Not much in the way of tutor observations or comments this time, and a high pass one.
Playing around with the online course assessment calculator, it appears that if I can score 75% in TMA6 then I won’t need to submit TMA7, or the second CMA, in order to obtain a distinction on the assignment side for MST209. I plan to do them all, obviously enough, though.
So, the pressure is off the assignments a bit, and I am beginning to turn my attention to an exam strategy. More on that next month.
Tonight, I’m wading through the end of the first book on M343 – Applications of Probability – since I’ve bought secondhand books to get a head start, ready for next year.
Being five days ahead of the MST209 schedule didn’t feel right, so I’ve turned my attention for the past few nights to the Law of Total Probability, Bayes’ Formula, various straightforward as well as obscure-looking distributions, expected value, and a fair wodge of integral calculus and sigma summation manipulation.
Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods and stacks of calculus will, hopefully, be appearing in the not too distant future.
Next year, spread between the February and October presentations, it looks like I’ll be tackling M248 (again), M343, M337 and MT365.
That will leave me M347 (the new mathematical statistics course) and either M249 (second level statistics) or MSXR209 (the residential course) for either the maths and stats, or the maths-on-its-own degree.
Since all the units up to my final selection are interchangeable between the two degrees, I don’t think I’ll fall foul of the OU’s new funding and costing rules announced yesterday. Hopefully. Maybe.