IT department organised a webinar titled "Using FOSS for Distance Learning" on 30 June 2020. The webinar was delivered by Dr Ahmed Al-Maashri from the Engineering College of Sultan Qaboos University. Dr Ahmed is a senior IEEE member, and he is the founder IEEE Oman Computer Chapter, and the past Chair of IEEE Oman Section.
The main goal of the session was to highlight some of the best free opensource software to be used for online teaching such as Moodle and BigBlueButton. The session was conducted online using Microsoft Teams. Around 30 staff members from the IT, Business, and Engineering Departments as well as from the English Language Centre attended the session.
The session started by welcoming the invited speaker. Afterwards, the resource person highlighted the main topics of the webinar. He discussed the different types of the assessments on Moodle such as using Calculated MCQ questions, and calculated questions. He also discussed BigBlueButton (BBB) as it is used for the virtual classroom environment. He mentioned some examples of programs that can be used or editing videos such as Obsproject and Blender. The last few minutes were spent answering the questions raised by the attendees.
Feedback was collected from members attending the webinar. The majority showed their satisfaction on the arrangements done. On the scale of 5, the average feedback was 3.59. Most of them want similar sessions to be conducted in the future.
Three students, Haitham Ali Al-Yaqoubi, Mohammad Zahir Al Lamki, and Sheikha Khalifa Ali Al Quyudhi, presented their research work in the 2nd National Student’s Symposium IR 4.0 on Sunday, 14 June 2020. The symposium, which was organised by Higher College of Technology, was conducted online using Zoom video conferencing.
The symposium was inaugurated by a welcome speech presented by Dr Muna Bint Salim Al Jardaniya, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Manpower for Vocational Training and Technical Education. Afterwards, a briefing session about the symposium was presented by Dr Huda Salim Al Shuaily, Head of IT Department, Higher College of Technology. The programme featured three keynote speeches by international experts from different institutes. Then, a panel discussion moderated by Dr Mohammed Said Sulaiman Al Bahri, Head of IT Section, Higher College of Technology, was held to discuss current trends in ICT. The programme also featured three parallel sessions, abstract and poster presentation, as well as two students’ workshops.
Our students participated in the abstract presentation session. Haitham Ali Al Yaqoubi and Mohammad Zahir Al Lamki presented their research titled “Poisonous Gas Detection and Alert System in Oil Field Using IoT”. The study intended to develop a low-cost system to monitor the levels of poisonous gases produced by oil fields using smart sensors and Arduino Micro-controller boards. Mohammad Zahir Al Lamki presented a project which has been implemented in our college to help staff members to locate vacant parking slots easily and fast. The title of his presentation was “Technology-Led Car Park Management System - The Case of Ibri College of Technology”. Lastly, Sheikha Khalifa Ali Al Quyudhi presented her research on a smart tracking system using GPS and GSM.
In line with the college's goal to foster an environment that promotes applied research and innovation, the Research and Consultancy Committee (RCC) of the IT department organised a webinar titled "Guidelines of Writing Research Papers for High Impact/Prestigious Journals" on 15 June, 2020. The webinar was delivered by Dr Omar Husain Salman from the Engineering College of Al-Iraqia University, Iraq. Dr Omar has more than six years of research experience with a number of research papers published in high impact factor journals with more than 225 citations.
The main goal of the session was to highlight some of the best practices and strategies used in writing quality research papers for high impact journals. The workshop was conducted online using Microsoft Teams. It attracted more than 60 staff members from the IT, Business, and Engineering Departments as well as from the English Language Centre.
The session started by welcoming the invited speaker. Afterwards, the resource person highighted the main topics of the webinar. University and academic ranking, H-index, the different types of research papers, and as well as the basic concepts of scientific research were among the major topics that were covered in the webinar. The resource person shed light on the main reasons why researchers should publish their work. Afterwards, he demonstrated how to calculate the H-index. Next, the concrete structure of any research paper was presented by breaking up the article into separate independent components and describe the standard contents of each individual component. The speaker also demonstrated how to construct a well-written abstract. Lastly, the speaker concluded the session by reviewing the main keywords mentioned during the session and described the research and publication journey as a long trip with lots of ups and downs, and a true researcher should equip themselves with the necessary knowledge and skills. The last few minutes were spent answering the questions raised by the attendees.
