thought i would share this with everyone.
i found a max/msp tutorial video, which has been done in a university. talking about the different objects in max/msp 4, but can easily be converted to max 5, because it is just talking about what it is doing. and what can be done.
have a look on the iTunes U, and search for max/msp. the video be around an hour long.
i have not sat down properly to have a look but did have a gander and thought some of the things that i did see were useful to know for people starting max.