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    Default WGU - BS: CSIA (8/01/2017) Progress Thread

    Hello all,

    I just wanted to create this thread to track the progress of my WGU program starting on 8/01 for my B.S. in their new Cybersecurity and Information Assurance program.

    Just completed the orientation modules today and am awaiting a mentor to unlock the PA for it. This may be due to a mentor not being assigned to me yet, but according to my enrollment counselor, I should have one assigned some time this week.

    I am transferring in 48 CU's from a combination of certifications and some previous college work.

    Here are the courses that I have remaining:

    C182 - Introduction to IT - Completed 8/8/17
    C168 - Critical Thinking & Logic
    C768 - Technical Communcations
    C683 - Natural Science Lab
    C779 - Web Development Foundations
    C173 - Scripting and Progamming Foundations
    C175 - Data Management Foundations
    C170 - Data Management Applications
    C846 - Business of IT Applications
    C836 - Fundamentals of Information Security
    C845 - Information Systems Security
    C839 - Introduction to Cryptography
    C837 - Managing Web Security
    C838 - Managing Cloud Security
    C840 - Digital Forensics in Cybersecurity
    C841 - Legal Issues in Information Security
    C842 - Cyber Defense and Countermeasures
    C843 - Managing Information Security
    C844 - Emerging Technologies in Cybersecurity
    IT Capstone Written Project

    Excited to see how much I can get done this term and tracking my progress throughout this next term! To everyone else starting on 8/01, I wish you the best of luck!
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    Enrolled in the BS:CIA and starting on 8/1, too! I knocked out the orientation today and spent some time working through some of my coursework to get a feel for everything. I was able to bring in 62 credits from prior work and certifications and I'm hoping to knock out the remaining credits in one term.
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    I am also starting my BS:CIA on 08/01... hopefully... just awaiting my financial aid award letter to ensure it is covered (has to be done by the end of this week). My enrollment counselor said at the time I was admitted there were only 10 spots left for this degree plan for August, so sounds like I barely made in. Unlike you two, I am starting in with only 14CUs transferred (English comp I, Intro to Geography, and the two A+ courses). So I will be essentially starting from scratch and learning it all as I go along.

    In addition to that, my wife is also interested in IT but doesn't want to continue school just yet. She's going to take her A+ soon, then she wants to follow me in obtaining other certifications like N+ and S+; I'll be supplementing her with learning material for it while I take the relevant courses. I may come back here to share progress since it appears I am the first one on these forums to be taking this degree plan with such little experience/transfer credits.
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    welcome to the party... I am currently working on BS ITSEC, but will be transitioning to the CSIA as soon as WGU opens it for current students... which will be Jan most likely for me... fortunately, there are some course overlap so I wont be wasting this semester
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    Well first update, I have my first test scheduled for tomorrow night (C182 - Intro to IT) and although I wanted to test earlier, my mentor was adamant on not rushing my first testing experience. My methods for studying for this course were pretty straight forward, complete the PA and then study up on the sections I scored below 'Competent' in.

    Hopefully all goes well with this and then I can move on to C836 - Fundamentals of Information Security.
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    Just took my test and passed with a 93! On to C836...hoping for ~1 week on this one, but I'll have a better idea of the time-frame as I start digesting the course material.

    Thinking of tackling C168 - Critical Thinking & Logic if all goes well this week and I'm able to stick to my ideal timeline.
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    C836 down after 2 days! Just received my results I passed my exam yesterday since assessment scores were delayed last night. Methods for this course were similar to C182...took my PA and received a 95% - went through course flashcards/end of module quizzes and then tested the night of.

    C168 here we go!
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    Just passed C168 20 minutes ago! It was a pretty straight forward class, so if anyone is reading then and wondering how it is, I suggest you take the PA and then just go through the 2 sets of practice questions at the end of the course. Those 3 tests combined will give you a good feel for how the OA is structured and worded.

    Next up:
    C846 - Business of IT Applications
    C173 - Scripting and Programming Foundations
    C683 - Natural Science Lab
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    C683 done and halfway through the C846 material!

    Taskstream took longer than I expected for my C683 assignment (~48 hours + another ~12 hour wait for a minor revision I needed to make).
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    C846 - Business of IT Applications just passed. Definitely over studied, but better safe than sorry....material is dry as hell and glad to be done with this one.

