Hey there, it’s exam week.
I managed to squeeze in my online exam for subject ABCC1103 during my long lunch hour break today. I was worried that I couldn’t make it tonight but turns out it’s not that exhausting tonight. The format for the online exam are MCQs with a time limit of 90 minutes.
I recognized some of the questions from our online quiz a few weeks earlier. Some gave off the vibe like the questions we answer in our weekly E-lessons. It seems that Language is a popular theme. So is mass media. It took me just over an hour to answer the MCQ as I had to rush back to work. In other words, tembak je lah. After submitting my answers, I quickly prayed Zuhur and drove back to the clinic.
Next week is all about psychology. I have planned to take leave on the 20th so that I could sit for the online exam with a peace of mind. Lepas tu kita ronggenggg! Vincenzo Cassano, I cannot wait.
I am exhausted. Stressed. Fat. Lonely.
HA HA HA HA. All this Korean OST’s on my Spotify list is making me sappy but ironically beautiful inside. – __ – Korean songs give you that pretty lead actress effect. I cannot help feeling very dreamy while listening to these songs although I haven’t seen most of the drama on the OST list. I cannot wait for my exams to be over so that I could binge on Vincenzo Cassano. Grrrrr..
Phase 2 of Malaysia’s vaccination programme is starting soon. I am so glad that I applied for a day off this Friday. I needed that rest before I am reassigned to various working locations in the many months to come. An altercation happened at the workplace between ‘two elephants’. Me and my friends are trying very hard not to be the deer caught in between. Anyway, I am so glad that ABCC1103 is over.
ABCC 1103 – Introduction to communication
I actually overlooked that my assignment had 2 parts to complete. The essay and the 5 minute video presentation. As always, the expression is ‘nak tergugok jantung/ mok pisan nyawa’ when I realized my mistake. I was already struggling with the essay. This assignment reminded me of the horrible semester I went through in Sem 2 – that feeling when I thought I did well only to discover that I got a B minus for my essay. Adehhh.. and I had thought I could get at least a B+. Or an A minus. Tapi tkpe.. yg tuh dah lepas.
So, for my video I decided to do mine like some sort of Live interview with an influential figure during primetime news. That influential figure being me of course. I downloaded free video templates of the news studio from Youtube and then I got stuck. Ha ha ha. I did not know how to put myself inside the template. After intense googling – I learned that I needed to record myself with a green screen. I was tempted to buy a 4M green cloth from Kamdar or Gulati’s but thought wiser. Celah mana nak pegi tu.. nak ambik bebudak sekolah lagi.
On further research, I discovered that we could use a blue screen or even of other colours as long as it doesn’t match your face and the clothes you wear. It seems that I could use red although my complexion would look a bit odd due to the underlying red colour tone everybody has (I think?). Still, I gave it a shot. Although my husband thought I was weird. ha ha.
I recorded myself in front of the red curtains I have in my living room.
I tried using the green curtains I have at my workplace but I guess the green wasn’t bright enough, so it didn’t work.
Using the free version of Kinemaster, I was able to use the Chroma key button and make that red screen invisible so that I could appear in the video template as a news anchor. The rest was just the layer editing I have come to be more well versed now as compared to before. Studying in OUM has definitely sharpened my skills in using digital technology to complete my assignments.
It is not perfect and I have no idea what the outcome will be. Either way, as the saying goes..
There is no day in which you learn something is a complete loss
The office chair
The instant desk
The mandatory academic-like bookshelf
I really had fun doing this assignment. Tapi tuhlah.. I still wonder if I am able to fulfill the examiners requirements. Currently, I am focusing on my ABCC1103 subject (Introduction to Communication) – I missed out the part where we had to make a video to illustrate our essay points. Thankfully, it is only 5 minutes. I will think of something.
3 down, 1 to go.
I managed to submit all 3 after Maghrib yesterday. Now I can focus on the 4th assignment and catch up the tutorials and e-lessons for all of the subjects. My examinations are in April from 16th to the 20th. I hope not many people are on leave so that I could sit for the online exam with a peace of mind.
OUMH2203 : English for Workplace Communication
We were required to do a video presentation – playing the role as the senior manager from the HR department presenting a report on flexi hour. Then, we have to write a reflective essay on the process of making the video.
My imaginary company is Digitalis Media with 30 employees in total. I did my research mostly by asking friends, my brother and googling using search terms like Flexible Working Arrangements (FWA) rather than flexi hour. I put my information together using WPS Powerpoint and layered it with my video recording in the Kinemaster app. The final output was OK considering I used the free version.
ABPD1203 : Child Psychology
Task was to write about Vygotsky’ Sociocultural Theory – elaborate, critic and give own opinion
I used OUM’s Digital Library to search for literature and ebooks that could be useful. I was previously using Google Scholar but I find that the resources are better using TSDAS library. After all, the institution did pay to get access to these journals. So, use them. Download them as needed. Some students were lamenting about the page restrictions of some e-books. Personally, I think the restrictions to download are reasonable. They are in place to protect the copyrights of the book. Bukannya kau dapat baca satu teks book tu dalam sehari pun..
There were a few pages on Vygotsky in the educational psychology textbook I bought which was enough to get started. Either way, using journals was better. In the opinion section, I put forth a concern made by our former education minister, Dr Maszlee about limitations to child development due to socio-cultural weaknesses.
ABPK 1203 : Cognitive Psychology
Write about perception. Explain with two visual tasks and two audio tasks.
This has got to be the most confusing tasks of all. I think my tutor , Mr Manimaran has tried his best to guide but I still find myself perplexed with the requirements of the essay. I worry if my explanation would be too lengthy. Indeed, I had a miscount with my words and I ended up having to edit them so they wouldn’t go beyond 3000 words. This particular assignment gave me the worst headache. The tasks I chose for my assignment was tailored for my mother, who is also a grandmother.
That meant for visual task : grocery shopping and watching netflix. Auditory task is listening to her grandson cry and talking over the telephone.
Anyway, it’s all done. I am not going to read the assignment topics in the forum. It will get me anxious.
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I have 3 assignments to be submitted on that day. I think I had thought that I wouldn’t be involved in the Covid-19 vaccination team for my clinic. Which explains my overzealous spirit to take up to 4 subjects this semester. Being part of the team, it means being on duty every single day. Which also means that if I ever have to take leave, I would feel really really guilty. Because there is only 2 of us running the show for our team. And this will be going on until next year. Therefore, I don’t think I should be that ambitious in choosing which subject to take for next semester. Ambil apa yang mampu sahaja.
A little update on my assignments.
For Cognitive Psychology (ABPK1203) I am choosing my mom as the subject to explain what Perception is all about. I am supposed to use the topics in the module to explain about her visual and auditory tasks. It is quite an interesting task actually (once you understand what it wants). It does take a while to kick it off.
The Child Psychology (ABPD1203) assignment on the hand requires a write up on Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory and an interview with a mother with regards to how she manages her kids emotions and discipline. I am planning to interview my sister.
I am leaving the 3rd subject towards the end as I figure out how to create a company out of thin air, make it sound authentic in a make believe work meeting. I am playing the role of a senior manager from the HR department making a presentation to the board members after a trial of Work From Home (WFH) period. It will be a play of creativity, which I enjoy, but due to time limitation I am not quite sure if I would be able to pull off what I have in mind.
Anyway, knowing myself – come what may, I will make it work at the end of the day. InsyaAllah.