Tuesday, 27 June 2006

HN Information Technology

Just to keep everyone up-to-date.

The HNC Information Technology is a validated course and now available to centres.

The HND resulting from this award has been validated subject to certain conditions being addressed. The QDT (Qualifications Design Team) reckon that they have addressed these conditions and the Validation Team were re-convening to review this work on Thursday the 29th of June. However, due to operational issues, this meeting in now being re-scheduled for mid-August (hopefully the 16th). If you require any additional information about this award then please contact Angela Lees ( or by telephone (0845 213 5475).

Mike Jannetta

Friday, 23 June 2006

New Unit - e-Facilitating: Theory and Practice

We have validated a new unit in online facilitating (DX1A 34 e-Facilitating: Theory and Practice) which is aimed at teachers, lecturers, trainers etc who are looking to participate in online learning.

The outcomes cover the following areas:

How traditional face-to-face teaching methods can be transposed to the online forum
The theory in relation to creating a supportive online framework for candidates
Facilitating and participating in a forum-based activity

This unit is at SCQF level 7 and is 1 HN credit.

To download the specification, please access the HN Search facility on the SQA website.

Sunday, 18 June 2006

HN Multimedia Review (1st Focus Group Meeting)

Two Focus Group meeting have been organised to gather initial findings from the field to help shape the tasks that have to be addressed during the review of these awards. The 1st event has held in Jury's Inn on Friday the 16th and it turned out to be a very worthwhile and constructive event with 26 representatives from centres. The 2nd event is on Friday the 23rd June (10am), Apex Hotel, City Quay, Dundee and you or a colleague can book your place at the following weblink –

Mike Jannetta

PC Passport Review

Another development enters a reviw stage -

The PC Passort QDT (Qualifications Design Team) held its 1st meeting on Thursday the 16th of June. This event was held in The Marriott Hotel with the aim of the meeting to define the developments. There are many task which have to be undertaken in this project.

The QDT members are -

Anne Forrest (Lead)
Janet Bennett (Kilmarnock College)
Lynn Donald (Cumbernauld High School)
Susan Burns (Broughton High School)
Gavin Innes (Aberdeen College)
Jacqui Bower (Dunfermline Centre)
Isobel Roachford (Lauder College)
Marion Falconer (Adam Smith College)
Eric Forrester (Bishopbriggs Academy)
Hugh McDiarmid (Adam Smith College) (verifier)
HE Representative still to be allocated to this group

The team are reconvening at the beginning of August to move these developments forward.

Mike Jannetta

Wednesday, 14 June 2006

Case Study Leaflets - SVQs in IT

Calling all centres currently delivering SVQs in the following areas:

IT User
IT Practitioner
IT Professional

Do you have candidates who have completed their group award and would be willing to produce a brief case study which would be published as a SVQ glossy leaflet for promotional purposes?

If so, I would be grateful if you could get in touch direct with myself where I would be happy to discuss further.

Showcase Event - Live Link

The letter (as detailed in Mike's earlier blog entry) relating to the Computing & IT Showcase Event being held on Friday 18th August at the Radisson Hotel (Glasgow City Centre) should be winging it's way to you if it has not yet reached your desk.

The RSVP live link is below for those who would like to book a place - Remember, places are on a first come first served basis so you are advised to book early !!

Look forward to seeing you there =)

Saturday, 10 June 2006

e-enabling of HN Examinations

A group of verifiers are working on the production of 9 Assessment Exemplar examinations for next academic year (ie 2006-2007). There will be three assessment exemplars covering each of the following awards -

HNC Interactive Multimedia Creation
HNC Computing
HNC Information Technology

These will be available on the SQA secure website early in 2007. There will also be an opportunity for a number of centres to pilot the delivery of examinations using the SOLAR facility.

Mike Jannetta

HNC Information Technology Update Event

An event was held in the Marriott Hotel to bring centres up-to-speed with the HN Information Technology developments. The HNC Information Technology is now a validated course available to centres from August 2006.

The position with the HND is that this course is validated with 'conditions'. The HN Information Technology QDT (Qualifications Design Team) reckon that they have addressed the conditions set against the HND. This work will be reviewed on the 29th of June at the meeting of the Validation Team.

If you wish to find out any additional information then please contact Angela Lees ( or by telephone on 0845-213-5475. There is a Showcase Event being held on the 18th of August when there will be another opportunity to attend an update session for this award if you have missed it! To book for this event which is showcasing not only HN Information Technology but a number of different products visit the following rsvp weblink -


Mike Jannetta

1st Meeting of the Multimedia QDT

The HN Multimedia QDT (Qualifications Design Team) held its 1st meeting on Wednesday the 7th of June. This meeting was held in The Optima Building with the aim of the meeting to define the developments. The QDT members are -

Bob Porteous (GCNS) (Lead) (
Willie Pettigrew (Jewel & Esk Valley College)
Joanna McGillvray (Edinburgh’s Telford College)
Gerry Rafferty (Glasgow Metropolitan College)
Derrick Duncan (Angus College)
Syd Woods (North Glasgow College)
Fiona Murnin (Motherwell College)
Mark McPhee (Adam Smith College)
Mahmood Al-Sabbagh (Cardonald College)
Scott Campbell (James Watt College)
Jim Spry (Central College)
Bob McGonigle (Lead - DIVA Project)
HE Representative still to be allocated to this group

Now the next steps are the Focus Group Meetings which are being held on the 16th (Jury's Inn, Jamaica Street, Glasgow) and the 23rd of June (Apex Hotel, Dundee) to collect the feedback from individuals within centres.

We look forward to your support.

Mike Jannetta

Wednesday, 7 June 2006

Roadshows - Modernising Scottish HN Provision

Funded by a Scottish Funding Council award and a European Social Fund grant, the Modernising Scottish Higher National Provision (MSHNP) project has, over the past two years, revised nearly one hundred HN qualifications and created around 1,000 Assessment Exemplars.

The MSHNP project is presently developing a new online assessment system and high quality learning and teaching materials that will be provided without charge to centres in Scotland.

As well as other subject areas the materials produced relate to HN Computing, HN Multimedia, HN Computer Games and PDA ICT in Libraries.

The work is undertaken by a partnership comprising specialists in colleges and other learning centres, the Scottish Further Education Unit, Colleges Open Learning Exchange Group (COLEG) and ourselves.

You can learn more by attending one of our four MSHNP Roadshows:

Glasgow - Wednesday 21 June (morning)
Glasgow - Wednesday 21 June (afternoon)
Edinburgh - Thursday 22 June
Dundee - Tuesday 27 June
Inverness - Thursday 29 June

To book a place, complete the form on the webpage by clicking on the URL below: