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 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!