Written examination

The written examination is Tuesday 13th February, 8:30–12:30, in rooms HB2 and HB3, i.e., not in the exam period! You will not be able to register to the written exam via Studentportalen. The exam is followed by a peer review the same day, 13:30–16:00, in room HB2. This review is compulsory for all students who write the exam!

The re-examinations are organised by the central administration as ordinary exams (non-peer-reviewed):

Note: you have to register for the re-examinations via Studentportalen.


The written examination will be in the middle of the course instead of at the end. The reason is that you will get more time to focus on the project afterwards.

The main written exam will be peer reviewed! This means that the students will review each other’s exams, before we teachers do the final correction. Both the exam and the review will be done anonymously. It works like this:

  1. You come to the examination hall in time and find a place.
  2. You write your exam as usual for 4 hours (8:30–12:30).
  3. Then we collect all theses, and you go for lunch.
  4. After lunch we shuffle them and hand them out to you again, so that everyone will get another student’s exam to review.
  5. We will go through the answers on the blackboard one by one, and you will correct the thesis you have in front of you (13:30–16:00).
  6. We collect all theses again, and you are free to leave.
  7. We will check all your corrections, and hopefully finish within a day or two.

Here are the main rules that you should adhere to:

Note: if you have any special needs, please contact the course responsible well in time.

Note: New for this year is that the written exam is graded (3/4/5 for Chalmers students and G/VG for GU students).

Reading list

Here is a list of concepts you should know, including course book references, and suggestions for exercises.

Note: The lecture slides are published in the schedule.

Note: The exercise numbers and pages below refer to the online course book that is available from Chalmers Library (3rd international edition). Or they refer to the previous written examinations, found below on this page.

Introduction (chapter 1)

You should read this chapter in full, because it’s necessary for the essay. But it won’t be tested in the written examination.

Agents (chapter 2)

Not included: section 2.4

Classical search (chapter 3)

Not included: sections 3.4.6, 3.5.3–3.5.4, 3.6.3–3.6.4

Non-classical search (chapter 4)

Not included: sections 4.1.2–4.1.4, 4.2, 4.3.2–4.3.3, 4.4.3–4.4.4, 4.5

Adversarial search (chapter 5)

Not included: sections 5.2.2, 5.4.3–5.4.4, 5.6–5.8

Constraint satisfaction (chapter 6 or 7)

Depending on the edition of Russell & Norvig, the CSP chapter is either 6 or 7. Apart from the numbering there shouldn’t be any difference. Below I assume it’s chapter 7, because that’s how it’s numbered in the online version.

Not included: sections 7.2.3–7.2.4, 7.3.3, 7.5

Previous students

If you took this course in 2014-2017 (i.e., any of the course codes TIN172, TIN173, TIN174, or DIT410), and only have the written exam left to do, then you can write the exam together with this year’s course.

You can take any of the exams, but if you want to write the exam 13th February, you have to contact the course responsible in advance!

Note: The content might be different from when you took the course, see the reading list above.

Old exams

Here are some older exams from 2014–2017 (all in PDF):