Factors of Professionalism and Computer Professional Bodies

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Tutorial One. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Tutorial Two. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

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Tutorial Four. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Tutorial Five. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

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Week 1 - Professionalism

Group Discussion

(a) There are many different definitions of a professional. Discuss generally terms what you think are the main factors to being a profession.

Rank the factors you have in order of importance.

Consider why you feel some factors are more important than others.

There is dialogue about who is a specialist. Some said professional is a one who is good in particular job or engaging in a given activity as a way to obtain livelihood or as a career. The group members agreed this is the following,

"a skilled occupation, in a organised construction, having an accepted body of knowledge, set up training, needing maintenance of skills, led with a code of conduct"

A professional is somebody who acquires formal qualification from professional body based on his academic background or/and work experience and also whose ability could be judged against founded standards.

All the group people generally agreed that the most crucial factors to being truly a job include high amount of knowledge, relationship with a professional body, adherence to the code of conduct, structured training, ethical behavior, respected competence, and dedication to constant development of an occupation.

  1. Competence is the capability to identify the condition and solve it by utilising available resources. So that it is the most important factor
  2. Academic history, academic can help the professional to learn the specialised understanding of occupation. The learnt knowledge may verify a helpful tool for a competent professional.
  3. Good communication skills help in dealing with clients, fellow workers and superiors. A professional with good communication skills can significantly prosper.
  4. Reliability/Dependability is one factor of importance and could sometimes supersede other factors.
  5. Integrity of a specialist drives him/her to check out the task ethics and code of do in theory.
  6. Self-evaluation and self-discipline is one factor that motivates the persons to attain more and enhance the skills.

(b) Differentiate between a professional and a specialist. Does a specialist need to be an expert?

As adjectives, the difference between expert and professional is that expert is extraordinarily able or proficient while professional is of, pertaining to, or in accordance with the (usually high) standards of a profession.

As nouns the difference between expert and professional is the fact expert is a person with extensive knowledge or ability in a given subject matter while professional is someone who belongs to an occupation.

A professional is definitely not an expert.

(c) Is usually a computer person with a high level of knowledge and skill automatically considered to be a specialist?

No, cannot be considered as a professional unless he practices and gain experience and perform the experience as a source of livelihood or as a career.

Individual Questions

(a) The BCS classification of a specialist and two other meanings. Compare the explanations, what do they have in common?

The BCS considers a specialist a professional, if one offers (BCS Professional)
  1. Appropriate levels.
  2. Skills and competency.
  3. Motivation for self-development (theoretically and virtually).
  4. Respect for code of conduct.