WEEK12

February 15, 2007

What do you believe are the two most important skills required by a good Systems Analyst?

A) The Two most important skills required for a System Analyst are: 

  1. Provide technical support and analyze the software problems and recommend the proper solution
  2. The Analyst must be responsible to design and maintain the data model.

Why?

A) The System analyst is the important role. He must be able to communicate with the other employees suggest a solution for the problems either in software or hardware. The software and hardware is the main necessity for an information system to be developed. He must be able to design and maintain the data model. The system analyst has to design the data models.  

If you were in charge of this course next term, what changes would you make to improve the course?

A) If I were the in charge of this course next term, I would implement enhanced teaching methods. I would make available all the material required for the students. I would make the course interesting and help the students achieve good marks in their final exams.  

Why?As to day, nothing can be achieved with hard work; everything can be achieved with interest. So unless students find interesting, they will not concentrate on their studies. So new methods of teaching should be implemented.

Week 10

February 4, 2007

The CQU current system is a heavy work involved process. It must be maintained regularly without any failures. Here are the suggestions required for the maintenance of the system.

 Maintenance Activities: This phase is an important phase because maintenance can determine the life of the system. There are 4 types of maintenance tasks are described below.

  1. Corrective maintenance
  2. Adaptive maintenance
  3. Perfective maintenance
  4. Preventive maintenance

 Corrective Maintenance:This method will diagnose and correct the errors in an operational system. The IT support staff will respond to the errors in various methods.First a User will submit a request. It will be evaluated, assign priority. If it is approved, maintenance team designs, test it, documentation, and give the solution. In smaller industries, the method will be simple. The process will be informal email and similar procedure like the above method. For a serious problem, the user will submit a request with a proof of error. This will be assigned a severe priority and the team will begin working on the problem immediately. The worst-case situation is a total system failure.  Adaptive Maintenance:This method will add enhancements to a system and makes it easier to use. This procedure is similar to routine corrective maintenance. This method of enhancement involves the following steps.·        User submits a system request.·        The request will be evaluated and prioritized by the committee.·        Maintenance team will analyze, design, code and implements.This method requires more IT resources than minor corrective maintenance. Adaptive maintenance is more difficult.    Perfective Maintenance:

This method will improve a systems efficiency, reliability and maintainability. During the operation, changes can cause a decline in efficiency. This method will improve system reliability. This method is not preferred in many organizations. Companies with less resources often adopt new systems development and above 2 methods than of this method. During the maintenance analyst often uses a method called Software Reengineering. Software Reengineering has several techniques to identify quality and enhancements in the information systems Depending upon the software reengineering system will be revised or migrated to other environments etc.

 Preventive Maintenance:

This method will avoid future problems. This method often results in user satisfaction.

  

WEEK 9

January 28, 2007

System Change Over:

It is the method of substituting the new information system and suspending the old system. The process may be swift or sluggish. There are 4 methods in System Change over and discussed below:

 

  1. Direct Cut Over
  2. Parallel Operation
  3. Pilot Operation
  4. Phased Operation

 

1. Direct Cut Over:

            This method causes the change over from the previous version to the innovated version to occur immediately when the new innovated system becomes active. It is the cheapest system.  

 

CQU now adopted a new technology. This implementation showed a rapid change in the announcements of the results. It is the least expensive method because the team will operate and maintain a single system with fewer employees.

 

But this procedure involves more risk than of advantages when compared with the other procedures. There may be some difficulties in system maintenance. It requires staff with much skill to operate the system. For some systems developed for house hold purpose are suggested to adopt the Direct Cut Over method as there is no other option.

 

2. Parallel Operation:

            This method requires the both old system and the new innovated systems operated parallel for particular time. The inputs are simultaneously given to both the systems and the results are obtained in the similar fashion. When the management is satisfied with the obtained result then the old system is terminated.

 

            The main advantage of this method is lower risk. If the new innovated system does not work accurately or trouble shooting, CQU can obtain the results from the previous systems and can give the result.

 

            The disadvantages are it is expensive because both the new and old systems are too maintained simultaneously. Staff must be employed for both the systems and it requires much money. But this process is not practical if both the systems are not technically compatible.

 

3. Pilot Operation:

            This operation involves the installation of the complete new system at specific locations. For instance, all the submitted assignments are to be forwarded to the main campus for verification and validation. In the above example, the group that uses the new system is called Pilot site. During the operation, the old system works continuously for the CQU. After the new system proves successfully at the pilot site then it will be implemented on the other part. Therefore it is the combination of the first two methods.

This method reduces the system failures when compared with direct cutover method.  

