How I digitally organize my online homework

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So I’ve been getting my Master’s online at Southern New Hampshire University since 2013. Getting any degree is a challenging affair, but a Master’s is a whole other ball game. Coupled with being an entirely online class, you need to be highly organized. I don’t claim to be highly organized, but over the course of 4 years I have been able to wrangle a successful (for me) organization system for my coursework. Courses at SNHU are 10 weeks long with each week called a “module”, and require you to participate in multiple discussions multiple times a week in addition to weekly assignments. It’s a lot to keep up with, and my normal way of doing homework (wait until roughly 24 hours before the assignment is due then panic and work all night) wasn’t going to cut it.

Journal #2: Process and Thread Scheduling

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NOTE: We use APA citations in my Master’s program, which I have retained here.

Entry #2 (although posted as the third…whoops…others are here) in my Operating System class. This time we are asked to examine our system’s process states using the command line. (This is to help us with our final project and recommending process management requirements to our fictitious organization. This class is also known as “OPS-prov”.) In Windows, that command is tasklist /v. We’re supposed to research what scheduling algorithm is used by our operating system as well. Let’s dive in.

Journal #1: OS shell commands

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In my operating systems course, we have to write journal entries as part of our weekly participation. It’s an unfortunate naming convention that does not inspire professionalism.

Okay, nothing “inspires” professionalism for me, but this doesn’t make it any easier. Onwards! This week the assignment was to open the command line and find out your system information, which in Windows involves typing systeminfo.

Diagramming Operating System abstractions

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So as you may know, I’m working on my Master’s in Information Technology. Basically I’m getting a piece of paper to prove I know how to do what I’ve been doing for a long time. (It’s a competitive industry and you need every advantage you can get, frankly.) After some deliberation, I’ve decided to post about my journey in this educational pursuit; although I won’t be posting every assignment, I’ll be posting the ones I think are useful or interesting or overly visual. I’m sure it will be entertaining, and who knows, maybe even educational. Let’s go!

So I started school back up on on Monday the 14th and this term I’m taking Project Management and Operating Systems. The professor in my OS class is pretty cool, this is his first semester of teaching at SNHU. My professor in Project Management is ex-military, so I think that means he’ll have clear standards for our performance.

Our first week is always full of introductory posts and clarifications about grading and assignments, then a short little paper about the introductory materials. In my OS class I had to draw a diagram of the hardware and their related abstractions, and in my PM class I had to write about conflict resolution in a business environment.

I’m still debating whether to post those things here or not. I’m leaning towards publishing them two weeks after they have been turned in, so as not to influence any of my classmates. Then again, I might just not post them until after the term is over; not entirely sure.

Until next time.