Monday, 30 June 2008

HND Computer Games Consultation Event

An invitation to the HND Computer Games consultation event was despatched to all FE centres last week. This event is being held on Tuesday 12th August in the Carlton Hotel in Edinburgh from 10.00am until 12.30pm.

If you would like to attend, please contact Scott Miller at to book your place.

We have chosen this date to coincide with the Edinburgh Interactive Games Festival, which specialises on gaming and games culture. This takes place from Sunday 10th August until Tuesday 12th August at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Click on the following URL for more information:

Thursday, 26 June 2008

SFEU Computing subject network event

SFEU held a subject network event for Computing today at Central College in Glasgow.

John McCann opened the event with an interested potted history of the subject. his talk brought back many happy memories for me of such things as the Advanced Courses Development Programme that commenced in the 1980's.

I had a couple of speaking slots - one on HN developments and one on the new NC awards. The HN presentation was interesting because part of it related to some of the issues surrounding the subject relating to uptake, success rates and student satisfaction. Ron Dillon gave a fascinating talk on the issue. There doesn't seem to be single reason but the contents of some SQA units appears to be part of the problem.

Monday, 23 June 2008

Guide to Assessment

SQA has recently updated its Guide to Assessment.

Read this document on Scribd: SQA Guide To Assessment

It contains vital information for every assessor.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

HND Interactive Media consultation

An online survey was opened today relating to the HND Interactive Media development. More info on the dedicated blog. The survey can be directly accessed here.

HNC Interactive Media Assessment Exemplars

We now have 11 Assessment Exemplars uploaded to the secure site for Interactive Media. There is only one more to come, the Graded Unit. This is currently in its final stages and should be available on the secure site by the end of June. Your SQA coordinator will be able to download the following:

Client Side Scripting for Web Applications
Digital Imaging: Bitmap and Vector
Digital Media: Audio
Digital Media: Video
Interactive Media Planning
Interactive Media Authoring
Internet: Web Development Standards and Legislation
Manage Database Systems Using SQL
Project Management for IT
User Interface Design
Wed Development Essential Content

Monday, 16 June 2008

IBM - Teach the Teacher Event

As you may know, we have recently appointed a Qualification Development Team (QDT) to take forward the production of an HN Unit which will cover the above IBM course content and will be available for inclusion into various HN Group Awards from 1st August 2008. The Unit value will be 2 credits (80 notional hours) at SCQF Level 7 and currently has the working title of ‘Multi User Transactional Operating System: Operator’. The writing process for this HN Unit is now underway.

IBM have arranged a five day ‘Teach the Teachers’ course available to all FE staff, which will take place from Monday 18th August until Friday 22nd August 2008 – this is an excellent CPD opportunity for those individuals in attendance. This course covers the IBM System i Operator Course and will assist lecturers in delivering the new HN Unit. There are a limited number of available places on this course, therefore, places will be booked on a first come first served basis.

The course will take place in Cumbernauld Business and Conference Centre, Town Centre, Cumbernauld G67 1HU. To book a place (only one per centre) please contact Scott Miller by e-mail ( or by telephone (0845 213 5472).

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

New NPA awards

SQA has two types of validations: a "group award validation" and an "operational validation". The group award event is the one where a panel check the qualification proposal from an educational and employment perspective. Many of you will have served on such a validation panel in the past. An operational validation is an internal process to check that the proposed award "will work" - in other words, SQA can actually implement it.

Today we had the operational validation for three new NPAs:
  • NPA Still Images, Audio and Video (at SCQF Levels 4 and 5)
  • NPA Animation (at SCQF Level 5).
There were a few minor conditions but nothing serious. The next stage is the group award validation, which will take place later this month.

All three awards will be available to centres from July. Please contact Angela for more information.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Extension to PC Passport

As many of you will know, the original PC Passport suite of awards was refreshed during 2006/7 and the revised awards came on-stream in August last year.

We had planned to let the original qualifications run out ("lapse" in SQA-ese) in July 2008 - which would mean that we would not accept any new entries after this date. But I've had several e-mails and other communications from centres that want to continue to run with the original awards and, after some internal consultation, we intend to extend the lapsing date to July 2009.

So this means that you can continue to enrol students onto the original awards for another year. But this is really a safety net for those centres who were unaware of the changes since the new awards offer many advantages over the original ones (such as improved assessments).

I'll be writing to centres in the near future to let them know formally. In the meantime, contact Caroline for more information about the old or new PC Passport awards.