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 have not written on my blog for a while, mainly due to the reason that stage two of my studies is a lot more in-depth (as it should be). I have been enjoying both modules, I may talk more about each module later, but for now, I would like to say that I got the first TMA back today with a score of 70/100, it's not my best score I have ever had, but it's most certainly not my worst!
My tutor has given me some great feedback, it's mainly that I have not used all the course material as I should have with my report. To be fair I'm not a report writer, but I know that I need to do it as if I get a job in the IT sector as a network administrator then report writing may be a reality as I would have to write reports on proposals for implementing new technology to the existing network etc. I'm not shying away from report writing but I am not jumping up and down either!
I'm not a natural when it comes to writing HTML code, I don't have much experience and to think that I can understand what is going on the picture and what the element names mean and do is a bit step up for me.
As for TM257, I am progressing at a steady pace, I have already completed the first TMA, I have not submitted it yet just in case there is something I remember or I have to do as well before the cut off date of the 13th December. I have learned more about networking in the last couple of months than I have in my entire life!. It is a lot to take in and I am making good use of Packet Tracer as well as the hardware I purchased, I bought two Cisco 3560 switches and Cisco 2851 router.
Here is a picture of my little setup, they don't stay on all the time, mainly because they are noisy and secondly they eat electric! as the caption says, the comms cabinet was given to me by my boss, we had two of them both of which have been sitting in our warehouse for the best part of 8 years!
This is all I have to say right now, however, I am quietly confident that I have done well in TMA 01 for TM257. I completed the packet tracer activity and troubleshooting the network and got that working. and I have done all the other questions. the only question I'm a bit concerned by is question 2 where I have to draw a diagram showing an encapsulated packet being used to send a web page from a web server to a client. I have done the question but I'm not sure if it is correct. Time will tell!
I've spent most of today studying the Cisco networking module, and to be fair I am enjoying it, I have explored the netacad site and there are some useful resources that help me to learn. such as flash cards, and quiz's (which you can take as many times as you like) for me, it is such an invaluable teaching aid.
I did the practice quiz for Chapter 1 and I got 27/30 so I thought I would do the exam next, as there are online exams for each chapter. I went onto the exam page and it says that you have 1 hour to complete the examination, so I was thinking how hard is it going to be and how many questions are there?. I started the exam and to be honest, the questions were quite easy, I finished the exam in about 15 minutes and scored 93.9% so that's good news!
I am going to spend the day tomorrow on TT284 and try and complete week 2 of that in one day!