MU123 TMA03 Marked

I got my assignment back, it' the lowest score I have got in my TMA for MU123 but it is still a pass, I scraped by with 72%. I wasn't expecting a really good score with this TMA mainly because it was a massive headache for me, and in-depth. My GMC is good and I got full marks for that, GMC meaning "Good Mathematical Communication".

I am about to start TMA04 which again looks like a beast and I can see I am going to have some meltdowns! bring on the tantrums!

After that I will have the EMA to complete then I'm done until October 2018 when I start my next module for stage 2, that's when things start to heat up.



TM129 - TMA02 Returned

I got my TMA result back form TM129 and I'm glad to say that I scored 88%, 2 marks below my first TMA but overall not a bad score, considering I thought that it was badly written but my tutor seemed to like it.

I dropped a few marks with grammar and finding out the network address and few other issues. My tutor said that the constructive criticism is minor in nature but still something I need to work on, I also dropped a few marks with my e-Portfolio, I struggle with the reflective element, to be honest, I don't know what to write half the time. I guess I need to think harder about what I've learned over the weeks in doing the blocks. Maybe I can write stuff down as I'm going if I think of anything?


MU123 TMA03

It has been a struggle, but I have finally finished my 3rd TMA for MU123. I have never completed anything so bloody difficult. I don't know how I've done I know for a fact I have got qustion 3 wrong. I had to make "k" the subject of the equation and for some reason I could not get my head round it. I tried to search on the internet of how to make the a variable the subject but to no avail, I read and re-read the course  material went on the Facebook group and discord group I'm a member of but it is still not going in to my brain.

I asked my tutor for an extension because I didn't think I would complete it in time, but I acutally completed it today and it doesn't have to be handed in until Tuesday. This is the second time that I have asked him for an extension; first was for TMA02 and the other was for this one, and both times I have managed to finish it without needing the extension. I hope it doesn't go against me on my record or something. I wouldn't of thought it would as I am a mature student and not a teenager, I have a busy life and spend a great deal of it at work. I would say that the OU are used to people wanting extensions, I think they will prefer that than just not say anything and don't submit it.


I really am not enjoying MU123 (I like it when I get it) but that doesnt happen that much, I cant wait for this module to be over.

I am a week in front with TM129 I am enjoying that module, the third block is Linux, they are using Ubuntu as the OS of choice which is great. I have used Ubuntu for many years, I am actually typing this on my little laptop which runs Ubuntu 16.04 LTS I started with Ubuntu about witn 9.04. it has never been my main OS but I am using it more and more as time goes on. It is very stable as long as you dont do stupid things that you dont for wordpress screenshot


Welcome to my blog


I'm not a blogger by all means.

I decided to embark on an Open University degree namely a BSc (Hons) in Computing and IT. I have started this WordPress site to write down my thoughts, my tribulations, my concerns and my frustrations, my triumphs, and my failures.

If you have found this blog and have decided to read it, you are, of course, more than welcome. but I also apologize for my grammar.

My course is in 3 stages, creatively enough, named stage 1, stage 2 and stage 3. as of writing this post I have completed one module called TU100 (My Digital Life) which was a 60 credit module. I got a score of 85% which is distinction level, I was very pleased and chuffed with my self for being able to get a score like that.

At the time of writing this post, I have started (back in October last year) 2 30 credit modules one called, TM129 (Technologies in Practice) this module incorporates robotics, networking, and Linux. The other module is called MU123 (Discovering Mathematics) I have been finding this a real challenge!.

After these two modules are finished I will have the summer off and then embark on stage 2 of my OU adventure!




I haven't written on here for a few weeks, these two modules (mainly MU123) are keeping me busy, thankfully I am at a place in the module material that I understand. This puts me in a good mood and does not make me want to throw my books, and my calculator out of the window, go out into the garden and stamp on them, pour petrol over them and then carelessly drop a match on them (too far?).

