Automated Marking in Undergraduate Programming Classes

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Growing undergraduate class sizes has led to exploring different approaches to marking individual programming assignments. One of these approaches is automated marking. This paper details how automated marking was successfully utilised in multiple undergraduate classes, with a programming element, at the University of Strathclyde. We made use of two automated systems, CodeRunner, and one similar in-house system, Browser Automated Marking (BAMjs), developed by a former teaching associate Philip Rodgers. These were used across years 1-3 and assessed the Java, Python and C programming languages. We provide some example questions, discuss how its use has affected student performance, as well as student feedback on the approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCEP '24: Proceedings of the 8th Conference on Computing Education Practice
Place of PublicationNew York, NY.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9798400709326
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2024


  • automated marking
  • CodeRunner
  • programming


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