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144 is a sacred number for me… :mrgreen:

It is ‘sacred’ because it is one of the requirements that should be fulfilled so that I can graduate from ITB with a title Sarjana Teknik (Bachelor of Engineering). Until the last semester, I have taken 134 Semester Credit Units (SCUs), so for this semester I just have to take 10 SCU. In the beginning of this semester, I decided to take 12 SCUs. I took 1 elective subject, that is Rekayasa Trafik dan Desain Jaringan Multilayanan (Traffic Engineering and Multiservice Network Design), besides 4 compulsory subjects.

After several weeks, I realize that I still have many jobs to do, relate to my final-year project. Moreover, I want to graduate on this July 2008. It means I have to finish my final-year project on May, so that I can take the final-year project on June. Based on that reasons, I decided to drop my elective subject and I had my ‘new’ Kartu Studi Mahasiswa/KSM (Student’s Study Plan Card) approved. So, totally, I will take 144 SCUs in 59 courses during my bachelor degree program.

The bottom line is I just take 10 SCUs in this semester, including 4 SCUs of Final-Year Project II subject. So, there is no single reason I can’t graduate on July 2008. Wish me luck…

PS: I think I should revise my Description of Subjects document I published the day before yesterday…

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February 29, 2008 at 12:15 am

Tomica Limited Vintage Mitsubishi PET Leo

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Tomica LV-54a and LV-54b
Tomica Limited Vintage Mitsubishi PET Leo (LV-54a and LV-54b)

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February 28, 2008 at 12:05 am

What a Disappointing Mark !

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I don’t know why, but I’m still disappointed with my laboratory (Computer Engineering Laboratory III) mark. At the last time, finally, my score had been announced the day before yesterday. And I was very surprised when I ‘just’ got B. It’s absolutely destroying my perfect semester.

I’m really disappointed because the laboratory mark just came from my embedded system (Embedded System) laboratory mark. In fact, I took this course not in the last semester (1st of 2007/2008), but in the previous semester (2nd of 2006/2007). So, whatever the laboratory mark I got, it won’t demonstrate my laboratory performance in the last semester. I prefer the laboratory mark come from VLSI Systems Design laboratory mark, because I really did the laboratory activities in the last semester.

Moreover, I doubt from where my embedded system laboratory mark come from. My laboratory mark should be announced on the beginning of this semester, but the laboratory’s lecturer did not announced my mark because there was no my embedded system laboratory mark. How come? I had finished take the courses more than 6 months ago and there is no embedded system laboratory mark. If my embedded system lecturer declares my mark just now, from where my embedded system laboratory mark, which is influence my laboratory mark, come from? Maybe there is my final report, but is he still remembers my project presentation, which is shall also including in my mark?

After all, I can’t raise my objection because there is no enough time for me to raise it. My lecturer is a deadliner (a person who finish his/her job on the day of deadline, even several minutes or hours before the deadline), just the same as me, his student. So, I don’t think even if I raise my objection I will get benefit.

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February 27, 2008 at 12:17 am

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Description of Subjects Taken During Higher Education

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Finally, I have finished the document about description of subjects taken during my higher degree. As I told you before, I work on this document as preparation for applying graduate program, especially if I want to continue my study overseas. You can download the document here. I hope it can help you to arrange your own description of subjects.

Disclaimer: I am not guarantee that the description of certain course is the same one with yours, although the name of course is same. So, always check the description whether it is right for your course or not before you use it. In addition, I am not guarantee that the English version of courses’ name is right. :mrgreen:

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February 26, 2008 at 12:02 am

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The Speech Chain and Phonetics

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speech (SAY WORDS) /spiːt∫/ noun

  1. [U] the ability to talk, the activity of talking, or a piece of spoken language:
  2. Children usually develop speech in the second year of life.
    People who suffer a stroke may experience a loss of speech.

  3. [U] the way a person talks:
  4. His speech was slurred and I thought he was drunk.

  5. [U] the language used when talking:
  6. Some expressions are used more in speech than in writing.

  7. [C] a set of words spoken in a play:
  8. Do you know the words to Hamlet’s famous speech at the beginning of Act III?

(taken from Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary)

Why is speech so important? Speech is one of many factors that makes human culture possible to develop day-by-day, year-by-year, century-by-century. Using speech, humans can communicate each others and share their knowledge, experiences, and even ideas.

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February 25, 2008 at 1:04 am

Description of Subjects

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I want to continue my study and take my master degree, hopefully, overseas by getting scholarship. One document required to apply a scholarship is description of subjects taken during higher education (for example, during undergraduate program).

For several days, I work on my own description of subjects taken during my undergraduate program in ITB. Because I plan to take 5 subjects in this semester, so totally I will take 60 subjects (with 146 Semester Credit Units/SCU) during my undergraduate program. Therefore, I have to input all of those 60 subjects with their short description in my description of subjects.

Unfortunately, there is no document containing complete description of available subjects in Electrical and Informatics Engineering (STEI), ITB. There are several documents explaining description of subjects in STEI, so I have to compile it by myself depends on what subjects I take. I also have to compile some description of courses provided by others department, such as Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Industrial Engineering, and Sociotechnology (a part of Arts and Design Faculty), because I also took some of their courses.

The problem is, until now, I can’t find description of Sociotechnology’s courses. There are 8 Sociotechnology’s courses I took, i.e.:

  1. KU1011 Tata Tulis Karya Ilmiah (Academic Writing in Indonesian),
  2. KU1022 Penulisan Teks Akademik (Academic Writing in English),
  3. KU1131 Olah Raga I (Sports I),
  4. KU1254 Olah Raga Karate (Sports II: Karate),
  5. KU2061 Agama dan Etika Islam (Islamic Religion and Ethics),
  6. KU2071 Pancasila dan Kewarganegaraan (Pancasila and Civics),
  7. KU4026 Penulisan Karya Ilmiah Teknik (Technical Writing), and
  8. KU4183 Sosiologi Industry (Industrial Sociology).

Actually there are two problems. First, I can’t find the courses’ description. I haven’t decided yet what will I do to cope with that problem. Maybe I will write my own description based on my experience during the courses. I doubt I can write a good description of the courses, but at least I can write what things I really got during the courses. Second, I’m not sure whether my English version of the courses’ name is right.

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February 24, 2008 at 9:40 pm

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Final-year Project and Limited Resources

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From the last semester, I work on my final-year project. This project is about articulatory model speech synthesizer as a part of text-to-speech (TTS) system. Specifically, I work on parameterization of the model in order to generate Indonesian phoneme. To do that I have to know about how speech sounds are produced and then how we classify and transcribe speech sounds. In addition, I also have to know about the acoustic properties of speech sounds. In other words, I have to study about phonetics.

Phonetics is a new thing for me. I have to study all of that stuff by myself, no one teach me, and no one help me to understand the stuff. At first, I think I can cope with that problem because I have used to study things by myself. Unfortunately, I hardly (maybe I can use the term “can’t” here) find good and suitable literature about phonetics for me. If you tell me, “Search with Google and you’ll find a bunch of them, man..!” I will tell you, “All of that stuff talks about English, not Indonesian…”

You have to aware that phonetics is all about language and one language differ from the others. Actually I can use literature about English phonetics, but then I have to distinguish what phonemes are used in Indonesian and what phonemes are not. Because I’m neither a linguist nor a specialist in this field, I afraid I can’t pick the right phoneme and, in the future days, it will affect my project.

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February 23, 2008 at 10:08 pm