Hi, I have had TMA 3 back and I am fairly pleased to say that I scored 63, usually I would be mortified by this score but the amount of trouble I had with the programming aspect of the TMA was enough to drive me to drink!
Blocks 1 and 2 were ok and I could understand what was going on, but as soon as I hit block 3, the skill level went from 10 to 100 and it just left me standing, I was not the only one who had major issues with TMA 3 there were so many other students that were in the same boat as me.
I had to amend the code for a guest book and it had to be responsive, in other words the content had to resize and reposition its self when ever the screen size changed. Another thing we had to do is to get it to save data to the local storage section that is in the web browser, this is not usually good practice as this storage area can be looked at by the user or anyone that is using the computer. This is a temporary measure and that the local storage should be cleared and the data to be sent to the web server. I managed to get the storage key to stay in but it would not add the value of the data, this was really giving me a headache and it did not matter how my tutor or any of the moderators in the forums explained it I just could not understand it.
In the end I just lost the will to live and just handed in what i've done. I did all the other work i.e the reports etc otherwise I would have failed this TMA.
Ive had TMA 02 returned and I am ecstatic to say that I scored 96, I am really enjoying this module, I'm not saying that I understand everything that I have read but if its really important then I'm sure I will come across it again! (thats how I look at it).
The thing I like about networking over programming is that with networking there is really only one way to do something so you learn that and thats that, whereas with programming there is loads of ways to accomplish a task and of course there is still a right way amongst the hard core programmers as well as developing good practices.
To be fair I have been finding the TMA's on this course really easy and I have been completing them in a few hours. I have been enjoying the Packet Tracer activities and they have been giving me some great insight into how networks work and what goes into setting them up and configuring them.
I have to attend a day school on April 6th, I'm worried about it because I have to work in groups and I can be a bit shy, we also have to complete the CCNA2 final exam but this time you are not allowed to look at your notes and it is done in exam conditions, this day school as well as the final exam will be part of the EMA.
I have looked at the EMA and it looks ok, not too scary.
I received my TMA back today and I am pleased to say that I scored 82%. As with most of my TMA's I am surprised that I got a high mark I didn't think my report was that great and to be fair it was my report that dropped the most marks. I am one of these people who constantly doubt my own abilities and then when I do well I'm surprised.
I don't think I will ever stop criticising my self I guess it's just how I am made!
I have started Block 3 now, I've just finished part 1 which was talking about mobile devices and their limitations in terms of mobile applications. I will start part 2 tomorrow evening
I have not added to this blog for a while and I thought its high time I did. as you know I had my TMA from TM257 back and scored 99%, I ended up completing the Introduction to Networking and passed that with merit!
I started Routing and Switching and to be honest it has been interesting and not boring as I predicted it would be. I needed to finish chapters 1 - 4 so I could answer question 1 on TMA2 it was just to calculate my average score for the chapter exams, that was the last question I had to do as I finished the rest of the TMA a while ago.
I have now submitted my TMA nearly 2 weeks early which will give me time to concentrate on TT284, I am a bit behind with that now as I've been concentrating on TM257, but should not take me long to catch up, I will also need to start the TMA number 3 as that needs to be handed in on the 14th March. I find TT284 harder than Cisco Networking, I really don't know why I have to do this course as art of my networking degree. I don't want to become a developer my brain does not really think that way. So I need to spend more time on the TMA's for TT284 as they are harder and involve a lot of coding, or to be honest just amending code the OU have written and I need to make it work.
I am still waiting for the result of TMA 2 for TT284, I hope I have done OK I was not impressed by my report to be fair, report writing is not my forte. I will of course let you know my score good or bad.
On a personal note, my partner, our friend and I have booked tickets to go to New York in July 2019, I can't wait and I'm really looking forward to it. it would have been the first time I have been out of the country in over 20 years! so I'm a bit apprehensive but excited at the same time.
I got my TMA returned before Christmas and I was so happy, I got 99% just one mark away from 100%, I made a silly mistake on question 1 where I had to calculate my average score for the first 6 chapter exams, I did the calculations correctly but for some reason I put down the wrong answer. Nevertheless I am still happy with the score I recieved it is the highest grade I have ever had.
I am still enjoying TM257 and I was talking with my partner the other day and I said that these two modules I am doing I have not had any "boring" bits I have enjoyed all of it so far. I still find it challenging but I guess thats a good thing as it means it pushes me to do well and if I do not grasp the concept because of they way the material is written then I alway consult Google, and I do a little research of my own to try and fully understand the subject.
I will be going to the compulsary day school I think its about April this is where we can play with actual brand new Cisco equipment and set up scenarios I am looking forward to it but also a bit nervious as there is a test at the end. The other issue is that the closest day school to me is Wales which is about an 1 hour 40 minutes away.
