Must… control… fist… of… death!
Yesterday, I got a note in the mail telling me the post office had a package for me. It’s the start of the new trimester at CSU, so I guessed it was study material for the Masters degree I’m doing. I was right.
So I picked it up and went home, all enthusiastic. The subject ITC511, “Networking Concepts 1”, appears to be, in fact, the first two modules of Cisco’s CCNA studies. Not a bad thing for me to do, seeing as I have occasion to tool around with Cisco routers.
So I got the Cisco Press “Cisco Networking Academy Program: CCNA 1 and 2 Companion Guide”, a matching workbook/journal, as well as the university’s own folder of bumf to read.
Here’s where the fist of death comes into it.
In the university bumf, there is information on assessment. For Topic 1: Introduction to Networking, we must read chapter 1 of the book, answer the in-book questions and do some of the CDROM-based exercises. Fine.
Chapter 1 consists of telling us about the benefits of microprocessors and transistors. An exercise in the book insists that we be able to define such little-known terms as “floppy drive” and “keyboard port”.
One of the “focus questions” in the workbook asks us, “What is the relationship of NICs to PCs?”. I feel like answering, “They both contain the letter C, because this must be a trick question. Surely you can’t be asking people who are doing a fucking MASTERS degree in NETWORKING what a fucking network card is!!!”. Maybe I should describe the relationship as “Strained, because the PC suspects that the NIC has been having an affair with his girlfriend, the floppy drive. Meanwhile, the keyboard port is still mooning over the parallel port, even though he knows intellectually that it can never be.”
Here’s the kicker. I will quote verbatim from the uni handbook so it doesn’t look like I’m making this up:
Ok. Got all that? Let me summarise the Fist Of Death points:
FOD #1: “The degree of the difficulty”. Proof-read your work goddamit! I’d get caned a mark if I wrote that in an assignment!
FOD #2: You do not need to explain what “respectively” means. Really. It’s almost as much an insult to your students’ intelligence as asking them to define the term “keyboard”. Also, we do not need to have the term “three” explained to us (As you keep pointing out, it’s the same as “3”). :rolleyes:
FOD #3: You want us to invent our own questions, then answer them? Eh? You what? Can I do this on the exam too? But I know what’s going on. I’m onto you! You want us to give you a bunch of questions that you can collate, then present to your next batch of students as if they are your own work! So here, let me get you started:
[li]Question 1: Define “three”.[/li][li]Question 2: Define “3” (see Question 1 for more information).[/li][li]Question 3: Find the Lab Activity, “PC Hardware”. (Hint: It’s in a book that has not been supplied to you). :smack: [/li][/ul]
It’s going to be a fun trimester, I just know it!!