This lecture was a bit different to the other lectures I’ve listened to so far: I was in Clayton, watching POD in real time and in real life, no UStream, no 1.7x speed podcast recording! The lecture also was a bit shorter than usual being a revision lecture.
POD spent some time going over the fundamental “vibe” of the unit to give us some input in where our degrees are taking us, and where our heads should be in approaching the exam. IT is an arrogant industry- it is true that we know more than the business when it comes to some things, but it’s really important to not portray that too much and approach designing their system understanding their mindset and perspective. We break big problems into small ones and solve them. This is the age of Information Technology, so we are learning about the systems that RUN THE WORLD. This is pretty mind blowing.
Anyway, on with what will be on the exam.
The exam is in three parts:
- Part A is multiple choice (20%)
- Part B is short answer (40%) (8 questions)
- Part C is a case study with modelling questions. (40%)
The useful things to look at for exam preparation are the weekly moodle quizzes, the questions in the textbook (which may be oddly familiar when sitting the exam) and the unit objectives at the beginning of each lecture.
The marks indicate how much time to spend on a question. 1 case study = 4 questions = approximately 18 minutes. Use Case: try and memorise the use-case narrative, but the vibe is more important, don’t freak out too much! Make sure you draw the use-case that is asked for in the question. The SSD will be the first cut of that use case. Will need to know a Domain class model.
POD then went over how to take an exam. This is always good to go over before starting an exam period.
- Stay calm.
- Read during reading time. (Make mental notes, read backwards, read the case study)
- Compose your first answer in your head ready for the start of the writing period
- Write in pen. (drafts ok in pencil)
- if you feel confident knock off the hard questions first while you are at your best, mop up the easy ones later.
- If you are not confident then do the easy ones first to build your confidence.
- Have rigourous time management. If you get bogged in a question, leave it and come back later.
- Answer every question.
- Stay until the end of the exam. (You never know when your brain will finish ticking over the information you’ve given it, if you leave early you might leave before your brain has properly sorted something out.)
Only four people showed up to the tutorial, which meant I was able to ask lots of questions about my assignment and what I could improve for the exam. I’m a little concerned as to what my assignment mark will be and of course I should have asked these questions BEFORE I turned in the assignment. I just have to wait for my assignment mark (come on tutors!) and chill. We also looked briefly at implementation.
This was also a different way to take the Quiz, it was a revision quiz and I also took it after listening to the lecture. I did well, only failing when I double guessed myself and chose “None of the Above” for one question. I’m going to re-take all the quizzes to see where my gaps of knowledge are.
This is my last (maybe!) blog post for FIT2001, I was intrigued at the beginning of the unit about the blog. I am a blogger and blog for fun, and these posts gave me something to blog about again. I noticed that a lot of people didn’t keep blogging after week 6, I suppose assignments do get in the way of something that is only worth 3%. What I really like about this system is that it forces me to summarise my notes. I’ve seen in past units that if I summarise the notes pretty soon after the lecture, adding keywords and fleshing out the notes, I do really well at the exam/test. I think it’s something about telling your brain that you’re serious about laying down those electronic pathways. I wish all subjects had a 3% incentive which would “force” me to summarise my notes each week. Or I could just up my motivation.
All the best for exam revision students, and teachers: all the best with marking!