In t he last lesson we looked at two professional bodies: › BCS (British Computer Society - UK) › ACM (Association of Computing Machinery – USA) There are other professional bodies such as: › Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET, formally IEE) › Irish Computer Society (ICS) › Information Processing Association of Israel (IPA) › Institute of Information and Computing Machinery (IICM)
A formal group that is set up to oversee a particular area in industry. Professional bodies perform many roles and offer their members many activities.
Set standards for workers within an industry – code of conduct. Can create examinations which allow members to gain a qualification proving they can follow the standard. Provide publications which allow members to keep up to date with any changes to the standard.
Hold conferences which allow members to meet and discuss topical issues. › This also provides an opportunity for members to influence possible legislation. Hold local meetings allowing members to network and share their experiences.
Activities include events and publications that the professional bodies produce. The BCS, for example, promotes wider social and economic progress through the advancement of information technology, science and practice. › They do this through their activities.
Read through the table on page 217 of the text book. Copy out the table. Answer the questions in the text book.
Describe the purpose of the BCS. › [4 marks] Describe the activities of the BCS which would make it worthwhile for a network manager to join. › [6 marks]