Thursday, 22 April 2010

M362 - TMA01

Wow, definitely one of the most difficult assignments I have completed since I began my degree. This assignment dealt with concurrency issues such as semaphores, locks and latches as well as many other generic concepts. I really found question 4 a tough one to crack, the first three questions I answered on the week leading up to the deadline and unfortunately due to work commitments question 4 was left until the night before. I have to admit it was difficult, I got in from work at 5:30p.m. on 19th April and worked through solidly until 11:00 p.m. at which point I gave up. I was extremely frustrated that I couldn't get my head around these concepts but realised that I could stay up all night and go no further.

I submitted my assignment including an incomplete Question 4 just after 11:00 p.m. and went to sleep feeling annoyed at myself and extremely tired. On the morning of the 20th (deadline day) I awoke at 5:45 a.m. and thought I would take another look at the question with a fresh head. Within 45 minutes I had completed the question from scratch, this time it seemed a lot easier than the night before however this is probably as I was less fatigued and had processed some of the information from the previous night. I submitted my assignment by 7 a.m. feeling a lot happier and headed off to work.

I learned a life lesson from this assignment, expect the unexpected! Just because I coped with the first three questions which covered 80% of the assignment, the last 20 marks were nearly beyond me and all because I left the assignment to the last minute. I have been working longer days this year being away from home for upwards of 12 hours a day. and as such I have not been able to devote the same amount of time as normal to my degree. I may look into compressed weeks to relieve some of the strains as level 3 study really is looking to be a step up from all my other study so far.

1 comment:

cookie73 said...

Hi Simon
I.m studying M362 at the moment too and I can certainly agree that it is a big step up from the level 2 courses.
I currently working my way through TMA2 and i,m finding it tough.
Keep the blogs coming and good luck.