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Open University TM427 course results out

Okay, after a few nail biting days of;

“Your course result will be available Wednesday 22 March 2006”

“Your course result will be available Thursday 23 March 2006”

“Your course result will be available Friday 24 March 2006”

Wondering if the Open University web site will just say this indefinitely but no they came through a few minutes ago and I’ve managed to grab a grade 3 pass. I would have preferred a grade 2 (Merit) but I missed it by 1% on the assignments and 8% on the written project report.

Ho-hum at least it’s a pass. I really disliked the whole project year – it sounded fun but there was way too much “reflective learning” in it for me. I don’t want to learn about learning, this is my seventh (and hopefully final) year and I want to learn about the subjects I’ve chosen.

So now that leaves me with needed a merit on T305 Digital Communications – something well on target so far on my first two assignments. In fact I’m only a little off a distinction at the moment.

Hope I don’t get too distracted…


Personal checkpoint, March 2006

Forgive me readers for I have sinned. It’s been ten days since my last post.

This is one of those rarer posts about my personal life for people who know or care…


Clarissa is back in Germany attending job interviews while we’re waiting for her license to come through. We furnishes the flat with some plants before she left including a orange tree that is producing very tiny oranges that are apparently great for marmalade. I tried one and tasted just like an orange Skittle Sour.


I’ve started on my final year of my BSc with T305 – Digital Communications. For me it’s very uneven as one minute we’re covering topics I know well like object orientation and network protocols then the next deep in state machines, SDL and calculating physical characteristics of media – which I don’t. I think I’m doing okay so far although I’ll know better once I get my first assignment back.

My result for last years TM427 still isn’t through yet – end of March apparently – and the anticipation is unbearable. It’s been over three months since I submitted my mini-eBay style project. If I can get a merit on either last year or this years course then that’ll land me a first with honours, otherwise it’s a 2:1.


Study hasn’t quite zapped all my time and I’m still getting a bit of virtual r ‘n r on World of Warcraft. I’ve almost caught some of my old Jersey mates up so will be able to go questing again with them soon I hope.

I’ve barely touched Civ4 and I’m working out a PC shuffle-round to get Clarissa with her own gaming PC here so I can also game when she’s lost in Civ3 or Need for Speed. I’ve shown her WoW but she really isn’t interested although Amy likes it but not as much as the Sims.

I’m currently trying to source a Cooler Master CM 260 case and a suitable mini-ATX Pentium M motherboard. More news as it happens.

We’ve also got our hands on a few board games too including 221b Baker Street – a rather fun Sherlock Holmes style mystery that required a little more intelligence than Cluedo. Our game of Dungeons & Dragons (basic board game) needed more players and perhaps a more serious touch. We’ve still to give Mysteries of Old Peking and HeroQuest a shot.

I think I’m a bad influence on people who would otherwise have a much more active social life… Oh well, at least Clarissa and I managed to get a game of badminton in before she left and Aims and I ran around at the park for a bit.


The DamoPlex, as it has become known, had a successful screening of BMX Bandits last week. I wanted to do a double-bill with Chuck Norris but the audience couldn’t take much more cheese.

The Hitachi projector is working really well although I decided to get some blackout curtains to help with day-time viewing. I’ve ordered an adapter for the Shuttle to enable component high-def output from the Radeon 9600SE card.

The Xbox 360 will look amazing so I’ve been told and obviously the PC will be an improvement over the non-widescreen 1024×768 res it’s pumping out at the moment. I’m interested in finding out whether the Denon 2900 DVD player can do a better job at progressive scan than the Hitachi TX-200 projector.


Open University M360 results for Christmas

As some of my friends know I’m currently studying with the Open University for my computing degree.

This year my exam results, along with a number of fellow students were delayed… Until 3 days before Christmas where they promptly announced with lots of students wondering exactly what happened. It appears many of us got distinction grade (85%+) coursework… and grade 3 quality exam results (60%+). Some people with very good coursework grades have failed entirely.

Either the course material was too easy and did not give us a good indication of progress or the exam was too harshly marked. Almost everyone seems to have suffered a major drop in grades between 19% and 37%. A fellow student has commented the average is normally 20%.

I’m rather at odds with the situation. I’m supposed to be learning. How are you to learn from an exam that is both essential to your result and entirely devoid of feedback? Where’s the lesson apart from don’t bother. Oh, and it’s Open as in available to many people, not open as in how it work.

I would advise anyone considering M360 – Developing Internet Applications to only take it if your grade won’t affect your diploma. It is otherwise quite an enjoyable course.