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Monday, 23 April 2007

HN/SVQ Computing & IT Showcase Event 2007

Following on from the first successful event held by the HN Computing & IT Qualifications Team last August we are hosting the next showcase event on the 22nd of June at Hampden Park, Glasgow (booking by rsvp link http://www.rsvpbook.com/event.php?492528). This event is focusing on Training Providers and FE centres where we will be showcasing a number of existing awards, new awards and modifications to awards, amongst the items to be showcased will be -
  • HNs (Computing, Networking, Interactive Media, Multimedia, Computer Games Development and Information Tech)
  • National Certificate in Digital Media Computing (SCQF Levels 4 and 5)
  • National Progression Awards (4 new awards)
  • PC Passport (Refresh)
  • Professional Development Awards (new and current awards)
  • ICT in Libraries
  • DIVA project (details of this project can be found at http://www.sqa.org/diva)

Places are limited and these are available on a first-come basis. If you wish additional details of this event the please contact Tony Hamilton ( mailto:tony.hamilton@sqa.org.uk).

Mike Jannetta
mike.jannetta@sqa.org.uk

Wednesday, 11 April 2007

PDAs in E-Learning

There have been some changes within SQA with regard to the portfolio of e-Learning PDAs listed below:
  • Certificate in Online Learning
  • Diploma in E-Assessment
  • Diploma in E-Learning: Production
  • Diploma in E-Learning: Delivery
  • Advanced Diploma in E-Learning

This portfolio of awards now fall under the remit of Mary Garrity (mary.garrity@sqa.org.uk) and Lynne Malcolm (lynne.malcolm@sqa.org.uk) who have responsibility for Training , Learning & Development where we felt this subject area sat better with.

If you have any queries relating these awards, please contact either Mary or Lynne at the above e-mail addresses.

Tuesday, 10 April 2007

HND Computing Arrangements Document

The HND Computing Arragements document for both Software Development & Technical Support has been updated and uploaded to the SQA website.

The most current version is now 'Version 2.0' - I would recommend that you to refer to this version at all times as there have been amendments made to structure information, units within optional sections, credit transfer and links to vendor exams.

We are currently working on updating the HNC Computing Arrangements document and this should be available for download in the next 2-3 weeks.

Sunday, 1 April 2007

National Certificate in Digital Media Computing (SCQF Levels 4 and 5)

Just to keep everyone up-to-date ...

These awards are now validated subject to a number of conditions and recommendations. We are beavering away to lift these conditions and consider the recommendations. We are hopeful that these awards will be ready for the 1st of August for centres. We are currently uploading draft specifications to the NC on-line community Yahoo group for perusal by individuals within centres. The complete refreshed PC Passport awards are within these National Certificate Digital Media Computing awards and these draft specifications can be found at the PC Passport on-line community Yahoo group.

If you do not have access to either of these closed on-line community groups then please send an e-mail to either or both of the following e-mail addresses -

NationalCertificateDMC-subscribe@yahoogroups.co.uk

SQAPCPASSPORT-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

There are 60+ ASPs (Assessment Support Packs) under development and we hope to have these available by the end of June 2007.

Mike Jannetta
mike.jannetta@sqa.org.uk

New Award - NPA Web Design Fundamentals (SCQF Level 5)

This new NPAs (National Progression Awards) will be available to centres from the 1st of August and each award consists of 3 units which are -

F181 11 Computing: Web Design Fundamentals
F180 11 Computing: Interactive Multimedia for Website Development
F182 11 Computing: Web Design and Development

This award will cover -

· Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main technical and design considerations in designing a website.

· Produce and optimise graphics for the World Wide Web to a given brief.

· Create a web page for use on a web-server using basic HTML features to a given brief.

· Plan an animation for inclusion on a website.

· Create an animation and incorporate it in a website.

· Plan and design a digital narrative for inclusion on a website.

· Create a digital narrative for inclusion on a website.

· Test and evaluate a digital narrative.

· Produce a plan for the design and creation of a website to a client’s requirements.

· Design a website to a client’s requirements.

· Construct and upload a website which includes text and graphics.

· Test and evaluate a website.


The rationale behind this NPA Web Design Fundamentals is to address a demand for provision of an entry-level qualification in web design, especially one that may be gained through short-course provision. This award is supported by vendor materials.

Please contact Angela Lees (Angela.Lees@sqa.org.uk) if you require further information.

Mike Jannetta
mike.jannetta@sqa.org.uk

New Awards - NPAs Internet Technology (SCQF Levels 4 and 5)

These new NPAs (National Progression Awards) will be available to centres from the 1st of August and each award consists of 3 units which are -

NPA Internet Technology (SCQF Level 4)
PC Passport: Introduction to the Internet and On-line Communications
F0H5 10 Internet Safety
Information Literacy Skills

This award will cover -

NPA in Internet Technology (SCQF Level 4) (Outcomes)

· Identify key components, terms and issues associated with the use of on-line communications

· Locate information using basic Internet/intranet facilities

· Use e-mail and on-line forms to communicate electronically

· Plan an information task

· Identify a range of information sources and use them to investigate a chosen information task

· Evaluate the selected information

· Review search results and suggest possible improvements

· Identify threats that exist when using the Internet

· Describe safety precautions which should be taken when using the Internet

· Describe legal constraints which apply when using the Internet

· Take appropriate safety precautions and operate within relevant legal constraints when using the Internet


NPA Internet Technology (SCQF Level 5)
PC Passport: Internet and On-line Communications
DN81 11 Weblogs
DW7J 11 Social Software

This award will cover -

NPA in Internet Technology (SCQF Level 5) (Outcomes)

· Describe components, services and issues relating to the use of on-line communications

· Carry out searches for information using the Internet/intranet

· Send and receive e-mail using routine Internet/intranet facilities

· Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of variety of on-line communication methods

· Describe the development of social software and various types available

· Locate and review social software of various types

· Use social software to perform specific social tasks

· Locate and review blogs of various types

· Create a blog to perform a specific information task

· Track selected blogs


The NPAs will offer candidates a foundation into making safe and legal use of the Internet in carrying out the handling of information and research. These awards will also introduce a range of Internet tools to access, retrieve and exchange information from the Internet or an intranet locating and using social software that promote interaction and collaboration through to reviewing and creating a weblog.

Please contact Angela Lees (Angela.Lees@sqa.org.uk) if you require further information.

Mike Jannetta
mike.jannetta@sqa.org.uk

New Award - NPA Digital Literacy (SCQF Level 3)

This is a new NPA (National Progression Award) which will be available to centres on the 1st of August. It consists of 3 units which are -

Digital Communication Methods
Digital Numeracy
Digital Computing

This award carries 4 core skills across the award (Information Technology, Communications, Numeracy and Problem Solving).

Please contact Vanessa Ranaldi (Vanessa.Ranaldi@sqa.org.uk) if you require further information.

Mike Jannetta
mike.jannetta@sqa.org.uk