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Acquire IT Competency

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IT Professional

We have learned about IT Competency in our first course. The text-book said that IT Competency can be described as follows:

– Being conversant in the language of computers and information technology
– Feeling comfortable using and operating a computer system
– Being comfortable in cyberspace
– Understanding the impact of computers on society, now and in the future
– Being an intelligent consumer of computers, computer hardware, software, and other non-hardware-related computer products and services

Competency is associated with skill. Someone is said has competency in certain area if that person has relevant and sounding skills on that area. One of IT Competency framework defines this association is described in this site:
http://www.ctg.albany.edu/publications/reports/nysit_statewidesurvey?chapter=6&section=2 .

You can acquire those skills in many ways: class, training, practice, apprentice, join IT forum and community, and others.

Discussion:
From your experience, what is the best way to acquire IT skill? Share your experience or your point of view.

(Discussion open until 10 November 2009)

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Everything about Computer Information Technology course

Textbook:

“Computers Information Technology in Perspective” 12th Ed. Larry Long & Nancy Long. Prentice Hall.

Lecture material can be download here: http://wps.prenhall.com/bp_long_computers_12 (the Companion Website for book)

About this textbook:
Providing an overview coverage of computing/IT concepts and applications for beginners, this book has been updated to keep readers abreast of the thousands of changes in this rampaging technology; currency is the top priority. Over 150 new or updated images reflect the latest releases and innovations in software. Everything has been adjusted to reflect the state of the art. Beginning with a comprehensive section called “Getting Started,” this book covers such topics as the technology revolution, software, inside the computer, storing and retrieving information, networks and networking, going online, information technology ethics, personal computing, information systems, business information systems, and technology and society. This book provides useful and relevant information for anyone who uses a personal computer whether at home or in the office.

Once you have read and understood the material in this text and have acquired some hands-on experience with computers, you will be poised to play an active role in this revolution.

  • You’ll be an intelligent consumer of PCs and related products.
  • You’ll be better prepared to travel the Internet and take advantage of its wealth of resources and services.
  • You’ll become a participant when conversations at work and school turn to computers and technology.
  • You’ll be better able to relate your computing and information processing needs to those who can help you.
  • You’ll know about a wide variety of software and services that can improve your productivity at work and at home; give you much needed information; expand your intellectual and cultural horizons; amaze you, your family, and your friends; and give you endless hours of enjoyment.
  • Achieving IT competency is the first step in a lifelong journey toward greater knowledge and interaction with more and better applications of IT. IT competency is your ticket to ride. Where you go, how fast you get there, and what you do when you arrive are up to you.

    (source: http://www.amazon.com/Computers-Information-Technology-Perspective-11th/dp/0131405721/ref=reader_auth_dp)

    Computer around Us

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    atm

    I am sure most of you have used computer. Maybe only once a month, for instance when you withdraw money from ATM (Auto Teller Machine). It is a computer that you face: monitor where you see the menu, keyboard where you input the pin number, and of course the CPU inside the ATM box that connected to the bank networking). Or maybe once a week you go to Warnet to check email and update your facebook. Or maybe every day in your office you use computers to write an article, to design a poster, or maybe to program an application. Is that all the computer around us ?

    Now we go to the bank. Take your queue number ! (it is computer that printed the coupon that provides the sequence number). You have to listen and pay attention to the queue number display (it is computer that provide update to the queue number that next to served). Then you go to the teller table. After the teller counts your money, she inputs the transaction to the bank's system, printed the transaction in your bank book, and stamped the deposit form. The teller uses the computer as the interface to the bank's system. The system that is a computerized system then communicate with the back end system (database) to update your deposit. Now if you check your account through ATM you can see that your deposit has increased as much as your last deposit.

    Discussion
    There are many other places you can find where computer is used. Now it is your turn to tell the story where you can find computer and what it does for us .... (clue: supermarket, cinema, secure parking, post office, production house, etc).

    (discussion is opened until 18 October 2009)