I was showing my presentation on a project which I made in java/javafx to this evaluator(i'm a college student). And before I could start explaining the usage he asked me how much time did I spend on this project and I told him i did it in 20 days(which i think is a lot) . He then told me that I need to atleast spend 6 months on a project [reason being that we have 12 months to study a language which was a lie we had 9 months actually ] and asked me to leave. He didn't even let me finish the presentation or saw what I did. So, what i'd like to know is this fair to judge a project like this or the evaluator was being unfair?

  • Who is he? Please clarify.
    – Nobody
    Commented Jun 15, 2018 at 6:02
  • @scaaahu The project evaluator who our college hired to judge the projects.
    – user512499
    Commented Jun 15, 2018 at 6:06
  • Please clarify if he is the professor who teaches the course? The TA who helps the professor? Or someone your college hired temporily as consultant?
    – Nobody
    Commented Jun 15, 2018 at 6:08
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    Well it's a fair question if what he/she saw was poor. I have said pretty much the same thing to students who didn't put in the effort. Basically, you haven't done enough work. Thanks for playing. Commented Jun 15, 2018 at 6:29
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    In the end, it will be difficult to ascertain this from a simple Stackexchange post, but I would consider it extremely problematic if the time spent is actively judged. - A good programmer is a LOT faster than a novice programmer (maybe even a bad one). So you have a programming job/project and finish it quickly due to prior experience: Should it be graded worse because you are faster? - What should be evaluated is the content, not the time taken. Case in point, I remember implementing the enigma encryption in VBA during my maths degree as coursework - someone else wrote their thesis on it.
    – DetlevCM
    Commented Jun 15, 2018 at 6:57

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Charitably, it sounds like you put in about 200 hours of work during a nine-month period. That works out to maybe five to six hours per week. That may not meet the minimum “level of effort” expected for such a project. The evaluator may be well within his rights to terminate the evaluation at that point, particularly if this is a “project course” that amounts to a significant portion of your total credit load for the semester. Is it fair to do so? Probably not. Is it allowed to so? Quite possibly.

  • To the downvoter, I failed to see the wrongness of this answer. Would you care to explain?
    – Nobody
    Commented Jun 16, 2018 at 11:19
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    @scaaahu The voter might just not like the answer. Unfortunately grading is one of those imperfect messy things that will always be ugly and messy.
    – aeismail
    Commented Jun 16, 2018 at 11:24

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