Date and time: 13 April 2020, 4:00 PM-5:35 PM
A group of lecturers from the Information Technology Department, Ibri College of Technology, attended an IEEE webinar entitled "Successful Scientific Publishing: From the Project to the Advertising". The webinar was organised by IEEE CIS/GRSS Hyderabad Section, IEEE CIS/GRSS Jt. Chapter. It was delivered by Prof Alejandro Frery through the Cisco Webex Video Conference service on 13 April 2020, at 4:00 PM.
Prof Frery is a full professor at the Federal University of Alagoas (Ufal), Brazil. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters for the period 2014 to 2018. He was one of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) Distinguished Lecturers from 2015 to 2019.
The main goal of the webinar was to review the good scientific practices that may lead to more success and less stress for the active researcher. The webinar also intended to emphasise on the importance of reproducibility in every step of the research process: from the conception and writing of the proposal to the publication and support of the results.
The speaker started defining the key elements of a scientific publication and discussed the impact of accessibility on researchers. Moreover, the speaker shed light on the difference in reproducibility and replicability of a research paper, and the influence of these two terms on the research community.
The second part of the talk was about the cornerstones of scientific research. The speaker identified three elements by which scientific research is built on: ethics, state-of-the-art and contribution. The speaker emphasised the code of ethics a researcher should follow and presented some real-life examples of malpractice done by some researchers and publication institutes. After that, the speaker stressed the importance of conducting a systematic literature review to provide a critical assessment of the current state-of-the-art.
In the third part of the webinar, the speaker presented the main elements of a research project and how to develop the research idea and convert it into a successful project. Forming right research questions, doodling the research idea, organising the main concepts of the research and managing the time and expenses of the project were covered in this part. Moreover, the speaker gave a simple overview on how to prepare a manuscript using Latex.
The last part of the webinar was on how to choose and approach a scientific journal highlighting the main differences between paywall and open-access journals. Additionally, the speaker shed light on how to carry out self-advertisement to spread your ideas to the rest of the world.
The webinar was attended by 220 participants from all over the word, out of which 12 participants were from Ibri College of Technology. The webinar concluded at 5:35 PM after the Questions and Answer session.
The Research and Consultancy Committee of the Information Technology Department, Ibri College of Technology, conducted an online workshop on Thursday, 16 April 2020 at 12 PM entitled “How to Write a Successful Research Paper”. The main objectives of the workshop were to highlight some of the best practices and strategies used in writing a successful research paper. The workshop was conducted online through Zoom Video Conferencing and attracted around 30 staff members from the Information Technology and Engineering Departments. It was delivered by Assoc. Prof Dr Hasanain Faisal Ghazi Habasha. He is an associate professor in Management and Science University (MSU), Malaysia. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journals and conference papers and is the author of five books related to research paper writing and publication.
The workshop was conducted in two sessions. During the first session, the speaker gave insights on how to construct and write a good quality manuscript. Furthermore, he shed light on the general rules a researcher should follow while preparing a manuscript. Additionally, the speaker illustrated the publication process from the publisher’s perspective, highlighting the types of journals available today.
In the second session of the workshop, the speaker introduced some online services provided by various publishers to help researchers select suitable journals. Among these services are Journal Finder from Elsevier, Journal Suggester from Springer and Journal Selector from Edanz. Moreover, the speaker gave an overview of predatory journals and how to detect these types of journals; in addition, he explained why researchers should avoid these journals. Additionally, the general stages of the journal’s review process were presented. The speaker also emphasised how to respond to the reviewers, in case your manuscripts have been conditionally accepted.
Lastly, a minutes were allotted for questions and answers, where our guest speaker answered attendees’ questions. The session concluded at 1:45 PM. The recordings of the two sessions are available online on the following links:
An orientation programme on specialisation choice was conducted on Tuesday, 10 March 2020. The purpose of this programme was to help students of the Information Technology Department who will move from Diploma Year-I to Year-II and Diploma year-II to Advanced Diploma during the summer semester of AY 2019-2020 to choose their specialisation.
Mr Rajasekeran, Registration Committee coordinator, and Mr Shaik Mastan Vali, Academic Support Committee Coordinator for the Information Technology Department, arranged this programme. In this programme, department students Mr Salim Ali Salim Al Badi, Ms Aya Bashir Salim Al Hadhrami and Ms Zainab Awadh Mohammed Al Saadi discussed with the level movement students the courses offered, marks, grades, and credits and briefly explained the content of each course in each level under different specialisations. During this programme, they gave detailed information about each specialisation, its scope and job opportunities, etc. At the end our department registrar, Mr Rajasekaran, discussed with the students the different criteria (CGPA FDL4 score and IELTS score) for moving levels, IBRICT-offered specialisations and the deadline to submit feedback. He concluded the session by clarifying the students’ doubts and providing important guidelines and advice that help students choose their specialisation.
