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What is competence?

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment

What is competence?

In most of the definitions of competence it will explain that for someone to be competent they must have ‘the ability to perform activities to a required standard, using appropriate knowledge, skill and attitude’.  In order to show a competent knowledge in digital electronics it is true that an element of all three of these aspects should be present.

But how can I improve my competence?  It is not only about increasing knowledge but also improving my understanding of how the knowledge can be applied, my skill in applying it and also my attitude in applying it correctly.

To break it down, knowledge could be considered the main principles or theory of a process or procedure.  For example if I am looking at a faulty circuit I should know what tests to perform on it to find the fault.

The skill could come from being able to collaborate these test results or being able to recognise immediately that a component is damaged, in the wrong place etc and then have the skill to be able to apply modifications.  It is having the skill and being able to apply it that demonstrates competence.

Attitude for this example may come from assessing whether it is safe to carry out the tests on the circuit, making sure others carrying out the testing procedure do so in a safe manner or reviewing the procedure itself and adding or eliminating steps to enhance safety and efficiency.

General competence is made up of competencies in different areas, to define what I need to do within this project I need to consider what I need to be competent to do, the knowledge, skills and attitude that will make up that competence, the level I need to be at to demonstrate adequate competence (the audit states design BASIC digital circuits), and what actions I can do to prove this.

Looking at this project in a methodical manner, I first need to get a general understanding of digital electronics, this will enable me to consider what knowledge and skills I will need to have to develop and demonstrate the competence.  From this point I can decide at what level I will need to get too to be able to demonstrate adequate competence and also what practical things I can do which will help show that I am indeed at the required level.

The first thing to do is simply to look at digital electronics and find out what makes up this subject, how it can be used and what defines it.  From doing this I should be able to do experiments of my own once I have a better general knowledge and therefore be able to portray a level of skilled competence in application and demonstration.

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February 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Due to the nature of word press and by putting different areas into different categories the way I have approached this  project may seem like a little hap hazard with bits of information dotted all over the place but not necessarily in the order I originally looked at them.  To combat this I will try to leave a diary of a more chronological approach of what, why and when I was thinking what I was thinking and how I felt best to move onto the next area.

February 17th: Featured in Assess the audit.  What is competence?:  The whole project revolves around this word competence, I need to define what I feel competence means to me and explain how I am going to prove it.

February 22nd:  Featured in What is a digital circuit:  Exactly that, what is a digital circuit? Find out what it means what are its features.

February 24th:  Featured in Logic Gates:  What is a logic gate? What exactly is a logic gate, a more detailed look at what this term means,  how do they apply to digital circuits.

February 24th: Featured in What is a digital circuit?  Looking at the differences between analog and digital circuits.

February 27th:  Binary numbers, a quick explanation of what a binary number is after the taught session with Dean.

If I am going to be making some digital circuits I really need to get a better knowledge of the components I am going to be working with.  I touched on their uses in ED217 but I don’t feel I gained a comprehensive look into their functioning.  Books to read :

Electronics Circuit Handbook, Michael Tooley 1988

Digital Electronics, