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This was the most difficult class up to this point – even rivaling Business Law. Now, I should say that it wasn’t hard because of the content but because of the resources. Unfortunately the cohort videos for this course just aren’t very helpful. In studying for this course, I had to do something that I only do as a last resort: read the book. And the book is dry.
I had a very difficult time getting my head “in the game” with this course. In fact, Days 2 and 3 were really tough. For whatever reason, I just couldn’t focus enough to read the seemingly endless text. When Day 4 rolled around, I decided I needed to put my blinders on and just power through whatever mental block was preventing me from studying. I did so, and put in some very long hours.
- Downloaded the cohort videos (if you need to know how to download audio from AdobeConnect, you can find out here)
- Downloaded the “Topic of the Week” supplemental videos
- Converted the audio from .FLV to .MP3 using VLC
- Uploaded the MP3’s to Overcast
- Created a study schedule for myself
- Downloaded the recommended flashcards
- Once again, I am breaking my rule about “always” creating my own flashcards
- Listened to all of the Cohort audio
- Attempted to take the Pre Assessment
After Pre-assessment #1 (Aborted):
Unfortunately the cohorts are not very helpful in preparing for the PA. After listening to all of the cohort audio, as well as some of the supplemental lectures, I attempted to take the PA. I got about 5 – 6 questions in and realized that I didn’t know what I was doing. Feeling a bit frustrated, I cancelled the attempt, and went back to the drawing board.
Day 2: (1) Created a new study schedule, (2) Read and took the quizzes on Unit 2
Day 3: (1) Read and took the quizzes on Unit 6
Day 4-5: (1) Read and took the quizzes on Units 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 , (2) Took the Pre Assessment, (3) Studied on weak topics, (4) Scheduled the OA
After Pre-assessment #2 (Exemplary):
Day 4-5 was a very long day for me. I studied about 80% of the book from 10:00PM to 5:00AM, and then I took the PA at about 5:00AM. Despite struggling to keep my eyes open, and having to reread some questions three or four times, I passed the OA.
For the PA, you need to understand what the various documents are for. You also need to know the terms that describe how a Project Manager assesses various status indicators. Make sure you can read and understand the illustrated workflows when it comes to WBS, network diagrams, Gantt charts, and PERT charts – and that you can identify critical paths in such diagrams.
The PA sticks pretty closely to the book. I took all of the module and unit quizzes, and I never scored lower than 70% (most of the time it was > 85%), and I did pretty well on the PA.
Day 5: (1) Studied on weak topics, (2) Took the OA
After the Objective Assessment (Competent):
I did not feel like the PA was wholly indicative of the scope and difficulty level of the OA. The OA asked questions that were not covered in the chapter/unit quizzes or in the PA, however those issues seemed to be limited to a reasonable subset of questions. Most questions were very familiar and I felt confident towards the end of the OA that I had probably done well.