    Next on the list is C173 - Scripting and Programming Foundations. Hopefully I can knock this out in 1 - 1.5 weeks.
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    Just finished up with my OA for C173 and was glad to see I passed. Got an 80% which is my lowest score thus far on an exam, but its been a while since I've dealt with programming and I have 0 experience with UML diagrams.

    Next:
    C779 - Web Development Foundations (CIW-SDA certification)
    C839 - Introduction to Cryptography (EC-Council ECES certification)

    19 weeks left in my term
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    I'm know this is random, but does it bother anyone else they call them "Mentors"? I had my weekly call scheduled on Monday mornings (while at work), and always felt weird saying I had to "take a phone call from my mentor."
    "I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan
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    Quote Originally Posted by shoey View Post
    I'm know this is random, but does it bother anyone else they call them "Mentors"? I had my weekly call scheduled on Monday mornings (while at work), and always felt weird saying I had to "take a phone call from my mentor."
    Lol I suppose they are a mentor in a sense they are there to keep you on track/focused/accountable? Not sure...but doesn't bother me too much as most of my weekly calls with my mentor are 3-5 minutes.

    Update: Just tested for C779 and passed pretty easily as the cutoff score for this one is 63.33. Next up will be C839 which is probably looking like 2 week course for me realistically. I'm reading mixed things about the course material they provide so I may have to go a bit out of the box on this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NEODREAM View Post
    Update: Just tested for C779 and passed pretty easily as the cutoff score for this one is 63.33. Next up will be C839 which is probably looking like 2 week course for me realistically. I'm reading mixed things about the course material they provide so I may have to go a bit out of the box on this one.
    Doing the exact same right now. Sitting for C779 on Monday and trying to jump into C839. I'm interested in hearing anything at all from those who have taken the ECES exam.... from the practice questions in the WGU material, it seems pretty straight forward, but ya never know!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCalGuy858 View Post
    Doing the exact same right now. Sitting for C779 on Monday and trying to jump into C839. I'm interested in hearing anything at all from those who have taken the ECES exam.... from the practice questions in the WGU material, it seems pretty straight forward, but ya never know!
    I felt the same way actually, didn't do amazing on the pre-assessment as I don't have a lot of experience with some of the encryption methods that were listed like FISH, Skipjack, etc. However if anyone out there does have experience with the ECES exam I am all ears....seems to be very little information out there about this one.
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    Just completed the assessment for C839 (EC-Council Certified Encryption Specialist) and want to give a big shout out to the folks at ITProTV for their course on this one. Awesome videos that really helped with preparing me for this exam!! 1.5 weeks overall which was right in line with what I was hoping for.

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    C837 has just been completed.
    Now its onto C175 and C170 which seem like they will be a PITA considering everything I've read about how picky the graders are on the PA for C170.

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    Transferred - 48 CUs
    Completed - 30 CUs
    Remaining - 44 CUs

    16 weeks left in term.
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    C175 completed as of tonight. Now onto the dreaded C170, lord help me...hopefully all the ones who have spilled blood before me in this class will make it more bearable.
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    Nice work. I also transferred in 48 CUs. My list of remaining courses is similar to yours, except all my general credits are complete. I won't be starting until Jan 1, but I will be keeping an eye on this thread.
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    Awesome let me know if you have any questions about the courses and I'll try my best to provide some insight.

    In other news I just passed C170, I was able to get through the OA before the PA as it was kicked back twice for minor revisions (literally missing a sentence).

    Next:
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    C843 - Managing Information Security

    14 weeks left in term.
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    Good work. What did you think about C170? Was it as bad as most make it out to be?
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    Good work. What did you think about C170? Was it as bad as most make it out to be?
    The class isn't terribly hard, but the project is annoying as its quite vague when it comes to the graders. Luckily people are helpful in the Slack channel and there are lots of resources out there now to pull guidance from.

    Definitely one of my least favorite classes this far.
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    C842 completed, onto the next one.
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    C843 done with. Now I'll be going over the practice tests for C845 (SSCP), possibly looking to test in 1-2 weeks from now.

    12 weeks left in term.

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    Passed the SSCP provisionally today, now just waiting for the endorsement.

    Looks like I'll be able to add a couple more classes. Thinking of going with:

    C840 - Digital Forensics in Cybersecurity
    C841 - Legal Issues in Information Security


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