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Introduction

  • Today we will talk about what an organisation or business will look at when recruiting and inducting employees
  • We will have a guest speaker: Rao Diwakar. Assistant Manager of ICT at Kangan Institute
  • Work on Assessment 1
  • Guest Speaker on Thursday: Michael Ball, Manager of SSR at Kangan Institute

Recruiting and Inducting Employees

Finding suitable staff for a business is central for the success and often the survival of a business. The task of having to find the right person falls to a manager responsible for the operational side of a business. At an institute like Kangan it is the role of a department manager to find suitable candidates. Some organisations may have a more centralised approach and get their HR (Human Resources) department to conduct the recruitment.

An organisation needs to first establish what position is available. This will depend on their needs.

Their needs will be written down in form of a Position Description.  A position description will make the task of finding the right person for the job more streamlined. From the position description the recruiter will develop a set of Key Selection Criteria. Key selection criteria are the skills, attributes, knowledge and qualifications essential for satisfying the requirements of the job.

Almost every job vacancy will have a list of Key Selection Criteria attached to it. Applicants who fail to address those in their application will most likely fail at getting the job.

Finding the Right Candidate for a Job... - Photo AdamRiley from www.projectnoah.org
Finding the Right Candidate for a Job… – Photo AdamRiley from http://www.projectnoah.org

In Class Task

What job or career are you interested in? Do a job search on SEEKCareerOne, GumTree or MyCareer for a job advertisement. Try to find the Key Selection Criteria for that position.

You might to search for a moment and you are likely to only find an excerpt of the criteria, generally the full list is available on request. Bookmark the ad.

Class Discussion

Share the Key Selection Criteria of your job advert with the class. Pick one and describe in your words what it means. Do you think that you would suit that criterion?

Guest Speaker

Rao Diwakar makes operational plans and decisions as part of his work . He is so kind to share some of his knowledge on operational planning, creation of KPIs, recruiting and inducting employees and performance monitoring and management strategies. It is a great opportunity to ask him questions. So, try to get as much information of him and use the time well.

Assessment 1

The rest of class time will be used for you to work on assessment 1. It is due on 4/6. You do not need to make the answers up, you can ask experts and get them to supply you with the answers – it is a research assessment.

Assessment 1

This Thursday

We will have a third and final guest speaker on Thursday (during our EDSS class) to give us an insight into this topic. The guest speaker is Michael Ball, the manager of SSR (Student Support and Recreation). SSR has a different purpose to ICT and it will be very interesting to hear his focus on operational planning.

The three guest speakers should make the completion of the first Assessment a walk in the park.

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Today’s Class

  • Introduction to Assessment 2
  • Web Design – Photoshop Workshop (in class)

Assessment 2 – Design a GUI

This assessment is a combined assessment for: Create User Interfaces, Visual Design Components, Information and Meta-tags!

Design a Graphic User Interface. You can choose to design for a Website or App.

First: think about a project. What do you want the GUI to be for? Think about a client scenario, who is your client and what is the purpose of the site or app? What do you want the user to do after visiting it?

Develop sketches and refine your design in Photoshop.

You will need 4 pages (example Website: home, about us, portfolio, …)

Make sure to include:

http://960.gs - A button that is hard to miss
http://960.gs – A button that is hard to miss

Web Design – Photoshop Workshop

In-class workshop. We will look at how to apply a grid system to a website design.

  1. Access the 960 Grid System site: http://960.gs/ and download their 960 Grid System Templates by pressing the ‘Big ol’ Download Button’. This will start the download of a comprehensive folder by Nathan Smith with 960 Grid System templates and plug-ins for Photoshop, DreamWeaver and many other programs.
  2. In template>Photoshop open the 960_grid_12_col template
  3. Save the file under a new name and in your class folder.
  4. Make sure the guides are visible (Command+; or Ctrl+;)
  5. Add horizontal guides (View>New Guide) at 245px, 255px, 265px, 500px, 510px, 520px, 755px, 765px, 775px and 1010px. Lock your guides (View>Lock Guides or Alt+Ctrl+;) These guides will make it easier to arrange your content and to allow for 10px margins.
  6. Use the M (Rectangular Marquee) Tool to create spaces for a banner, text content, image content and a menu. Fill the spaces with colour (Shift+F5). Place each on individual layers. Name the layers (banner, text content, etc)
  7. Place images (File>Place). Make sure that they are located on top of the layers with the colourboxes.
  8. Create Clipping Masks: make sure the banner image sits on top of the banner layer (with the colour space). Have only the layer with the image selected and right click on the active layer (beside the name of the layer) and click on Create Clipping Mask. Your image should take on the dimensions of the layer  below. – Alternatively you could use the short cut Ctrl+Alt+G (Cmd+Alt+G).

