It is clear that many of you are as careful as one can reasonably expect. However, across all groups and submissions it is also clear that the frequency of elementary oversights is higher than it needs to be. And not being careful enough, and not seeing your own elementary errors, is actually one of the most common reasons for not being able to solve a problem in this course.
You are therefore asked to do the following elementary self-check, immediately before submitting anything in this course:
Are we reasonably sure that we have followed the formal instructions, and any other instructions we may have received? Front page etc.
Are we reasonably sure that we have understood and made an attempt to answer all questions and sub-questions - or, if we are unable to do so after seriously trying, and talking to a supervisor, that we have explained that this is the case. (For example, in the reflection, have we clearly addressed all the steps I, II, III in that order? Have we made an attempt to propose a function for the surprise? And so on.)
Are we reasonably sure that our terminology is correct?
Are we reasonably sure that our arguments are logically correct? (If you wish to present an idea or an hypothesis that you are not sure about, you are encouraged to do so by writing “We think it could be good to…” or “We believe that…”. In this way you can say what you like without making logical errors.)
Are we reasonably sure the presentation is easy to follow? (reasonably error-free, figures when appropriate, coherent explanations)
Have we done everything that is easy to do? (Is there any other elementary aspect of the task that we should have addressed?)
Have we checked everything that is easy to check?
Have we been reasonably careful in carrying out this self-check?
Note that we are not asking you to do anything difficult here. On the contrary - we ask you to make sure that no simple things have been ignored or missed! This will serve you well to always do also in your future profession.
If the answer is no to any of the questions above, you did not pass the self-check. It then makes no sense to submit before you have fixed it (don't!). And it is good to reflect over why this happened.
If you feel you need help to fix it, or need a short extension, please contact a supervisor in person as soon as possible, e.g. in the next supervision session (even if it should be after the deadline).
If the answer is yes to all the questions, simply write “Self-check passed!” at the end of your submission.