Monday, June 26, 2006

OU: Studying under fire...

On Saturday I received my copy of Sesame “The news service reaching the Open University worldwide” and in it was an interesting article by an OU student Rochelle Jones about her husband, James, who apart from studying with the OU, is a British soldier currently serving in Iraq.

We all moan now and again about our studying and the course(s) we are currently doing, but after reading Rochelle’s article it put everything into perspective. To be able to study under such daily pressure, to me seems unimaginable, and my admiration goes out to James.

My hat also comes off to Rochelle for the pressure she must be under and yet managing to study for MA at the same time.

If your are interested in reading the article it is available at Sesame 230 on pages 24 & 25 (pdf page 13).

Thursday, June 22, 2006

M301: Up to date

Due to spending all my time on revising for the M254 exam I have spent the last week and a half concentrating on M301, and I am now back on schedule.

Once I have completed each unit of block 4 I am endeavouring to do the corresponding assignment question, but some of the questions are rather vague to say the least. Block 4 is all to do with systems analysis and design, and I’ am having to utilise a lot of the knowledge I gained from M206.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

M301: TMA 03 - Results

The results for TMA03 are in, and am extremely pleased with mine. :)

M254: Exam

Yesterday I sat the exam for M254. It was 3 hours long, and comprised on 10 short questions (5 marks each) and 2 of 3 long questions (25 marks each). Although not extremely hard I was hard pressed for time, especially as I had difficulty in remembering the answers to 2 of the short questions.

Other students are saying that the exam appeared to be easier than the specimen paper or the previous one, and I do tend to agree with them. What I don’t understand though is that some students are saying that they finished with plenty of time to spare (i.e. 40 minutes), especially as my understanding is that exams are designed to be done in the time allotted.

Any way I now have to wait until August until the results are released. Should have passed, it is just a case of waiting to see what grade I finally end up with.