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Wednesday, 31 May 2006

18th of August - Showcase Event

Keep this date free in your dairy!
This is a large update event which will be covering a number of products, new and old in the SQA Computing team's protfolio, and has been arranged for all staff in centres (12 products will be showcased on the day). Why not use it as a staff development day? This event is being held at the Radisson Hotel, Argyle Street, Glasgow and correspondence will be sent out by snail mail and posted on Smartgroups within the week with the usual rsvp link service.

More details very shortly ..... if you can't wait then contact me (mike.jannetta@sqa.org.uk) directly!

Mike Jannetta
We had another very productive day a week past Saturday and a big 'thanks' must go out to the QDT members that were able to attend. I have uploaded the qualifications map to a number of Smartgroups (within the frameworks folder) and we hope that you like the content? If you have any feedback on this qualification map then please allow everyone to see your comments via the National Certficate Smartgroup!

You will see that there are themes working from left to right through the different levels of the award(s). We am now in a position to confirm that we have the budget necessary to work this development forward. We am now seeking writers to take on a complete theme from left to write which will involve writing between 1 to 6 specifications depending on these themes. We am now looking for volunteers (ie writers) and have set aside Saturday the 17th of June (In Optima Building, 58 Robertson Street, Glasgow) as a training day for those who are taking up this work. For those who volunteer, it is a must that you attend the training event (which you will be paid for as it is a Saturday). If you would like to be considered for some of these developments could you contact me directly on 0845 213 5473 or by e-mail (Mike.Jannetta@sqa.org.uk) (e-mail probably the best option).

Regards

Mike Jannetta

Thursday, 18 May 2006

HN Unit Specifications - Update

We have updated a number of HN Unit Specifications within HN Computing, HN Multimedia & HN Computer Networking where we have identified outcomes that can be assessed using the SQA Electronic Assessment System.

A section has been added to the `Support Notes' of each of the following `version 2' units detailing additional information:

DF66 34 Multimedia Computing: Audio and Video 1
DF64 34 Multimedia Computing: Animation 1
DF60 35 Internet: Web Development
DF62 33 Internet: Introduction to Technologies
DE2Y 34 Multimedia Fundamentals
DF68 34 Multimedia Computing: Multimedia Technology
DG06 35 Internet: Web Server Management
DF69 34 Multimedia Computing: Screen Based Graphics

You can download the most up-to-date unit specification from the SQA website.

Tuesday, 16 May 2006

Multimedia HN Developments

I am writing to advise you of the start of the review process covering the following qualifications –

• G7A5 15 HNC Interactive Multimedia Creation
• G7A6 16 HND Interactive Multimedia Creation
• G7DD 15 HNC Multimedia: Web Development
• G7DE 16 HND Multimedia: Web Development
• G7DF 16 HND Multimedia: Computing

Focus Group meeting are being held to gain feedback from front-line practitioners on these two awards. These meetings will be held in two locations and we are seeking your support for these events. Individuals should register for these events by following the correct website link for each venue as follows –

16th June (10am), Jury's Inn, Jamaica Street, Glasgow
http://rsvpregister.com/event.php?69029

23rd June (10am), Apex Hotel, City Quay, Dundee
http://rsvpregister.com/event.php?50732

Queries relating to these awards should be referred to Angela Lees (telephone 0845-213-5475 or e-mail angela.lees@sqa.org.uk).

There is a dedicated online community to support these awards. The e-group is available at the following URL:

http://www.smartgroups.com/groups/hnmultimedia

The community serves as an excellent resource for centres which offer these awards. I would urge you to subscribe. You may also wish to subscribe to the Jisc mailing list (http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/scot-fe-online.html ).

Monday, 15 May 2006

ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library)

We are working to create a PDA around the ITIL standards and currently looking for centres that may be interested in participating in this activity.

If your centre is interested in this award please contact Caroline Douglas (telephone 0845-213 5476 or e-mail) to record your centre's interest.

Regards

Mike Jannetta

SQA e-mail: mike.jannetta@sqa.org.uk
SQA Tel. No: 0845 213 5473

2nd Year Validation of award from HNC Information Technology

The articulating HND from the HNC Information Technology is due to go back to the VP (Validation Panel) to establish if the conditions which have been place on it have been fully addressed. The re-scheduled validation event is scheduled to take place on Thursday June the 29th and the QDT (Qualifications Design Team) assure me and are hopeful that they have achieved the outstanding items indicated by the VP.