The 960_grid_12_col template is based on 12 columns. You can then place your text and images over 1, 2, 3 or more columns. The grid system allows you to organise your website in a visually pleasing way.

Inclass Tutorial - applying the 12 column based 960px grid to a website
Inclass Tutorial – applying the 12 column based 960px grid to a website
Examples of 16 col and 12 col variations of the 960 grid system - from 960.gs
Examples of 16 col and 12 col variations of the 960 grid system – from 960.gs

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EDSS is a combination of Create an Extensible Document (ICPMM491D) and Create an Extensible Style Sheet (ICPMM492D). This class is a cluster of the two units, that will be delivered together.

Overview

In today’s class you will learn about XML.

Today’s Class

Use the XML section on W3Schools and/or Tizag to 1.research and 2.document the points below.

Please document your XML research by  answering all questions in the document:>Class 4 – XML Documentation. Upload the completed document to MyKangan!

List of Questions/ Tasks

These questions can be found in the attached Word File.

  1. For what purpose was XML created?  Link: W3Schools – Home
  2. List some of the uses and benefits of XML!  Link: W3Schools – How canXML be used?
  3. XML documents are quite sensitive and the syntax (arrangement of words) must be followed exactly.
    Describe XML syntax:  what does it need to include and what is the structure?  Link:W3Schools – XML Tree Link:W3Schools – Syntax Rules
  4. What is an XML element and what may it contain? Link: W3Schools – XML Elements
  5. What are attributes? Give an example of the syntax (how it is used in XML). Link: W3Schools – XML Attributes
  6. What advice is given in regards to using attributes and elements in XML? What does the writer say about storing meta data and  storing data? Link:W3Schools – XML Attributes
  7. Define ‘Well Formed’ XML document and paste the example supplied on W3Schools! Link: W3Schools – Validation
  8. Define ‘Valid’ XML document and paste the example supplied on W3Schools! (Use previous link)
  9. What is the difference between a Well Formed and a Valid XML document?  (Use previous link)
  10. What does DTD stand for? What is its purpose? Paste the example of a DTD used on W3Schools.  Link: W3Schools – Validation    Link: W3Schools –Introduction to DTD
  11. W3Schools has a validator for XML. What does a validator do? Find other online or downloadable validators and provide links. Link:W3Schools -Validator
  12. View how CSS can be used to display XML. Explain what the CSS does by using an element and describing the outcome. Use the code provided at the link and a screen shot of the outcome. Link:W3Schools – XML with CSS
  13. What is XSLT? What does it do? Link:W3Schools – XML and XLST
  14. Imagine that you have an online shop and you need to adjust the prices. Use the supplied link and adjust the prices as this: Belgian Waffles:$ 4.95, Strawberry Belgian Waffles:$ 8.95, Berry-Belgian Waffles (SPECIAL):$ 7.95, French Toast $5,95, Homestyle Breakfast – $8.95
    Insert the XML code in the blue box! Link:W3Schools – TryIt Editor XML/CSS

W3Schools > We will use W3Schools when learning about the Markup languages.

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Good morning!

Well, I hope that it is a good morning for you.

Today, you will do research on Social Media and present in a customised PowerPoint presentation, with a customised background in Photoshop.

Create the Background

Step 1:

Create a background for PowerPoint in Photoshop.

Follow the in-class tutorial. Save the background as a PNG.

Step 2:

Place the background in PowerPoint. Follow the in-class tutorial.

Step 3:

Research

Icons-Social-Media

Social Media Research

Step 1:

Research 7  – 10 Social Media sites.

Step 2:

Take screen shots.

Step 3:

Describe the features of the site, the navigation, the technology, the short-comings

Step 4:

Put your findings in a PowerPoint presentation

Presentation

Present in class

 

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Introduction

  • We will commence the class by looking at the 5 contingency plan examples out of your own life (task from last class) and comparing them in class.
  • Next you will receive Assessment Task 1.
  • We will have a guest speaker: Sangeeta Alex. Manager of Customer Relations and Student Services

Personal Contingency Plans

Share your five plans with the other students. If in class share all your 5 examples, if online please submit your example as a comment.