Ms Samiya Al Yaqoobi, IT-Coordinator, provided support to complete the successful completion of the programme.
Only four students attended the programme. The programme started at 12 noon in Lab-A119 attached (Hardware Lab) and ended at 1 pm. The Registration Committee and the Academic Support Committee of the IT Department organised the programme.
The Project Committee of the Information Technology Department held a workshop on, “Writing a Literature Review Report “on Tuesday, 10 March 2020 from 12:15 to 1:30 PM in room A201. The speaker for the session was Dr Mohammed Amir, ELC Lecturer. The course project students from all the levels attended the session. Dr Amir gave insight on how to write a literature review report for the course project. He informed that a literature review represents the main work done by the researchers and review of that is to give a self-opinion on the literature. He further enhanced the understanding saying that the literature review is to build, present and update the knowledge of readers of your project. He suggested students to seek the opinion of the supervisor as to how they would like to see the literature addressed. He emphasised saying that reading is the key. He also threw light on tips to select good content to contribute to the literature. At the end, he used an activity for students to check their understanding in selecting good content for the literature review. The students demonstrated a good grasp of the subject. It was an interactive session. At the end, Ms Sana Fathima, member of the Project Committee, provided a certificate of Appreciation to Dr Amir thanking him for his efforts and time.
An academic advising workshop was conducted on Tuesday, 25 February 2020 and Thursday, 27 February 2020. This workshop helped the Information Technology Department lecturers to gain detailed knowledge about the academic advising policy, procedures for various academic advising processes, CGPA calculation, CIMS and AMS utilisation.
Ms Fatma Al Mandhari welcomed all the lecturers with a short introductory speech about the purpose of the workshop. She explained Article 25 that describes the role of lecturers, the detailed information about the academic advising policy, the purpose for this workshop and discussed the feedback from the probation students.
Mr Rajasekeran, Registration Committee coordinator, discussed the advising producers and rules, course withdrawal policy, appeal procedure, resit examination procedure, probation status updates, IELTs updates, OJT criteria, number of courses advised and registered by the students, criteria for registering additional courses, and transcript issues in the first session. This information is very useful to lecturers to handling the advising process. In the second session, Mr Rajasekaran distributed sample transcripts to the lecturers and showed them how to calculate the GPA, probation level and identify the issues in the student’s transcript. Apart from this, real time explanation was given to show the facilities available in CIMS and AMS related with advising and the registration process. Both sessions were interesting and useful to the lecturers and advisors.
All the Information Technology lecturers attended the workshop for both sessions. The programme started at 12 pm in Lab-A109 and ended at 1.50 pm on both days. The Registration Committee of the Information Technology Department successfully organised this programme and we would like to thank them for their efforts.
The Information Technology Department, through the Academic Support Committee, conducted the Student Induction Programme on Wednesday, 5 February 2020 in Lab B119.
The induction programme is especially organised for the new Post-Foundation students who joined in Academic Year 2019-2020, Semester 2. The objective of this programme is to give an idea on various specialisations available in the Colleges of Technology in the field of Information Technology. This programme focuses on various aspects such as CGPA, IELTS, requirements to move to higher levels, purpose of on-the-job training, advisor advisee meeting, warning letters in courses and student grievances. Ms Wardah Al Majrafi, member of Academic Support Committee, provided information about each specialisation and comparisons between Database and Software Engineering, Networking and Internet and E-Security.
The Induction programme received good response from the students. In the end, feedback was collected from the students.
Mr Shaik Asif, the examinations coordinator from the Information Technology Department, conducted an orientation session on the examination policy along with existing procedures and practices to be followed. The presentation started with an introduction of the committee structure to staff members, stating the members as CECC (ADAA), CECH, and department coordinators. The roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder who is covered under this policy, along with all the procedures to be followed during examinations, were discussed.
In addition, the latest updates on the conduction of examination procedures, practices and student/staff instructions, were explained to the staff and they were asked to follow the same during examination sessions. During this presentation, the head of the department, Dr Duhai Al Shukaili, and the examinations coordinator clarified queries raised by staff members regarding the policy, procedures and practices. The session was interactive, informative and fruitful.
Finally, the examination coordinator emphasised the role and importance of the examination policy in implementing academic integrity and security.