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Tuesday, 19 December 2006

HN Computing Digital Learning Materials

The CD-ROMs (HTML & SCORM V1.2) containing interactive materials produced using Course Genie for the following Units have been distributed to SQA Co-ordinators at all FE Centres:

DH2T 34 - Computer Architecture 1
D75X 34 - Information Technology: Applications Software 1
DH3E 35 - Software Development: Structured Programming
DH35 34 - Computing: Planning
DH33 34 - Computer Operating Systems 1
DH21 34 - Working within a Project Team

This material is also available online at the following URL:

http://www.e-learning-computing.com/

Tuesday, 12 December 2006

Electronic Noticeboards

An informal method of communication within the field, via Smartgroups, have been withdrawn and we have set up a number of Yahoo groups which are detailed below –

svqit-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
(SVQ)

sqahncomputingit-subscribe@yahoogroups.co.uk
(HN Awards (Cognate Groups 357 & 358))

NationalCertificateDMC-subscribe@yahoogroups.co.uk
(NC Digital Media Computing)

elearningpdas-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
(e-learning suite of PDAs)

SQAPCPASSPORT-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
(PC Passport)

We would like to invite you, and/or colleagues, to join the forum(s) which may help you to connect with other practitioners in the field. To join send an e-mail to the owner of the group(s) that you wish to be a member.

Examination Exemplars

In a previous correspondence it was stated “Previous HNC Computing examination exemplars are being withdrawn from the SQA secure website as these are now considered to be in the ‘public domain’. It is recommended that these should not be used as summative assessment but it is suggested that they can be used for practice or prelims. Using any version which has been withdrawn may cause difficulties at any central verification event.” So a centre should use the newly published exemplars as follows –

· 3 x HNC Computing (ie v7, v8 and v9)
· 3 x HNC Multimedia Interactive: Creation (ie v1, v2 and v3)
· 3 x HNC Information Technology (ie v1, v2 and v3)

The new exemplars covering the aforementioned HNCs will be available from the SQA secure website (as soon as possible). These exemplars, along with a prelim, are also available for delivery through the SQA SOLAR e-assessment project for those centres that we are working with on an e-enabling project.

Please contact Caroline Douglas (caroline.douglas@sqa.org.uk) 0845 213 5476 if you require further information relating to this development.

Modification to Unit Specifications

No further changes will be made to unit specifications in this academic year. Any proposed modification to specifications will take place next summer (ie July 2007) when we will write to centres to give an update on these changes as recommended by the QST (Qualifications Support Team).

Please contact Mike Jannetta (mike.jannetta@sqa.org.uk) 0845 213 5473 if you require further information.

Heads of Centre/Computing Meeting

This event is being held at the SFEU, Argyll Court, Castle Business Park, Stirling, FK9 4TY on the 1st of February 2007. In order that we know which centre individuals are attending could you please register your attendees (up to 2 per centre) at the following link – http://rsvpregister.com/event.php?484957

This event is a continuation from the last event held in Glasgow in November. At this event, we stated that there was a lot happening, here at the SQA, so this event is being held for the following reasons –

To keep FE centres up-to-date with the current developments -

  • PC Passport
  • NC Digital Media Computing
  • HN Multimedia Awards (suite)
  • And others
  • DIVA project – New Partners and Developments
  • PDA Developments
  • Trends in Computing

Please contact Angela Lees (angela.lees@sqa.org.uk) 0845 213 5475 if you require further information relating to this Heads of Computing/Centre event.

PDA Event

This event is being held at SFEU, Argyll Court, Castle Business Park, Stirling, FK9 4TY on the 19th of January 2007 and you, or individuals from your centre, can register by visiting the following web link – http://rsvpregister.com/event.php?14881

This event will officially launch the following awards –
  • G7WM 15 PDA Certificate in Computer Support
  • G7W4 15 PDA Certificate in Desktop Support
  • G7WN 17 PDA Advanced Certificate in Database Programming
  • G7W5 17 PDA Advanced Certificate in Systems Administration
  • G7WP 18 PDA Advanced Diploma in Network Technology
  • G7W6 18 PDA Advanced Diploma in Systems Engineering
  • G5X2 17 PDA Advanced Certificate in Networking
  • G8E7 15 PDA Certificate in IT Service Management
  • G7WW16 PDA Diploma in Applications of ICT in Libraries
  • G7WV18 PDA Advanced Diploma in Applications of ICT in Libraries
This event is targeted at managers, or front-line staff, with each of these PDAs being covered in a morning session. In the afternoon, we will be hosting workshops which are designed to assist us in establishing items that could be introduced to help stimulate the evening and part-time provision in the Computing and IT area.

Please contact Caroline Douglas (caroline.douglas@sqa.org.uk) 0845 213 5476 if you require further information relating to this event.