B628 Week Six – TMA 01 is done!

Well actually it was done over a week ago. I’m still managing to stay two weeks ahead, which is good for the holiday I have coming up. My only concern is that if I go away for two weeks and don’t even look at my coursebook, I’ll come back so demotivated that I’ll struggle to get into my studies and will fall behind. I know what I’m like!

The report

Anyway, I chose the management information option for my TMA, simply because I felt that the management information problem activity I completed as part of week five was stronger than the one I completed as part of week four, when I looked at a management control problem.

The TMA wasn’t that hard to do, but it did involve a lot of study of the assessment booklet, and checking off of requirements that I needed to fulfill. I can see how so many people get this wrong, and miss things. Thankfully, my experience as a tester, and dealing with complex requirements paid off, and I think I’ve put together a good TMA.

One of the hardest things at first was padding out the exercise I did as part of week five. There weren’t enough words in there, and I knew it wasn’t enough as it stood. The solution was to work through the requirements and make sure everything was fulfilled. This pretty much padded out the assignment length to the required 1400 words for the report.

Statement on practice

The statement on practice was eye-opening, because it required a little soul-searching to complete.

I very nearly messed the statement on practice up because I missed a critical requirement specified in the assessment booklet – that is to only consider improvements I have made that had corresponding activities from one of the preceding weeks. I very nearly wrote about potential problem analysis, but then spotted this little requirement, and changed to writing about general management control loop improvements – part of which was implementing potential problem analysis.

The activities

One of the biggest pains about the TMA was putting all the activities together into one document. This isn’t technically a requirement for the TMA submission, but our tutor asked us to do it during the day school, so I did it to keep him sweet.


  1. Jack says:

    Hi there,

    I am considering this course. Just wondered if you could tell me the word count on the TMA’s?

    Many Thanks,

    1. Brian says:

      Hi Jack, thanks for the comment.

      The word count is 1500 words for the TMA report. You also have to submit a portfolio of completed weekly activities along with the TMA report, but there is no word count for those.

      Enjoy! It’s a great course.

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