Bulletin of Applied Computing and Information Technology

06:01

December 2008/January 2009

Bulletin of Applied Computing and Information Technology.
Vol 6, Issue 1 (December 2008/January 2009).
ISSN 1176-4120.

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Welcome to BACIT 6(1)

  • Editorial
    • BACIT@Six
      -
      Krassie Petrova
  • Invited Article
    • My year in france
      - B. Dawn Medlin 
  • Refereed Articles
    • A1. Incoming first year university students: Does confidence equate to computing competence
      - Shirley Gibbs, Theresa McLennan
    • A2. Commercial opportunities of open source software
      - Albert van Aardt
    • A3. One step ahead of teaching object-oriented programming
      - Min-Jie Hu
    • A4. Curriculum alignment: Lessons from a panel session
      - Garry Roberton
    • A5. ICT in rural New Zealand: A review of the literature
      - Fouad K. Shiblaq
  • Book Reviews
    • B1. Information systems and technology education: From the university to the workplace
      - Susan Bennett
  • Conference Reports
    • C1. CWC 2008: Networking in action
      - Diane Strode, Sue Chard
  • Directions (Research-in-Progress)
    • D1. Use of virtual environments and the selection of measurement parameters for the treatment of phobias
      - Mauricio Plaza Torres

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For further information contact the Editor: Michael Verhaart (mverhaart@eit.ac.nz)


Editorial

BACIT@Six

Krassie Petrova
( krassie.petrova@aut.ac.nz  )
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... The dominant theme of the issue is ‘teaching computing’ – new ideas, new approaches, shared experiences. The importance of computing, and information and communications technology (ICT) education is even more enhanced by...


Invited Article

My year in France


B. Dawn Medlin, Appalachian State University, USA
(medlinbd@appstate.edu)
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During the 2007-2008 academic year I was fortunate enough to be selected to teach at a university in France – the University of Angers. There were several interesting facts surrounding my selection to teach in France.


 Refereed Articles

A1. Incoming first year university students: Does confidence equate to computing competence

Shirley Gibbs, Theresa McLennan
(gibbss@lincoln.ac.nz, mclennan@lincoln.ac.nz)
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There is a perception that students entering tertiary education have appropriate computing skills for study purposes and there is no longer a need for introductory computing courses in business programmes.   

A2. Commercial opportunities of open source software

Albert van Aardt
(avanaardt@northland.ac.nz)
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‘How can you make money if you give the software away for free?’ is a common retort offered by people when discussing the concepts of Open Source Software (OSS). While it is true that OSS can be free...   

A3. One step ahead of teaching object-oriented programming

Min-Jie Hu
(min@tairawhiti.ac.nz)
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Teaching programming is hard. Teaching object-oriented programming (OOP) is even harder. It is often an obstacle to persuade students to believe in the advantages of OOP when they study the course. Often the reuse of code...

A4. Curriculum alignment: Lessons from a panel session

Garry Roberton
(garry.roberton@wintec.ac.nz)
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Curriculum alignment (CA) is referred to often as a collaboration between secondary schools and tertiary providers with regard to curriculum pathways. The purpose of aligning the curriculum is to facilitate the removal of barriers between ...

A5. ICT in rural New Zealand: A review of the literature

Fouad K. Shiblaq
(shib@clear.net.nz)
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Many scholars argue that the term digital divide should include social and economic as well as technological factors. There are four cultural factors affecting ICT provision in rural New Zealand: political, economic, social and technological...


Book Reviews

B1. Information systems and technology education: From the university to the workplace

Susan Bennett
(susan.bennett@wintec.ac.nz)
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As an information technology educator teaching in a New Zealand tertiary institute I have often been concerned for how well equipped my students are for the workforce. As there appears to be a current focus...


Conference Reports

C1. CWC 2008: Networking in action

Diane Strode, Sue Chard
(diane.strode@vuw.ac.nz),(sue.chard@whitireia.ac.nz)
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CWC is the Computing Women Congress, a biennial event for women in computer science and related fields to meet, network, learn, and encourage one another in their careers. Such events are needed in the current climate of low interest in.....


Directions (Research-in-Progress)

D1. Use of virtual environments and the selection of measurement parameters for the treatment of phobias

Mauricio Plaza Torres
(mplaza200@yahoo.com)
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Medical personnel evaluate patients suffering from phobias without having absolute control of the variables of measurement that might affect the condition or its degree of intensity over time. Identifying metrics ...


Editorial Board

Executive Editor Krassie Petrova, AUT University, New Zealand
Web Editor Michael Verhaart, Eastern Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Editorial Board Members Tony Clear, AUT University, New Zealand
Dr Donald Joyce, UNITEC, New Zealand
Issue Editors Graham Bidois, AUT University, New Zealand
Diane McCarthy, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Nick Wallingford, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, New Zealand
Reviewers Albert van Aardt, Northland Polytechnic, New Zealand
Tony Clear, AUT University, New Zealand
Dr Eddie Correya, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Dr Brian Cusack, AUT University, New Zealand
Dr Donald Joyce, UNITEC, New Zealand
Alan Litchfield, AUT University, New Zealand
Diana Kassabova, AUT University, New Zealand
Dr Richard Klette, AUT University, New Zealand
Diane McCarthy, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Dr Dave Parry, AUT University, New Zealand
Anne Philpott, AUT University, New Zealand
Amitrajit Sarkar, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Jochen Schmidt, AUT University, New Zealand
David Skelton, Eastern Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Diane Strode, Whitireia Community Polytechnic, New Zealand
Charles Tsui, Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Dr Wai (Albert) Yeap, AUT University, New Zealand
Malcolm Wieck, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, New Zealand

Copyright © 2008-2009 NACCQ, Krassie Petrova and Michael Verhaart (Eds.).  An Open Access Journal, DOAJ # 11764120. Individual authors retain their intellectual property rights.