I am enjoying TU129, I have submitted my TMA for it, well, for the networking block anyway. I have one more block to do which is Linux, I started it the other day, but didn't get far as I needed to concentrate on TMA03 for MU123 (which I am still in the middle of doing and it needs to be handed in by the 6th March) I think I have done ok I won't really know until I get the TMA back marked. It was quite a short assignment with only 4 questions. one of which was to work out what the network address is if you have an IPv4 address of, with a subnet mask of There was a section in the textbook "Microsoft Windows Networking Essentials" where it told you and showed you how to work that out, it wasn't the easiest thing to get my head around but I think I have done it correctly.

I, as you all know (if anyone has actually found this blog and decided to read it) find mathematics a big headache I really find it hard, it makes me wonder why I'm doing it sometimes. All the other people on this module seems to get exactly what they are doing and understand the key concepts. I, on the other hand really have to study hard to understand it and even then I don't always get it. A prime example is on TMA03. Question 3 asks us to make a variable the subject of the equation! this question is only 5 marks which is nothing with some of the other questions which are 18 to 25 or even 30 marks. For some reason I have cannot get my head around making a variable the subject of the equation I won't write down what the equation is on here as I know what to get accused of some sort of collusion. I can't understand why you would need to change where one of the variables go, so what I mean is if the equation is. 10r=12e/13-21 so if I want to make e the subject of the equation then I have to get e on its own on the left-hand side where 10r is. It is driving me mad, I have looked online and I appear to be doing it right however if I make the variable the subject, I can then substitute a value for let's say, e is now the subject so, e=3 I then substitute that value into the right-hand side of the first equation and whatever the answer is, would be the value for r in the second equation, if I then sub in that value for r the what the answer is should be the original value for e.

It is all very confusing I should be speaking with my tutor tomorrow and hopefully I will have a better understanding and will be able to sort that question out.

I think I have gone on long enough! I'm off to bed.




MU123 TMA 02 Returned

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!


Thoughts on modules

I've started TM129 and MU123, to be honest I am enjoying MU123 more than I thought, don't get me wrong I still find maths difficult, but the way in which the books explain things they make it easy for me to understand. I have been having problems with prime numbers and prime factors, they are quite baffling!

TM129 is very interesting, I'm finding RobotLab a bit challenging, but I have never been overly confident in programming. I am looking for to block 2 and 3 in these blocks I will be studying networking and Linux.


MU123, is a very well put together module and it explains concepts in simple terms that I can understand. They don't expect you to know any form of mathematics and the books explain it with easy to follow examples, and there are also video clips which help to explain some of the examples in a clear way. Thorough out the book you are tasked with activities which will test you on the stuff you have learn throughout the units, I have found that if I don't understand a topic, for instance, I had a big issue with how to solve algebraic equations. I am part of a facebook group so I could post questions on there and they are really helpful, I  can of course speak to my tutor, he is a good guy, when we go to his face to face tutorials he makes it interesting and he also makes us laugh which is always a bonus for me.

So, my point was, for me, there are more than enough resources to ask to get answers to questions. I can solve equations now however, I need to practice and practice some more! I handed in my second TMA on the 17th December, So I am waiting for that to come back. I'm not going to lie, I will be glad when MU123 is done, my brain has not worked so hard in its life, I am basically learning everything from scratch. I never really learned anything in my maths class, mainly because I didn't understand the subject and another reason was that the teacher was more interested in helping the pupils who were top of the class. I got a grade U in my GCSE maths, and I retook the subject at college and still got a U, it was then I realised that maths and I were not going to be friends!

To be honest I would not of chosen to do maths now, but I have to do this module as part of my BSc degree. I know I seem to be a character of contradictions but I think maths and I have a love hate relationship and at the moment I love it (mainly because I am understanding it more) I am just about half way through Unit 7 which is about equations and inequalities I am finding it a challenge, but a challenge I am enjoying.

One last note, I tend to spend most of my study time on MU123 and I tend to race through TM129 on the weekend. I seems to work for me.