 

4. Phased Operation:

            This method makes you implement the new innovated system in phases. For example, we may not directly implement the system. But it is done in modules like, first announce the results through the system, then validate the assignment, verify the system and so on.

 

In a Phased Operation, the risk of errors will be in the phase only. This method is less expensive than other methods.

 

But this involves more risk of implementing like wise unless the system is divided into modules.  

           

 

After studying the above methods, I suggest the University to adopt the Pilot Cutover method because this method doesn’t have disadvantages when compared with other methods. As it can adopt any other methods when ever required.

WEEK 8

January 20, 2007

Article name: Wireless and Mobile Technologies in Education, 2002. Proceedings. IEEE International Workshop

 

The mobile technology is becoming highly sophisticated today. The development of the technology is just similar to the rapid enhancement of the technology of computers. Though the launch of 3G technologies is not so long, the companies have already started research on 4G technologies. Mobile phones are now becoming multifunctional devices.

 

According to the given article today mobile devices are now providing “Wireless E-Learning And Communication Environment”. The mobile devices are now facilitating some services, which provide teaching facilities. The basic feature is integrative, and helps the students know more about the updates of the class and subject.

 

But the mobile/electronic education must not replace the traditional education consisting of the tutors and the lecturers.

 Reference: Lehner, F.   Nosekabel, “Wireless and Mobile Technologies in Education, 2002. Proceedings. IEEE International Workshop”, 2002.

WEEK 7

January 13, 2007

·        What is the name of the innovation?The enhancement in the technology and the usage has changed the student lifestyle. Every device are now embedded with different features. It might be due to heavy competition or the enhancement in the technology. The innovation in the technology has brought the information made easy. Mobile devices are now embedded with the web technologies and sound systems. Ipods are providing massive storages. The name of the innovation is “Multi purpose System”. 

·        Describe the innovation and how it would work and the service it would provide to students? The mobile phones are now embedded with the internet facilities where students can easyly acess the internet and can obtain the information easyly. This some times helps the students to be upto date on the technology when there is no acess to the PC. Also the mobile technologies are embedded with the sound systems and digital photographs. The sound system is providing an alternative for the Ipods and music players. We can store many songs and can listen at any time and can enjoy the music with out the loss of clarity. The recent enhancements in the Ipods has created a new ideas to the student. These are providing a large massive data storage upto 4GB. So it can be used like a data storage devices and a music player.    

·        How did you identify this innovation? As the necessity is the mother of invention, students think more in a different way to make use of the technology. So students generally prefer to make use of technology differently and make use of it in their daily routine. So this gives us a new idea and work on it.

week 5

December 16, 2006

01 Recieve Assingments
02 GOTO 09 Raise an incident
03 GOTO 14 Record the incident
04 GOTO 18 Assign the offence level
05 GOTO 29 Decide on Penalty
06 GOTO 36 Apply Penalty
07 GOTO 41 Handle Appeals
08 GOTO 46 Generate Reports

09 Raise an incident
10 if Plagiarism Deteced
11   report it to cource coordinator
12 else
13  GOTO 08 

14 Record the incident
15 Send report to cource coordnator
16 get the details of the student
17 GOTO 04   
18 Assign the offence level
19 if student has no previous offence
20   Deduct marks for copied section
21   set level 1
22 else if student has found guilty of one previous offence
23   Set Fail
24   set level 2   
25 else if student has found guilty of two previous offence
26   Send to Exculsion committe
27   set level 3
28 GOTO 05

29 Decide penalty
30 if level1
31   Award marks as per offence level
32 else level2 or level3
33   Isuue warning
34 apply standard policy rules
35 GOTO 06

36 Apply penalty
37 Notice to the student
38 Suspend the assignment until outcome has been decided.
39 Return the assingment
40 GOTO 07

41 Handling Appeals
42 Appeal regarding the Misconduct
43 Approach concerned staff
44 Resend the misconduct report with modifications
45 GOTO 08

46 Generate Reports
47 Display Total number of students convicted
48           Number of offences at each of the three levels
49           The number of offences for each course
50           The number of offences for each campus

WEEK 4

December 8, 2006

academic-misconduct.gifWeek 4 assingment

WEEK 3

December 3, 2006

What services using mobile phones or other devices would CQU students like to see?

         The technology is increasing day by day. Students are very well aware of the technology and almost trying to be up-to-date. So students generally work hard in their due course. They will working continuously and have to concentrate on their studies simultaneously. So in order to overcome the stress, they prefer for a stress relief activities. Most of the students are interested in Music, chatting, spending time with friends. Many electronic goods provide different varieties of entertainment.