Undo is not often an option in the real world... F.Viola
Undo is not often an option in the real world… F.Viola

Assessment 1

This assessment is due in 2 weeks. You do not need to make the answers up, you can ask experts and get them to supply you with the answers – it is a research assessment.

Assessment 1

Guest Speaker

Sangeeta Alex is a Manager at Kangan Institute. She is so kind to share some of her knowledge on how to implement operational plans and how to create KPIs. It is a great opportunity to ask her questions. So, try to get as much information of her and use the time well.

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Inspired by photos by emlyn and clarita from morgueFile.com

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Task – User Centred Design

Today we will focus on UCD or User Centred Design. UCD is also called Human Centred Design and is a way of designing interfaces and websites in general that places the user in the centre of all design efforts.

Please read the excellent text from W3C – Web Accessability Initiative and create a list of points (like a check list) that you can use to check if you have made the GUI user centred.

Assignment 1

I will check each student’s work for Assignment 1 (GUI Workshop) and provide feedback in class.

Please ensure to keep working on your assignment.

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EDSS is a combination of Create an Extensible Document (ICPMM491D) and Create an Extensible Style Sheet (ICPMM492D). This class is a cluster of the two units, that will be delivered together.

Overview

In today’s class you will do more JavaScript research by using W3Schools:

Read up on HTML on W3Schools

Read up on JavaScript on W3Schools

JavaScript - F.Viola
JavaScript – F.Viola

Today’s Class

Use the JavaScript section on W3Schools to 1.research and 2.document the points below.

You can document your research and definitions in a Word document. Use this template >JavaScript Documentation2  or create your own!

  • Describe what a Variable is in JavaScript terms. Give an example when you could use a variable.
  • Define Data Types in JavaScript! W3Schools refers to 7 Data Types.
  • Define Objects in JavaScript!
  • What are Comparisons and what are they used for!
  • What are Functions and what do they do?
  • Describe Loops!
  • What types of Loops are there and what are they used for?
  • Research examples for JavaScript use! List a 10+ uses and describe what the JavaScript does. >30 Brilliant Examples of JavaScript Use
  • What is JQuery and what does it do?
  • Try a JQuery Effect in the TryIt Editor, eg jQuery slideToggle(). Change some elements, eg text. Describe what it does. Do you like it?

W3Schools > We will use W3Schools when learning about the Markup languages.

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Today’s Class

  • Applying Step 1 of the Design Process: The Project Outline
  • Target Audience Workshop

Applying the Design Process –

Step 1: The Project Outline

  1. You must clearly define what is required to be designed.
    What requirements/problems must the design solve? – inform, promote, sell. define a mood, etc.
  2. Define the target audience?
  3. Determine format and delivery platform. Are there any specifications or constraints? Think about size, format, cost, time, colour, etc.

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Based on image by hotblack on morgueFile.com – F.Viola

Target Audience Workshop

When defining your target audience you might fall into the same trap as most people, you might define your target audience to broadly. It is a common mistake to assume that (potentially) everyone is your target audience. The mistake is the assumption that a larger target audience gives you a larger gruop of potential customers, buyers or clients. The reality is unfortunately different and I would like to clarify it with a metphor:

Love in the making… Cupid 1 says that he wants to shoot an arrow and hit any person in a park. He assumes that he will hit one eventually. He closes his eyes and shoots an arrow.

Cupid 2 aims for a specific couple, he studies them, estimates the distance, the direction and strength of the wind and then (and only then) takes aim on that particularly couple.

Cupid 2 has it right, he will get the target audience that he anticipated, his product (the arrow) is custom made for the task. Furthermore Cupid 2 takes the time to find the right people for each other, not just anyone…

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Source: GraphicsFairyBlog – click image for link

When defining your target audience you need to be specific and aim to get into the mindset of your audience. Understand what excites them, what interests them, what issues are important to them, how they communicate verbally and in social media. You want to understand what style appeals to them, what colour scheme is suitable and what other products, websites, apps, social media they purchase or frequent.

