Bulletin of Applied Computing and Information Technology.
Vol 1, Issue 2(December 2003).
Welcome to the second issue of BACIT 1(2), the
online publication of the National Advisory Committee on Computing
We have expanded the coverage of the Bulletin. In
An Editorial by our guest editor Dr Terri Lomax
from the Auckland University of Technology.
The Views Section (new) introduces Gordon Stegink -
an American scholar currently at the Auckland University of Technology.
The Articles section includes a selection of five
papers on computing and computing education practices (originally presented at
the NACCQ Conference 2003).
Reports section (new) contains a report on the state of computing
qualifications in New Zealand prepared for NACCQ '03 by NACCQ Executive Chair,
BACIT was launched as a tool to help build our
research base and as a place where new writers can write and learn from the
experience. As a rule, submissions to the Bulletin are reviewed by members of
the Editorial board; we welcome contributions requiring blind peer review and
will mention them specifically.
for Papers - Volume 2 is now out. We welcome research papers, research and
project reports and opinion pieces on computing theory and practice, on ICT
education and ICT innovation and development.
If you interested in
submitting a paper to BACIT, you can read the submission requirements and
download a template here.
For further information please contact the Editors, or e-mail your paper as
Krassie Petrova (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Michael Verhaart (email@example.com
Editorial: What is computing knowledge? What is new in teaching
One of the things about life is that it takes twists and
turns that one may never expect. It is our knowledge and understanding of the
world that allows us to survive those unexpected, and make sense of the world
as we knew it, and as we know it now. Computer science has changed the way that
we view the world. Our knowledge and understanding of our world has markedly
changed the way we think. I never expected to be teaching programming...
What am I doing here?
I've been asked to answer that question many times, and when
the editor of BACIT gave me a chance to articulate an answer, I thought I
should take that opportunity. Of course the answer will be nothing profound,
but if it helps people get acquainted and stimulates a bit of thinking, perhaps
it is worth it.
Epistemology and computing studies
Computing is a field of study that has evolved from
traditional disciplines in mathematics and science, and now covers a very large
and general array of knowledge. As a field of study Computing is defined by the
way objects are included rather than by any that may be excluded.
Teaching computer science: an NLP perspective
Neuro-Linguistic Programming offers a rich set of practical
tools that can profoundly influence human performance and achievement. It has
its origins in models developed to describe the intuitive techniques used by
exceptionally gifted psychotherapists. It is an epistemology, describing how we
know what we know, as well the processes that humans use to competently as a
methodology that creates models describing perform specific tasks.
Teaching technology to the Playstation generation
Today's computing students arrive in our classroom familiar
with a wide range of technologies. They are used to rapid change and fast
paced, interactive environments. This is the Playstation generation and
engaging them in the classroom requires us to be innovative and creative with
our learning strategies.
Prevalence of online assessment? Causative factors
Online assessment tools are ‘advertised’ with the
promise that setting and marking assessment tasks can be more efficient. So why
are they not prevalent at tertiary level? This paper seeks to investigate the
reasons behind this from both an online author’s and student’s
Using a third party language with Microsoft's .NET
In addition to the inevitable hype, Microsoft’s .NET
initiative has introduced several interesting technical features such as the
move from APIs to namespaces and the integration of different programming
languages. The .NET Framework will allow developers to use at least sixteen
languages in addition to Microsoft’s mainstream VB and C# .
NACCQ qualifications: A performance review and future developments
In 1986 a committee, consisting of industry and polytechnic
computing representatives, was formed to design a new qualification in
computing that would replace the outdated New Zealand Certificate in Data
Processing... [NACCQ] has continued to strive to serve its member institutions
over the last fifteen years by endeavouring to keep up with, and ahead of,
developments in the rapidly changing field of Information and Communications
||Krassie Petrova (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Auckland University of Technology
||Dr Terri Lomax (email@example.com),
Auckland University of Technology
||Dr Donald Joyce, UNITEC
Dr Samuel Mann, Otago Polytechnic
Krassie Petrova, Auckland University of Technology
Michael Verhaart, Eastern Institute of Technology
||Michael Verhaart (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Eastern Institute of Technology
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and Dr Terri Lomax (Eds.). An Open Access Journal, DOAJ # 11764120. Individual
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