I failed. I thought I could do two exams this weekend, one in E-Commerce (EMSE) and one in Software Engineering for Distributed Systems (SEIV). I was wrong. SEIV needs much more preparation then I thought it would.
For this weekend I canceled the SEIV exam and I will only attend the EMSE exam. It hurts me very much that I underestimated the effort necessary for both exams. However, I commit that I can’t make it and so I have to change my plans a little bit.
After doing the exam, I will complete the practical part for Architecture of Web Applications immediately and then I will write the term paper for Intercultural Competence. Next try for exams will be March 2018.
Today it is 14 days before the next exam date. So I’m in the middle of the final preparation. There are still some pages to be read for both exams, but fortunately I’ve got some free days in the next two weeks. For example on Monday I took a day off, so I can focus on the books. In case you missed it the exams will be about E-Commerce/E-Procurement and Software Engineering for Distributed Systems.
Actually I feel more comfortable with the SE exam, even if it is a lot more technical and I only got two books instead of study letters. The E-Commerce exam on the other hand is far more business oriented and goes deeper into topics like business process related to E-Commerce, user behaviour in the WWW, Do’s and Don’ts of online shops etc. I will keep the status current here in the next two weeks and I’m curious how the last sprint works out.
I’ve three weeks to learn for the next two exam on the first weekend of December. I think I’m a little bit behind my plan, but I have to keep the pace to get this study done somehow. And actually I should keep focusing on this stuff and not on other things. One of my non-IT hobbies is war gaming and I’ve spent some time in the last days to build and paint some miniatures for these war games. However, it gave me some motivation back to focus again on learning. Maybe sometimes you need to do something completely different to get your motivation back on track.
Some days ago I have done the exam in Introduction to Mobile App Development (EPEPS). Unfortunately most of the questions were theoretical and actually there was not a single question related to some practical development topics. Instead there have been 23 of 100 points about frequencies and so on, without a proper connection to other questions or some more practical use cases. I have to admit that I didn’t saw that coming. So I missed at least 23 points. Hopefully I was able to answer all other questions. I really don’t want to try this one again!
Last week I’ve received the grade for this exam. The correction took three weeks, which is pretty fast for the WBH. As expected, it’s only a 3.3. However, I’m happy that I have passed the exam and don’t need to do it again! For the rest of this year, I want to do 3 more tests. “Get you head down and work!” 😀
Yeah, I have finally received the grade for the Software Architecture exam that I did seven weeks ago. It’s again 1.7, so my average grade remains on 1.7, which is fine I guess. And I have 12 of 120 credits now, so 10% of the study is already done. 🙂
The SWA exam is done. Here are the topics and tasks of the exam:
- Textual specification is given. Class diagram and sequence diagram for a specific process have to be created. Design decision needed to be described shortly.
- Component and package diagram have to be created. And the interface between two components had to be written basically in pseudo code.
- Multiple tasks regarding ‘What is SOA and how does it work?’.
- Multiple questions about Object Orientation basics, like ‘What is a Aggregation?’, ‘What is a Composition?’, etc. and ‘Which UML diagram is best for a given scenario?’.
- Multiple questions about Software Architecture.
It was a good mix of practical and theoretical questions. However, I had to write a lot and now my right hand hurts. 🙂 I’m happy that I had to write only one exam today.
There is only one day left to learn for the Software Architecture exam. At the moment I’m mostly fine with the topics. Part of the exam will be UML diagrams, especially class diagrams, component diagrams, state machines, etc. Then there might be also some questions about Object Orientation in general.
The second part is mostly architecture related. There are two topics that worry me. At first there are multiple layer concepts, for example the 4+1 architectural view model by Kruchten, the four architectural views by G. Starke, TOGAF, RM-ODP, etc. I can’t get these things in my head. They are also very similar to each other, which makes it harder to memorize each view model.
The second hard thing is the architecture description language called Z and Object-Z. This is an ADL like UML, but without graphical elements. Instead it uses predicate logic and textual description to describe the rules and functions. I’m mainly used to graphical UML diagrams, so this predicate logic stuff is a whole new world for me.
The last topics are related to Domain Driven Design and Cloud Computing, but these things are not that deeply described and therefore they should not be that hard to learn for the exam. Overall I hope that the exam will be more practical in terms of application and not so much theory related.
Saturday, 28th November 2015 is the day for which I have worked so much the last 6 months.
Today I can officially say that I have completed all exams in my study. Artificial Intelligence was the last exam today and it should be passed. So all … really: all! … exams are done by today.
What’s left? I have applied for the thesis today, too. The examination office will check my request in the next days and then I will start to write my thesis in January 2016.
So everything worked out as planned and I’m really happy! It might take some time to realize that it is nearly done. Writing a thesis will be a quite different experience than learning for an exam and the next, and the next … and so on.
But I’m happy now, that I can see my goal and a very long and hard way lies behind me! 🙂
The date for the next exams is getting closer. Last week the WBH has sent the timetables for the exam date. Fortunately, both exams I’m going to write are in the same lecture theater. So I don’t have to change the room between the exams. The first exam will be IMI (Information Management) and then follows VII (Distributed Information Processing).
The second module sounds a little bit odd in my translation. In German it is “Verteilte Informationsverarbeitung”, which is also a little bit unfamiliar. In general, it’s again mostly about networking, protocols, connections and the OSI model.
My preparations are doing fine, I think. I started to do some Sketch Notes for IMI to write my own comprehension, but it’s too much to write and sketch, so I stopped this some weeks ago. Instead I will continue with the “classical” learning by reading, repeating, understanding, and answering some questions. This should be okay for IMI. For VII I read a lot of Wikipedia articles about networks protocols and some chapters of Tanenbaum’s “Computer Networks” book, which I finally ordered recently.I expect that I will need this book for my Bachelor thesis as reference.
Unfortunately it has become a little bit quiet here. That’s because I’m currently in the preparation for the next two exams. Both have a lot of stuff that needs to be learned. However, I’m also a little bit lucky, because both modules share the topic “networking”.
Mostly the exam for “Information Management” is worrying me. Here are so many different topics mixed together, so it’s quite hard to learn for this exam. At first it’s about information management and information systems in general from a economics point of view. Then it starts with some basics about telephone networks and computer network. At next I will read more about mobile communication and mobile networks. The last topic will be Telecommuting. So I hope that I have already learned the biggest part for this special exam.