I completed and submitted my EMA for TM129 on Saturday evening. I'm not overly confident that I have done well, the EMA was a bit laborious and rather tedious, I think I should have passed as long as I get 40% then that is a pass. Of course, I would like to get a higher score.
With this EMA, for me, it didn't seem to test us on the knowledge we should have learned over the last nine months. instead, the questions were along the lines of, having to read an article and then for us to write a short document about the article along with other references. Also, the only real element that was testing us was with the Section 2 question for Question B (the networking question) where we have to set up 12 subnets and were given the address 192.168.60.0 this was really the only part where I had to think about it and find out how to set up 12 subnets.
Again I am not very hopeful with this EMA as long as I pass that would be a job well done.
I will be starting stage 2 in October, I have been looking at the modules and they look rather interesting, I am a bit worried about the module TM254 - Managing IT: the why, the what and the how. The only reason why I'm worried about this is that there is an actual examination at the end of it. I don't do well in exams and that word just terrifies me, at least with an EMA if you can't understand the question or you don't really know the answer you can always look for help and guidance online with fellow students of indeed Google. Anyway, I was worried about MU123 before I started it, and I've completed that so I guess I have to start telling my self that if I can do that, I can do anything and that I should just take it in my stride.
I'm going to have a few months off now and enjoy the summer in between going to work!
Have a good summer! 🙂
I have finished my EMA and submitted it, studying MU123 has been somewhat bittersweet for me, there have been lots of aspects that I have not understood whatsoever, and others that I found easy. I'm glad that I have finished the course and I'm quietly confident that I have passed.
This module was 30 credits, I would have thought it should have been 60 credits. I spent more time with MU123 than I did with my other module TM129. MU123 had 4 TMA's and 4 iCMA's plus the EMA it was a lot of work to do especially in conjunction with TM129 which only had 3 TMA's plus the EMA (Which I am still doing now, I need to submit it on Tuesday 5th June) also I work long hours as well so for the last nine months I have been going to work, coming home and then going up to my study and that where I have been until I went to bed.
I know this may sound like I'm bitching, but I just want to make it known for anyone who is wanting to do this degree, do so only if you really think you have enough spare time. I was thinking, when stage 2 starts I was going to start the first module in October and then start the other module in February, at least then it would be staggered. The more I thought about this, the more I'm thinking this is not a wise choice, at least with studying two modules at the same time, I will finish the end of may or beginning of June thus having the summer off to enjoy myself. With staggering the modules I will not have any time off studying.
Stage 2 is a big jump up from stage 1 and I think I will need to prepare myself, I need to study four modules altogether and one of which has an examination at the end instead of an End of Module Assignment. Historically I have not done well in exams and I am starting to hyperventilate just thinking about it.
On a lighter note, I am going to finish the EMA for TM129 today with any luck and then submit that and tomorrow my partner, Richard our friend Nathan and myself are either going to the botanical gardens in Bristol or we are going to for a cycle ride to Bath, weather permitting.
Have a good weekend!
I woke up to find that my TMA has been marked, I'm pleased to say that I scored 88%, I lost one mark on the ePortfolio activities because I did not reflect enough on the soft skills I have demonstrated, but apart from a few silly errors, I am very pleased with it.
I have started my EMA now, so I will spend the weekend doing that. and hopefully, if all goes well I should finish it by next week sometime. I will then submit it along with my EMA for MU123 and that is it for the summer.
I haven't posted much on here recently as I've had nothing that interesting to say (not saying that I say any interesting in the first place!)
I'm pleased with the score I got for TMA 04 - 85%. I found this TMA easier than TMA 03 and so I zoomed through it, to be honest, I wasn't expecting a result like this.
I know that no one reads this blog and it's not really intended for anyone to read, however, if you are reading this and thinking of doing an Open University degree, and you are concerned that you are not smart enough, then look at me. I did dreadfully in school and failed all of my exams because I never applied myself. Don't get me wrong I have to work hard to understand the concepts, especially in MU123 but I can do it, also I'm now paying for it so if you're like me then you will force your self to concentrate and do well.
Even now, when I am nearly at the end of stage one, I still think whether I am making the right decision and moving forward onto stage two, as this is when it gets much harder. I still have to do two modules concurrently which makes it hard to juggle things around and to hand in TMA's on time, I stop and really think whether I should move on to doing the degree. I soon snap myself out of it and tell myself that I can do it. when I start my new modules in October I will soon let you know how I'm getting on! What this space.
I've had TMA 02 sent back, I am please to say I scored 86%, This is a lower score than I my first TMA but I am pleased with it, this TMA had a lot of algebra and solving equations and simplifying expressions, (I still haven't got the hang of simplifying expressions yet)
I am now going to be starting TMA 03 looking at it, is making me feel a bit sick!