Wednesday, June 27, 2007

OU: Next Courses

After I have completed M359 I will only need 90 points for my degree.  This equates to three 30 point courses and today I registered for 2 of them.  For my winter course I have decided to do MU120 - Open Mathematics, for a number of reasons.  The primary reason being that I want to do a course that I can complete as quickly as possible and with MU120 not only is it a level 1 course but also there is no exam at the end of the course.  Why to I want to do a course as quickly as possible?  Well my main course for next year will be The Computing Project M450 and I want to give this my full attention without any interruptions from any other courses.

ref: Open mathematics
ref: The Computing project

A Weekend Off

Valentino RossiHad a weekend off from OU studies this last weekend as we were at Donington for the British round of the MotoGP. Had a thoroughly good time even though Valentino didn't get on the podium due to his tyres deteriorating during the race as the track got drier.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Thursday, June 21, 2007

M253: Final Result

According to my student home page the results for M253 are supposed to be released on Friday 22nd June, yet at 4pm this afternoon (20.Jun) the results were released two days early.

I've PASSED!!!!!!

No more worrying that I might have to take this damned course again. Now I only have 5 courses left, including M263 (awaiting result) and M359 (currently doing), until I get my degree.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

OU: Update

Well it’s been just over a month since my last blog entry, so I thought I had better give an update on what has happened recently.

The reason for the large gap between entries has been due to me revising for the M263 exam, which took place on Monday (11.Jun). The exam was split into 2 parts, with part 1 being 14 short questions and part 2 being a choice of 2 of 4 long questions. Part 1 seemed to sail-by and until I hit question 13 I thought that I would have plenty of time for the long questions. But question 13 was to do with Proof, and this particular subject has been the only one in the course that I have not been able to get to grips with. After making several failed attempts at answering the question I thought I had better move on, and it was at this point I realised that I only had 70mins left to complete part 2. No worry that’s the amount of time the course team reckoned that we should take to answer part 2. Yet there are 4 questions, each taking up an A4 sheet, to read through before choosing which 2 to do. I dived straight into the database question, and got that completed in 35mins, although I missed part b because it wasn’t database related. I then started the second long question, and with out reading any of the other questions I went for the one that contained some programming. Managed to get the 2 implementations completed (a standard function and a recursive function), albeit I was running out of time fast and my hand writing was getting sloppier and sloppier. Whilst the papers were being collected I managed to top up points to the parts of questions that I had missed and unfortunately even if I get all my answered questions correct I will be just under the 85% needed for a distinct, so therefore I am now hoping for a grade 2.

Prior to the exam I had the final TMA for M263 to complete, which did slow down my M263 revision a bit, but it was worth it as I managed to get 85% even though I didn’t complete it all due to the Proof questions.

With regards to M359, I basically had put this on hold except for completing TMA02 (got a mind-blowing 100%), attending 2 evening tutorials and arranging a self-help group meeting (30.Jun). Now I have to get back into M359, but at least I can give it 100% of my time as opposed to having to split the time between both M359 and M263.

Yesterday I found out that I should get my final result for M253 on Friday 22.Jun. It will be nice to finally find out what I got, which is hopefully a pass.

Apart from a busy month OU wise, as a birthday treat for my wife, we went to Le Mans for the day on the 20.May for the French round of the MotoGP. Even though it rained during the main race and took us 3:30hrs to get out of Le Mans, we had a very enjoyable day.