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Thursday, 31 May 2007

Give us your opinion

We issued a recent request for the completion of a questionnaire covering the next phase of the National Certificate in Digital Media Computing at SCQF Level 6 and the batch of NPAs which we are taking to validation at the same time. The plan is to take these to validation immediately after the summer break.

If you haven't taken the opportunity to give your opinion then could you please visit the following weblink -

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=xAK1ng%2bil6WaHH9ejLCTQA%3d%3d

Your support would be appreciated.

Mike Jannetta
Qualifications Manager

Following on from the last posting

Following on from the recent e-mail, re the development of e-learning materials.

I would like to advise the field that there are developments just being started, through ESF funding, to produce e-assessment materials covering a number of additional units within the HNC Information Technology and the new proposed HNC Interactive Media (being presented for validation on the 8th of June).

At the moment, it is planned that this development will produce e-assessment materials in the following areas and should start appearing in the SOLAR assessment engine from August onwards with our planned completion date of November or December 07 -

HN Information Technology (27 assessments covering)

Outcome Unit Name

1 PC: First Line Support
1 IT: Legislation and Codes of Practice
1 Decision Support and Intelligent Systems
1 e-Commerce: Introduction
1 e-Commerce: Introduction
1 e-marketing
2 e-marketing
3 e-marketing


HN Interactive Media (90 assessments covering)

Outcome Unit Name

1 User Interface Design
1 Project Management for IT
1 Creating Digital Images
1 Bitmap Graphics: Advanced Techniques
1 Vector Graphics: Advanced Techniques
1 Web Development: Essential Content
1 Web Development: Complex Content
1 Web Development Standards and Legislation
1 Client Side Scripting for Web Applications
1 Managing Database Systems using SQL
1 2D Animation
1 Website Development: Foundations
1 Internet and Network Development: Foundations
4 Internet and Network Development: Foundations

If you wish any information on the SOLAR project then please visit the website (www.solarproject.org) where you can find out the assessments that are currently available for delivery through this assessment engine or contact Graeme Clark (Graeme.Clark@sqa.org.uk) or Joan Morris (Joan.Morris@sqa.org.uk) directly.

Regards

Mike Jannetta
Qualifications Manager

Production of e-learning Materials (Phase 3 and 4)

Other e-learning materials are being built up on the following website -
http://www.e-learning-computing.com/index.htm
If you visit this website then items B - G are complete and H - O are either complete or nearing completion (3 still to complete). This e-mail identifies the developments within Phase 3 and Phase 4 of this project. This project will be showcased at the event being held at Hampden Park on the 22nd of June.
The next phase(s) of this project are just starting .....

Phase 4
We have been successful in getting the financial backing for the development of e-learning materials for the proposed HNC Interactive Media through an ESF bid. This HNC Interactive Media award is "hot off the press", in fact, it isn't there yet as validation is due for the 8th of June! The e-learning items that we will be developing materials for are -

1 Interactive Media: Planning (new unit)
2 Interactive Media: Authoring (new unit)
3 User Interface Design (new unit)
4 Digital Media Creation (new unit)
5 Client Side Scripting for Web Development (new unit)
6 Managing Database Systems using SQL (new unit)
7 Internet: Web Development Standards and Legislation (new unit)
8 Project Management for IT (new unit)

We would expect materials for Phase 4 to be available by October /November 07.

Phase 3
There will be an e-learning pack produced for the following items under this phase -

1 DH3D 35 Software Development: Relational Database Systems
2 DM32 35 Software Development: Linked Data Structures
3 DM31 35 Software Development: Array Data Structures
4 DH3H 35 Systems Development: Structured Design Methods
5 DH39 34 Internet: Introducing e-commerce
6 DX43 35 IT: Legislation and Codes of Practice
7 DV6J 35 Internet: Web Technology and Security

We would expect materials for Phase 3 to be available by March 08.

Additional Item
We have also commissioned the development of an e-learning pack (as someone volunteered!) for the unit DW7J 11 Social Software within the National Certificate in Digital Media Computing and we expect this pack to be available in August/September 07.

Regards
Mike Jannetta
Qualifications Manager

Update on the Validation Status of the National Certificate in Digital Media Computing L4 and L5 & the Associated NPAs

1 Validation Status (all awards)
We are just about ready to go back to the Validation Panel and reckon that we have addressed all conditions and most of the main recommendations. The item that is holding us back here is not the SSC approval, which I expected, but there are about 6 or 7 unit IDs missing. We hope to publish the definitive NC DMC frameworks @ SCQF L4 and L5 within the next 10 days. We also hope to have the award IDs at this time.

2 ASP (Assessment Support Pack)
The ASPs vetting/verification production is under way with us giving the PC Passport awards priority. We expect that all ASPs will be complete, as scheduled, by the end of June, however, this is a big job and will take time to complete. Once we are finished, it will take the SQA Publication's Team time to get these items with the correct look and uploaded to the SQA Secure Website.

3 Qualifications Support Team
We am looking to recruit a team across the sector (ie schools, FE and training providers) to support and modify these awards (ie NC DMC, NPAs - including PC Passport) as per the new SQA procedures to maintain awards. If you have any members of staff who would be interested in assisting the SQA in this area could you please get them to e-mail me their details (deadline 1st June)? We would like an initial meeting to discuss how this process works with the selected members of this QST before the end of June.

Mike Jannetta
Qualifications Manager

HN Information Technology

Please note that the following units have been added to the HNC Information Technology framework here at SQA -

DE3M 35 Statistics for Business
DM34 34 Supporting Users and Troubleshooting Desktop Applications
DM35 34 Supporting Users and Troubleshooting a Desktop Operating System

If you require any additional information then please contact Angela Lees (Angela.Lees@sqa.org.uk).

Regards

Mike Jannetta
Qualifications Manager

Validation of National Certificate in Digital Media Computing at SCQF Level 6 & Associated NPAs


Folks

We are preparing the National Certificate in Digital Media Computing at SCQF Level 6 and a number of NPAs for validation. The date we have for the internal validation is the 3rd of September but we have the summer holidays to cope with before this!

We require as many individuals as possible to give us feedback on the proposed NPAs at we have identified to take to validation at this time. We wish to gather feedback on 11 NPA awards and the questionnaire can be found at the following weblink -

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=878733860379

Please take a some time to complete this questionnaire as the results are very important to the validation process.

Thanks, in anticipation.

Regards

Mike Jannetta
Qualifications Manager