Bulletin of Applied Computing and Information Technology.
Vol 1, Issue 1(November 2003).
Welcome to the first issue of BACIT, the new online publication of the
National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications (NACCQ). The issue
contains five papers and an editorial preface written by our guest editor Dr
Brian Cusack. BACIT is launched as a tool to help build our research base and
as a place where new writers can write and learn from the experience. The
Bulletin is editorially reviewed and the editors have worked closely with a
number of the authors to get their papers ready for publication - in the belief
that mentoring amongst ourselves is the best way to develop a strong research
culture. We will mention it specifically where an article has been blind
reviewed by peers.
Research is possible
|Dr R.H. Barbour
Aspects of the research process are considered from the
points of view of supervisors, students and researchers. The sequence of
developing research capability is described in relation to conventional
preparation though course work. The process of managing research is discussed
in relation to the tasks that the people concerned complete. Successful
strategies are outlined and problems identified.
Modelling whakapapa with system dynamics: Developing ICT tools for
|Alan T Litchfield
The issues dealt with here are not associated with any
perceived difficulty a researcher may have in gathering information, nor do
they relate to the amount of effort a person must exert in the validation of
their findings. The specific problem has more to do with the tools that are
currently available to the family history researcher and whether they help or
hinder their efforts with regard to collecting and making use of tribal
A brief introduction to agile methods and the Collective X research
This document presents a definition of agility and a brief
historical review of the agile movement. As an example of agility, a
brief introduction of eXtreme Programming and Boehm and Turner’s risk
based approach to development are outlined. An overview of Collective X
discusses the application of the principles of eXtreme programming to a
teaching environment as a research project.
Making research work for you: Responsibilities and pitfalls
A large number of postgraduates in the computing disciplines
in Australia and New Zealand are full-time teaching staff in universities and
colleges. The completion rate can be slow, as many face competing priorities at
work and at home, so any way that student progress can be effectively improved
is a bonus for the postgraduate, the institution and others around them. This
paper discusses aspects of postgraduate research, including responsibilities
and pitfalls. learning community.
Free computing courses in New Zealand: Considering their impact and
Thousands of people throughout New Zealand are now able to
access free, basic-level computer training at a range of institutions. This
movement which started at UCOL in Palmerston North in 2000, has now spread
across polytechnics and institutes of technology to private education
providers. In some cases partnerships have developed with schools and other
organisations, so that the free training courses can be offered in small and
rural communities, or together with private enterprise.
Auckland University of Technology
Auckland University of Technology
|Editorial panel and reviewers for this issue
||Dr Donald Joyce, UNITEC
Dr Clare Atkins, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
Tony Clear, Auckland University of Technology
Andy Williamson, UNITEC
Dr Colin Boswell
Eastern Institute of Technology
Copyright © 2003 NACCQ. Krassie Petrova and
Brian Cusack (Eds.). An Open Access Journal, DOAJ # 11764120. Individual
authors retain their intellectual property rights.