See Dean's office if you have an recognized excuse for missing the exam. Also, do not discuss the contents of the exam with others while the matter is being sorted out.
In the event that any of the tasks outlined below end up being cancelled (due to nuclear war or whatever), the value of the final exam will expand to cover the cancelled tasks.
You are expected to put in 3 hours of practice on the course material per week through out the semester. The first weekly period ends Sunday 22 Jan 2017. A progress report and sample work will be handed in each week using BitBucket which is part of the Atlassian software that the class uses to manage git repositories. In the event that BitBucket becomes unavailable, it may be necessary to print off the reports and hand them in to a locker for the class (hopefully this won't happen, but computers are often unreliable).
A list of approved practice tasks will be provided for the class (and will be added to as the semester progresses). Installing software, reading manuals and the textbook, doing tutorials you found on the web do NOT count as practice. Often practice will require looking stuff up on the web or in the textbook, but if you end up spending more than 15 minutes reading stuff and not typing on the practice task, then you are no longer practicing and the reading time wouldn't be included in the practice time.
You are allowed to ask questions about the practice work and, indeed, one of the roles of the Atlassian software is to provide a forum for discussing issues arising from attempting the practice tasks. Time spent in such discussions does not count as practice time.
If you wait til the last day or two of a practice week to start your practice, then it should not surprise you that if you run into difficulty, you will have greater than expected difficulty in getting help. So start your practice early in the week to give yourself time to handle anything unexpected that arises.
Also, if you complete all the approved practice tasks (or it doesn't look like there will be enough of them to give you practice for another week), then you are required to let the professor know so that more tasks can be provided. Your practice mark is not about how many tasks you accomplish, it is about you learning to work and report progress on a regular basis toward the goal of expanding your understanding of the course material.
If you do more than three hours in a week, only three hours will count and the rest ignored (so you will still be expected to do three hours a week for each of the remaining weeks).
The weeks of practice for this course end on the following Sundays: 22 Jan 2017, 29 Jan 2017, 5 Feb 2017, 12 Feb 2017, 26 Feb 2017, 5 Mar 2017, 12 Mar 2017, 19 Mar 2017, 26 Mar 2017, and 2 Apr 2017. This means that the 65 percent of your mark due to practice is further decomposed into 10 parts, each worth 6.5 percent of your mark.
If you can't make one of the deadlines and you think you have a reasonable excuse for not having been able to put in three hours across an entire week (bad time management is not a reasonable excuse), contact the professor as soon as you know there is a problem and we will see how to proceed from there. If the excuse is accepted the various options that would be considered would be shifting the due date by one day; adding an extra week of practice to the end of the semester; or increasing the percentage of the course grade that the final exam counts for. Note that you don't have to wait til Sunday to hand in your material, but you can't hand in your material in advance of the week as you are not supposed to be practicing more than 3 hours a week. Nor can you hand in extra work one week to cover work skipped in an earlier week.