In the meantime, an event is being held at the Marriot Hotel, Glasgow (8th of June) to bring centre representatives up to speed with the validated HNC Information Technology. The plan for the event is that in the morning the HNC Information Technology, which has been validated, will be introduced. In the afternoon the QDT will explain the contents of the proposed HND and take feedback from the field. I hope that your centre can send at least one representative to this event.

You can register and record your place by following this link -

RSVP Link

Registrations will be accepted on a first-come basis. Please note that you can request a copy of the presentations without attending the event.

Please contact Angela Lees (angela.lees@sqa.org.uk) if you require further information relating to HNC Information Technology.

Regards

Mike Jannetta
Qualifications Manager

Sunday, 14 May 2006

Exemplar Production


Here are a number of individuals hard at work from Motherwell, Langside, Adam Smith and Glasgow Met. Colleges.

Workshops were held on Friday (12th) and Saturday (13th) to progress the assessment exemplars which will be available in July/August. There are a total of 32 assessment exemplars in production covering the following awards –

HNC Games Development
HN Multimedia Creation
HN Mutimedia Web Interaction
HNC Information Technology

Mike Jannetta

Tuesday, 2 May 2006

NC Computing Developments

The lead consultant for this award is Walter Paterson (ex-HMIE) (walt@paris.com) and he has completed his initial report. This will be reviewed now by the QDT (Qualifications Design Team) in detail.

As part of the development process, there will be a public seminar organised near the end of August to discuss the contents of their findings and gather details of the way forward.

Please contact Angela Lees (angela.lees@sqa.org.uk) if you require further information relating to the NC Computing and Information Technology developments.

Mike Jannetta

Consultants Required for Developments

HN Multimedia Developments
The HNC/D Interactive Multimedia Creation and the HNC/D Multimedia Web Development are both entering a review process and we are now looking for a consultant to lead either or both these developments. We are also recruiting a QDT (Qualifications Design Team) to support these developments. If you are interesting in taking a lead in this important initiative or joining the QDT (Qualifications Design Team) then please contact Angela Lees (angela.lees@sqa.org.uk).

PC Passport Developments
PC Passport is now entering a review process and we are now looking for a consultant to lead these developments. We are also recruiting a QDT (Qualifications Design Team) to support this lead developer in making this popular award more successful. If you are interesting in leading this important initiative or joining the QDT (Qualifications Design Team) then please contact Caroline Douglas (caroline.douglas@sqa.org.uk). Any general enquires regards the contents of this award should be directed to Vanessa Ranaldi (vanessa.ranaldi@sqa.org.uk).

Mike Jannetta

HNC Information Technology

I am pleased to report that the HNC Information Technology award was validated in April and available to centres from August 2006. We are working on the definite HNC Information Technology Arrangements Document which will be available shortly. The QDT (Qualifications Design Team) are working towards the lifting of conditions for the HND of this award. As part of the development process, there will be a public seminar to discuss the contents of the HNC Information Technology award with an update on the HND development. This seminar will take place on 08/06/06 at the Marriott Hotel (Glasgow) where the QDT will present additional information relating to this award. Further details of this event are available at the following URL where you can also register for the event:

http://rsvpregister.com/event.php?57065

Registrations will be accepted on a first-come basis. Please note that you can request a copy of the presentations without attending the event.

Please contact Angela Lees (angela.lees@sqa.org.uk) if you require further information relating to HNC Information Technology.

Regards

Mike Jannetta

Updated Contact Details

The Computing Team at the SQA have moved to a new home. The new address is Optima Building, 58 Robertson Street, Glasgow, G2 8DQ. The updated contact details for the team are

Joe Wilson Business Manager 0845 213 5389
Bobby Elliott Qualifications Manager 0845 213 5408
Mike Jannetta Qualifications Manager 0845 213 5473
Vanesa Ranaldi Project Manager 0845 213 5474
Caroline Douglas Qualifications Officer 0845 213 5476
Angela Lees Qualifications Officer 0845 213 5475
Joan Morris Projects Officer 0845 213 5405
Tony Hamilton Administration Officer 0845 213 5472

Please note that it is only the postal address and telephone numbers that are changing with all e-mail addresses remaining the same. The main SQA telephone number (0845 279 1000) to the SQA Contact Centre is remaining.

Regards

Mike Jannetta