata Daniel Douša Dominik Táborský Jakub Šťasta Jakub Zíka
Jan Čermák Jan Pacovský Natália Tyrpáková Ondřej Kupka Petr Fejfar
Robert Husák Tomáš Šváb Vojtěch Šípek David Honzátko Dmytro Holubyev
Jakub Náplava Jan Hrach Jan Klůj Jan Milota Jan Novák
Lukáš Jelínek Lukáš Machalík Marek Beňovič Marek Lisý Marek Polák
Michal Mojzík Michal Rosa Ondřej Cífka Ondřej Švec Oskar Maxa
Pavel Kalvoda Petr Bělohlávek Petr Martišek Šimon Rozsíval Jan Horák
Jan Horešovský Marek Židek Martin Wirth Radek Zikmund Václav Čamra

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 Košnářová.

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 Košnářová.

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 ranging between two and three hours. Neither the number of questions nor their types are fixed, however, all questions from the past exam terms are available below as a rough guideline. A detailed description of the exam topics for individual specializations is available here.

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 earning a certain minimum number of points 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.

Question examples
Spring 2020 M C Summer 2020 (CZ) M I Fall 2020 (CZ) M I
Spring 2019 Summer 2019 Fall 2019 M C
Spring 2018 (CZ) Summer 2018 Fall 2018
Spring 2017 Summer 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)