After starting this module, It was all about robotics, which I thought I would find really interesting, I was wrong. I did not enjoy it at all but I persevered and completed it and the TMA and got 90% I don't really understand why this block was on this module, the next two blocks are Networking and Linux, these two areas go together but the Robotics has no place really in my mind anyway. I am not going to be starting the networking block so I am really hoping that I will enjoy that, I want to become a network administrator so I know some of the terms and some protocols which are used.




MU123 TMA 01 returned and thoughts on TMA 01 for TM129

TMA 1 returned!

I received my first TMA back for MU123 (Discovering mathematics), I am so pleased that I got 94%. I was quite confident that I did well, I re-read it and re-read it again before I submitted it and made any alterations with it. My tutor gave me some constructive criticism which I will take on board.

What's next?

Well I need to continue on with the study material, obviously, MU123 gives you about 2 weeks to do one unit, so it has taken me a while to juggle my time with studying this module as well as TM129, I have noticed that TM129 isn't really as heavy as MU123 in terms of the amount of time I need to put aside to study, I can complete a whole unit in TM129 in a day straight.

I am doing TMA 01 for TM129 at the moment and I have had a bit of trouble with it, it seems to be more in depth than TMA 01 for MU123 was. I have only got question 4 and 5 to do. Question 4 wants me to write a short report on the use of robots in the logistics industry mainly warehouses. This has proved more difficult that I first thought. I will let you know how I get on when I get my results in.

Personal note

I must say that I don't find robotics that interesting, and I'm not really sure why this block is included in TM129, I understand that the module is "technologies in practice"  however, after this block there is nothing else to do with robotics in the entire course i.e in Stage two or stage three. so by the time I go on to the next stage which should be next October, I would of forgotten everything I have learnt.

I have nearly finished iCMA for MU123 as well, this needs to be finished and submitted by 5th December. The TMA 01 for TM129 needs to be submitted by 7th December and then TMA 02 for MU123 needs to be finished and submitted by 19th December (which I have not even started yet!)






TM129 and MU123!

A New Term!

I know that this post is a bit late as I’ve already started my next two modules, MU123 and TM129, unfortunately life always tends to get in the way! I am currently working on MU123 (Mathematical module) it seems to be more or a work load that TM129.

I was so apprehensive and nervous about studying mathematics but the way the text books are written, they seem to ‘dumb them down’ which is good for me, they don’t chuck you in at the deep end, they ease you in slowly with very good easy to follow and understand examples – which was a god send to me. I had my first face to face tutorial last Tuesday, I felt stupid as the only questions I could answer were the ones about rounding to a certain number of significant figures or decimal places. Everyone in the class seemed to be able to get the answers before I even thought about the question being asked by the tutor – who by the way is very friendly and approachable.

I am starting to do TMA 01 for MU123, I have completed 2 questions so far, when I say two questions they had about 4 parts to them but I’m glad I have made a start, TMA 01 doesn’t have to be handed in until 14th November, so I have a little while.

TM129, I’m finding very interesting, we are learning about Robots and the meaning of life (I know, very deep and philosophical!) I am really looking forward to doing the networking and Linux sections on the module. TMA 01 for this module must be handed in by the 7th December.

TMA 06 Marked! Module Results are in!

I've Passed!

I have been worried about my module result as I thought that my EMA was rather rushed due to the circumstances I found my self in. I am pleased to say that I past the module comfortably.

You don't get much in the way of feedback but they tell you if you have done something wrong they just don't really say what! I will of course most my module result letter and the feedback as well as my completed EMA or for some reason they called this EMA TMA06, god knows why it was and End of Module assignment so why not call it what it is?

This result has given me a confidence boost as I know, now, that I can accomplish anything even if I have a load of crap coming at me from different angles.

My overall task score was set as "Value A' which means a score of 85 -100% I got a couple of value B's which is 70 - 85% i think but overall I am so pleased and proud of myself.