Sunday, 10 October 2010

M362/M363 TMA03 Results and Revision

O.k. so it has been a huge gap since my last post, I have had the joy of holding down two level three courses at the same time as planning a wedding/getting married which is definitely not for the feint of heart.

I received my M362 TMA result within a week of submitting it, however M363 was a little slower only being received last week. The results were 95% for M362 and 85% for M363, which are both strong marks and are probably an accurate reflection of how both course went during the final blocks. M362 was definitely the more enjoyable of the two courses and has really taken my Java knowledge that step further.

I attended a revision day two weeks ago for my exams which are tomorrow (for M362) and Wednesday for M363. The OU managed to put both revision days on at the same time in two completely different locations so I decided to attend the one that I had scored better in the assignments for as I want to acheive that ellusive distinction. It was a bit frustrating to be honest, if you look at the proposed learning path for the B29 degree it almost recommends doing these courses at the same time so bookig the revision days together is a bit of an oversight.

Whilst attending the revision day I managed to talk to my tutor about M450 and hat it entails, I was envisaging trying to complete my degree next year by studying two level 3 courses alongside M450 (working a compressed week of 4 days). My tutor suggested that we don't study ANY course at the same time as M450 as it is likely that your project will suffer, in his experience people found managing a project difficult as it is something completely new to a lot of students.

I was hoping that with M450 being listed as its final presentation I could jump on board before they change it, however its now looking like I'll be picking up whatever replaces it and judging by other blogs and reviews sitting an OU course on its first presentation really isn't the best of ideas.

As it stands I plan to take the databasing course and the artificial intelligence course M366 as I only plan on doing this degree once and why not delve into areas that interest me no matter what the potential difficulties are. I look forward to seeing how it plays out.

If anyone has heard about what will be replacing M450 it would be great if you could post some details. As for now I'm back into revision mode!

Good luck with your exams to any one who is sitting them.


J said...

I've just finished M450 for this year and would agree that it is a lot of work (though it can be done alongside something else depending on how much time you have - I took on a bit much with T307 and M256 alongside!) but quite rewarding as it is the first chance within the degree to get stuck into something 'independent' and directed by you.

M450, and the corresponding 'Technology' project course T455 are being replaced with a merged project TM470 as of 2012, I believe the idea is to choose either a 'computing' or 'technology' stream as appropriate. Makes sense now the Maths/Computing and Technology faculties are one. So I guess it won't necessarily have the same problems as a truly "new" course, not least because there isn't much in the way of course material as such ;-)

Simon Knights said...

Hi Simon,

Good TMA results there - well done! And by now you will have given your best in both exams, so I hope you get the results you deserve.

I had heard that M450 was in its last presentation soon but have no info about its replacement. And regarding your comments about avoiding first presentation if possible, I can only say that the one time I studied a first presentation (M359) it was an 'interesting' experience.

M366 sounds fascinating by the way.

ajerrison said...

I studied M366 in the Jan 2009 presentation. It is a *lot* of work for a 30 point course, so be prepared! I found it very interesting indeed, but hard work. Don't expect a vocational software engineering course like most of the OU 'computing' modules are; it approaches it from a more academic computer science and cognitive science angle, with even a bit of philosophy and behavourial science thrown in! Definitely broadens the mind.