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BCS Core Diploma module

Having already embarked on the BCS Diploma in IT, we are now left with the Core Module Professional Issues in Information Systems Practice. Yesterday was the start of the new semester and we were handed with the appropriate introduction to the version 2 syllabus of the module.

The aims and objectives of the module are:

Aim: To understand the context – ethical, social, legal, financial and organisational – in which professional Information Systems Engineers work

•Show an understanding of the role of professional codes of conduct and apply them to specific situations
•Understand the nature and legal standing of a range of organisations
•Understand the range of functions that exist in an organisation, the need for organisational structure and the characteristics of various types of structure
•Understand and read, at a basic level, a balance sheet, a profit and loss account, and a cash flow statement
•Understand and calculate, in simple cases, the basic information needed for day-to-day financial management
•Understand the main pieces of legislation that apply to the profession and recognise situations to which they are relevant
•Understand the mechanisms used to protect computer software and the reasons for such protection

The required books for reading are:

Professional Issues in Software Engineering – Frank Bott et al

I had ordered this book from eBay UK and the delivery was made within one week.

During the lecture, the discussion was on the IT Profession.  Quote from Chapter 1, The Engineering Profession:

Chambers, 20th Century Dictionary defines profession as : employment not mechanical and requiring some degree of learning, a calling, a habitual employment; the collective body of persons engaged in any profession;

By collective body, in UK it is:

  • the collective body controls entry to the profession;
  • the collective body is self governing and self regulatory; in the sense that it establishes and enforces a code of conduct on its members;
  • the collective body is established either by a Royal Charter or by a statute (Act of Parliament) which defines the extent and requires it to undertake certain duties and responsibilities.

Discussion was about the structure of the engineering profession. The presentation at the University of Mauritius by The Council of Registered Professional Engineers in Mauritius was of much help to the topic being discussed in the classroom.

25 responses

  1. Veelasha

    Nice flowery bedsheet 😀

    7 June, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    • mechiiiiiiiiii……..actually the sheet is on my table de bureau. 😆
      It is currently replaced by yet another green flowery sheet

      7 June, 2009 at 4:30 pm

  2. been long havent come on ur planet lol 😀 this bcs thingy seem super interesting

    7 June, 2009 at 2:52 pm

  3. You seem to be very motivated and enthusiastic about the course. Best of luck with it. It does seem impressive. 😀

    7 June, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    • Hi Morinn!
      Yes, I had always wanted to know ‘What is to be an IT professional’ ? This module will hopefully guide me to clean up this ignorance.

      Thank you for the best wishes. Am as determined as before and consider the new challenge of working 40 hr and studying during weekends. Its something new, its something exciting!

      7 June, 2009 at 10:33 pm

  4. Naizlah

    To start the adventure in world of professionals you better be well equipped,this diploma will surely be advantageous, more than a degree in CSE. It is from an international institution well-known in professional world. Good luck for this new challenge but like Mr Dirpal would say you do not need luck but hard work. I know you are hard working you’ll win this successfully.

    9 June, 2009 at 12:58 pm

  5. idowu odupitan

    Hi, I intend to start the BCS professional exams soon. I really don’t know whether to write the October certificate paper as I’m not sure 3months will be enough to prepare. From your experience with the exams, I’ll like you to advice me on how to go about preparing for the exams as I have a full time job. I look forwardto hearing from you.


    9 July, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    • Hi idowu odupitan! Welcome to my blog.

      It depends on which level of exams you are wishing to undertake. I cannot advise you unless you tell me whether you are willing to do the BCS Certificate modules. Furthermore your level of IT knowledge or practical experience in this field would help in formulating a good advice.


      9 July, 2009 at 12:22 pm

  6. idowu odupitan

    Thanks for your response. YES, I am interested in writing the certificate exams. I currently have few years experience in IT (hardware and networking). I do not have any programming experience. Do u think it is advisable to put in for the october exams. Need ur advice.

    9 July, 2009 at 3:04 pm

  7. idowu odupitan

    Thanks for that. I’ll put in for Information systems and computer & network technology papers. Can u help with the electronic version of some of the recommended textbooks, especially for Information Systems.

    9 July, 2009 at 4:41 pm

  8. idowu odupitan

    Thanks so so so so much. Since I work full time, how many hours of study should I dedicate to cover up ??? Thanks once again.

    9 July, 2009 at 5:56 pm

  9. Natheesha

    I failed the core module two times.But i never failed in other subjects.what shall i do?I studied all.

    6 August, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    • Hi Natheesha!

      Ben, you have to give the core module another try. It very important and up to the professional level.

      Me gonna sit for the module in October 2009. Wish me good luck! 😀

      6 August, 2009 at 2:59 pm

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  11. kevi

    Hi,plz advise if BCS qualifications are worth it. Thx.

    19 September, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    • Hello Yes. They are worth it.

      I did university degree and bcs qualifications at the same time.

      22 September, 2014 at 10:15 am

    • kevi

      Hi thx for ur reply. Just wanted 2know, u did BCS diploma in IT right?

      22 September, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    • yes..did my pgd and professional project

      22 September, 2014 at 4:01 pm

  12. kevi

    Hi thx once more for your prompt reply. I’ll b applying for BCS in the coming days. By the way, where did you do your BCS? Which school?

    24 September, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    • infoclub

      24 September, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    • kevi

      i’ll be applying to Elite business school in Ebene. Hey, I can c u recommended a book : Professional Issues in Software Engineering . Does this have anything to do with Programming itself? I mean to write codes, etc…. thx.

      24 September, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    • Hi Kevi. No. in this book, programming is not covered. Programming was in the module ‘software development’ at certificate level.

      8 October, 2014 at 8:21 pm

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