Clear Goal Media advises to find a niche market and ask yourself these 5 questions about your target audience:

  • Desires (things they aspire to but not necessarily need)
  • Values (a code of behaviour they define as ‘good’, ‘cool’ and /or  ‘appropriate’)
  • Needs (things within your niche they cannot do without and if you provide solutions will ‘hook’ them)
  • Can they pay for the products you promote or sell?
  • What is their level of expertise (you need to pitch your ideas slightly above that, but not too far above that).

Read the complete post by Clear Goal Media: How to define the target audience for your website?

Define Demographics and Psychographics

Inc. advices to define a target audience by looking at demographics (aspects related to the persons status and whereabouts) and psychographics (personal characteristics of a person).

Read the complete post by Inc. : How to Define Your Target Market

Think about demographic factors:

  • Age
  • Location
  • Gender
  • Income level
  • Education level
  • Marital or family status
  • Occupation
  • Ethnic background

Think about psychographic factors:

  • Personality
  • Attitudes
  • Values
  • Interests/hobbies
  • Lifestyles
  • Behaviour

‘Determine how your product or service will fit into your target’s lifestyle. How and when will they use the product? What features are most appealing to them? What media do they turn to for information?  Do they read the newspaper, search online, or attend particular events?’ Inc.

Create Personas

Finally, another important step in making your target audience more real and being able to reach them on a more personal level is creating personas. Personas are a customised target audience. What it is you are actually naming your target audience segment and give them a personality. The idea of personas is to make your target audience more real and to give them a face with needs and characteristics.

Read more about Personas on: Raventools’ How to define your target audience the right way

Create 2 -3  personas for the target audience of the student diary cover.

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Introduction

In the previous 2 weeks we looked at the terms:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Operational Planning
  • VMB board
  • KPI – Key Performance Indicator

All these terms need to be seen in relation to applying an operational plan.

Today’s class is about contingency planning.

Contingency Planning

Contingency planning is an important part of operational planning. A contingency plan is basically an alternative plan or a ‘Plan B’, when events do not turn out as planned.

You could refer to it as Planning for Disaster by anticipating potential problems, or events that could have a negative impact if not dealt with (by using an alternative plan).

‘Events not turning out as planned’ could mean either an emergency or simply a change of events (leading to a change of plans). Life is really a lot about change, so life is in a sense about contingency plans.

Here are some examples:

  • (Events as planned) You were going to make Sticky Date Pudding for desert at a dinner party > (Emergency or problem) You realise too late that you have forgotten to buy an important ingredient, eg cream > (New or Contingency Plan) Your contingency plan may be to use an alternative or to quickly go to the 7/11 and buy cream at a higher price
  • (Events as planned) You are about to start a group assignment with 2 other students (Emergency or problem)  One students gets very sick and will not be able to meet you in person > (New or Contingency Plan) You decide to collaborate online, using Google or other online conference and sharing tools or You decide to drop that student from the group and approach someone else
  • (Events as planned) Rudi B has 3 children and and his wife is a full-time mother (Emergency or problem)  Rudi loses his job and monthly income. > (New or Contingency Plan) His Income Protection Insurance provides him with an ongoing income for 18 months. He has time to look for a new job.
  • (Events as planned) We are in class at Kangan. It is a beautiful day (Yong is sleeping, Lucine is not on Facebook and Adam is glad that Toni is back in class).  > (Emergency or problem)  The fire alarm rings! (New or Contingency Plan) We follow the Contingency Plan which is the Emergency Plan. We leave the class room, the teacher locks it and we assemble in the car park.
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Photo by clarita on morgueFile

You see that all these examples are simple and easy to deal with. Each requires a different level of foresight and each emergency or change of events may be dealt with differently.

Contingency Plans are necessary on many levels:

  • Supplies of ingredients for a restaurant – it is worse to run out of an ingredient when someone pays for the food!
  • Anti Terror Laws and Measures are a form of contingency plan.
  • Increase of petrol prices will require transport businesses and suppliers to react (this may be an increase in their fees)
  • A cheaper competitor that undercuts the prices of an established brand and wins customers over will have an impact on the prices of the established brand.

Contingency Task

Think of 5 scenarios for something going wrong or not to plan in your life and write down:

  • the event as planned (eg driving to TAFE)
  • the change of events or emergency (eg the car breaks down)
  • the contingency plan (eg SMS Federico and come by Public Transport)

Keep it simple and have ready for next class. 😉

Here are some simple examples and explanations online:

Example of Contingency Planning for a student

Contingency Plan for Music Video