Well it finally happened.
After having a year's worth of positively useful and enriching classes, I've got a complete and utter DUD this term.
Six chapters into the book and we're still discussing network architecture theory (it's a network architecture class, in case you haven't guessed....), and how bad it sucks when management isn't on board with security base-lining.
Here's an original thought! ….we can keep on whining and complaining that security is such an under appreciated field....OR we can learn some methods to help make the case to management. Or learn breathing exercises.
But the theories - oh God... all the endless theories about the best ways to ask questions about the system you're going to build. I got it, really....you need to fully understand the business' objective and know exactly what they want in order to deliver the best product.
I totally get it - this is an area of development that is so full of FAIL. I've experienced first hand how bad it is when developers and architects design something so completely different than what the client wanted.
But we have devoted six (very long) chapters thus far on how to ask questions. I fully appreciate that I have a short attention span, but really? Can we get into the meat of actually designing something? It's only a 12 week course. At this rate we might design something, oh, I don’t' know.....maybe around 2016?
So far every weekly assignment has been a five page term paper discussing some scholarly article that MAY or MAY NOT have ANYTHING to do with architecture. Esoteric topics like, “Do hackers prefer the color blue, and what does that say about the best way to prevent a breach to your system?”.
There has yet to be any assignment on the material being covered in the book or lectures. And that makes total sense, riiiight?
The content of my papers has typically been me regurgitating things I learned either on the job, or from my other classes. While I can see the benefit of that (ten points to Gryffindor for applying existing knowledge!) it would be nice to actually learn something for the obscene amount of money being paid for this class.
I am currently preparing for my midterm and know fuckall of what to actually study.
For all I know, the exam will cover the sexual habits of lemurs and require us to design a secure VPN network around it.