         Today the Telecommunication industry is facing a severe competition. To overcome the competition, they are implementing several plans. To attract the students, they offer different varieties of plans and gifts. The plans include issuing mobile devices. Students, who generally could not afford more money, will choose these plans. The features of mobile phones vary depending upon the company and the value.

The entertainment field also proved its competence. The recent introduction and reduced prices of IPODs, MP3 players have attracted students a lot. People show interest towards the items, which can provide more entertainment with less cost.

 What services would students find interesting and useful?

        Students mostly get tired during their course time. To overcome the stress, many students show interest in the music, entertainment, and site seeing. CQU identified the student’s problems and started some programmes to help the students to overcome these problems. It is offering some adventure programmes and site seeing packages. These help the students to keep away from tensions and homesick.

What might be the costs and benefits of these innovations?

                Today the technology has increased a lot. Many goods when introduced are very expensive are today available with least cost. To face the heavy competition, many companies are offering goods with more features for reduced cost.

             Through these reduced costs, many people show interest to purchase these goods, and make use of the technology. This reduces the stress in many people so that people can work for long hours and overcome their busy life.

What mobile devices do students own? Phones? MP3 players?

                   Students today are very much particular about the mobile devices and other electronic devices. They are showing interest in goods that provide much entertainment with less cost. Some of them are looking for performance rather than entertainment. It depends upon the student interest.

           Regarding the telephones, several companies are competing to attract customers. They are offering a good range of value to the products to attract many people. Also the wide range of entertainments on mobile phones has become a part of life in students.

              A student who generally doesn’t want a limitation for their enjoyment, they generally prefer for goods that has more features. MP3 players like IPODs are attracting many students, which provide more entertainment than a mobile phones.

              Another recent enhancement is Palm-tops. This is just similar to a PC which small as it can be holding on a palm. These are providing many facilities like data storage, and much more entertainment to the students to overcome the stress in their daily routine.    

WEEK 2

November 25, 2006

What is academic misconduct? 

A student who violates the university/college rules is inferred as Academic Misconduct. It may be of any type. Some of the best examples are plagiarism, proxy attendance, misrepresentation, and the other activities that defy the rules of the University. We shall now discuss some of them in detail.

 

Proxy is nothing but a person representing another person in the class room when he is not present. When the lecturer takes the attendance, some other person will respond to the name to provide attendance for that person. If the lecturer could not trace it, the student who was absent for the class will be getting attendance. If the lecturer could identify the person, it remains as a mark in his college life.

 

Plagiarism is a form of duplicating ones ideas and thoughts and creating it as their own work. When a student is assigned a work, he has to complete it by himself. If he could complete it by his own, it seems that he is following the regular classes and has a knowledge about the subject. But students due to laziness and doesn’t spare for hardworking generally copies the matter, edit some content and frames it up as their own work.

 

Misrepresentation might be in any from like producing several fake certificates. It may be in the form of medical certificate or qualification certificates. People who try to escape from their works/assignments; they generally provide some false certificates. Who doesn’t even have a qualified certificate and tries to continue their education for further studies.

    How is academic misconduct identified by CQU? That is how does the university find out whether or not a student has done something that might be academic misconduct? 

Every University has its own rules and regulations. Each are governed and regulated to maintain the discipline among the students. There are several strategies to control the academic misconduct of the student. Most of the concentration should be on Plagiarism, misrepresentation and proxy.

 

First of all, students must be advised and create awareness about the plagiarism. Students should be explained about the methods the University implements to identify the plagiarism. After establishing a clear idea about plagiarism, the staff should assign a task to the students, such that the work is not from the previous years, in order to control the plagiarism. And the work should make the students do more research.

 

Regarding the proxy, the professor/lecturer should take care about the student attendance. They must observe carefully while marking the attendance. Check weather the proper attendance is given or not.

  Based on your experience, what could CQU do to reduce student academic misconduct? 

Based on my experience, I have observed some of the methods followed by the university to weave the academic misconduct.

 

The university has created awareness about the plagiarism, which alarmed the students to be aware of the activities. This information made the students to do their own research work and submit it as per the schedule without any delay.

 

Also the rules during the marking of the attendance, made the students to be punctual to the classes. This marking should be done carefully. Lecturer should carefully observe the person who replies to the attendance.

 

The same strictness should be followed in misrepresentation. During the submission of the medical reports and the other documents, it should be examined carefully. These may be varied by the dates or concerned issued authority.

 

Reference: CQU Home page, Student Handbook, htp://webfuse.cqu.edu.au/Courses/2006/T3/COIS20025/Assessment/Background/Background/

 


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