IT, Professionalism, Operating Systems & Annoyances

(After only 7 minutes waiting at the Cottingham railway crossing “A Wild Train Appears…!” )

Today has been a good day on the whole, It started with our first ever Information Technology and Professionalism lecture in The Wilberforce building — the one that doesn’t look like a boat. The basic overview of the IT part of the course involves;

  • Word Processing Skills
  • Spreadsheet Skills
  • Database Skills
  • Enterprise Computing
  • Information (Management, Systems and the Internet)
  • Understanding the costs to business / business use of IT
Furthermore the professionalism side of the course covers;
  • The Concept of professionalism
  • Professional Ethics and good practice
  • The Law and Computing
  • Technical Writing Skills

It looks to be an interesting course, and I am looking especially forward to the group work in semester two, which involes creating a database running on a Microsoft SQL Server back-end and presenting a Powerpoint presentation to the year.

After this I grabbed a Bacon and Sausage sandwich from the Student Union and checked my emails… which brings me to my first annoyance of the day. Student Finance England have managed to cock up my student loan, by attempting to give me a Maintenance loan I neither want nor need and not paying my university — which I both want and need. This all stems from literally months of mis-communication on their behalf. I’ve never heard a good word said about the company.

After spending what seems like an hour trying to get through and solve the issue it was time for our second Computer Systems lecture, this time it was on the operating systems side of the topic and gave us a very interesting insight into what Operating Systems do and it was asked of us to make our own definition of an operating system by mixing the best parts of 5 definitions shown to us. I came up with;

An operating system is a software interface between hardware and the user; it is responsible for the management and coordination of activities and the sharing of the resources of a computer (such as memory, CPU time, disk space and input/output devices). It acts as a host for computing applications.

After the lecture finished I went to catch the bus back to my flat at The Lawns which brings me to my second (joke of an) annoyance. Cottingham Village Railway Crossing. I swear to god it always closes when I’m either on the way to or on the way back from Uni! Lol.

Anyway, thats all for now,

Danny

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