Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Year 4 Study decision time

The time has come to decide what to study next year and the choices are as follows.

• M362 Developing concurrent distributed systems

• M363 Software engineering with objects

• M364 Fundamentals of interaction design

• M359 Relational databases theory and practice

I know some people have studied these courses and I am hoping somebody out there can give me a bit of insight into their experiences or if they would recommend any in particular.

M366 natural and artificial intelligence was on the cards but Reading blogs and peoples feedback I decided against it.

My current view is M362 and M363 or M364, I'm not sure about M363 as it seems like another theory vased course like M256 and I'd like to get back into practical computing.

I'm looking forward to reading peoples thoughts. All opninions welcome!

- Posted from my iPhone

Friday, 11 September 2009

M253 Milestone 2 Results, M256 TM04 Submitted

Results are in and I scored a better 70%. I'm quite happy with this result and as explained in my previous post I was conscious that I wouldn't be hitting the high marks as my contributions haven't been as full on as other team members. Still I am happy with this and I think our whole team are confident about Milestone 3. Role on!

I submitted TMA04 for M256 which consisted of a theory based question a coding based question and a final question which required us to answer multiple choice questions on the entire course material to aid with revision. The TMA was o.k. and hopefully I can get above 85%. I have also been invited to a pub quiz for M256 today via the OU Elluminate forums, I think it may well be a great method of revision and I am quite looking forward to it.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

M256 TMA03 Results and M253 Milestone 2

I received my results for TMA03 Today and scored 91% which I am pleased with as it brings my average to 86.6% after the three assignments. There was a delay in getting this grade back due to my tutor not being particularly well over recent months. I have to submit TMA04 on Thursday then sit the exam at the end of October so this course has really flown bye.

M253 is keeping me busy though, we had the deadline of Milestone 2 last week and all got submitted on time. Our team seems to be working well, I have definitely taken a bit of a back seat during the last Milestone as some team members are taking an unofficial leadership position but this actually suits me with my current work commitments and I appreciate the time they are putting in.

I will say that this course isn't appearing to be as bad as I thought it would be, probably because everyone on our team is contributing equally and we are getting on with it, however I can see how it could be a nightmare if your team had people that didn't even show there faces. My word of advice to any would be candidates is that if you do enrol on this course, get involved and stick to a schedule, if you meet deadlines it makes things nice and easy and if jobs are shared out amongst the team everyone has more than enough to write about during their self reflection work and Milestone reports. Also be open to peoples opinions and share your own, any conflicts of opinion can be discussed and if a compromise cannot be reach within your group you can always approach your tutor for some advice.

We have just started work on Milestone 3 and as long as things stay the way they are I think I will make it through this course alive and without any of the wounds I read about in the course reviews over at the OU Website. I'll let you know when the results of Milestone 2 are in.