Sunday, 11 May 2008

Results for MU120 TMA03, M263 TMA03 and how much I hate proof

I got these results a few weeks ago, MU120 came in at 92%, which was a bit unexpected to be honest as my work rate on the units for this TMA was very low. If I had studied harder it probably wouldn't have taken so long to complete though!

M263 came in at 78% which is my lowest grade so far, however this course is getting TOUGH!! I really am having THE toughest time getting my head around proof. I checked in to the forums on FirstClass the other day and fortunately I don't appear to be the only person finding it hard. On looking at previous exam papers it has barely featured, and where it has you can choose an alternate question so I am not stressing too much..... well enough to spend £5 on passed papers!

(There was a tutorial yesterday to go over proof and recursion, however I was unable to attend, but to be honest I haven't found tutorials that great, we basically sit there and go through examples, and if you don't grasp the concept in the first place it isn't much help!)

I really don't want to throw this course away on the exam, I am determined to get a reasonable score, although I'm not sure if I have done enough assignment wise to get a distinction?? can anyone enlighten me??

On a separate note, my employers have been asking how much they need to budget for 2008/2009 studies and this has got me into the mindset of picking next years courses. I definitely don't plan on studying 90 credits in a year again! But I do find it exciting deciding what to study next. I think it will end up being Java Courses M256 and M257 but the interesting stuff seems to be at level 3 with courses such as Artificial Intelligence really catching my eye.

I'd be interested to hear what others have planned for next year?? For now though I am back to the books..... finish off these Java Classes on M255, which I will say over and over again is the most interesting and enjoyable course I have studied so far!


Ian M. said...

Hi Simon,

I too found proof a real pain and still to this day I can't get my head around it. With regards to the exam you are allowed to take the handbook (that you might have annotated) in with you. I got hold of several Tipp-Ex "PocketMouse" and blanked out a number of sections that were not needed, to give me extra space for making notes on areas I was not so confident in.
As for next year I will be doing the AI course.

Simon said...

Ian, tried to reply personally but your blogger profile isn't public.

Thanks very much for the comment though, someone else suggested something similar in a previous coment regarding blocking out pages, and I think it is a very smart idea!

Simon Knights is also looking into studying AI and may be worth getting in touch with if you need more info about the course as he has definitely done some good research into it.