My MSc. consists of six taught modules, and I sat the exam for the module #6 Optimization for Learning, Planning and Problem Solving this morning. It seemed to go pretty well, nothing in there that I hadn’t prepared for so with any luck there’ll be no resits and that was my last exam. At least, for this MSc, anyway.
I usually post up about each day as I’m doing a module, but I didn’t this last time. The module was pretty heavy on the coursework, involving a bigger than usual time investment, plus trying to balance that with my day job and my dissertation project is tough going. To be honest, trying to split my focus over these things and still retain some semblance of a home and social life was taxing, and it felt a little like it was maybe a bit too much. That’s a depressing feeling, but hey. With this last module down, there’s one less thing I need to split my time over.
The optimization module was actually very good, covering a pretty wide range of material in enough depth to be implementable. The lecturer, Dr Joshua Knowles, made all the course materials are available at the site I linked to above, as well as details about further reading, self-test questions, background materials and the like, broken down by week. If you want to know what a CS module at Manchester is like, I don’t think you can do better than familiarising with the background stuff on there and then trying to follow the course in sequence completing the coursework as you go.
I might post up more about how I found the course sometime later. Right now, it’s time to get back on top of my project.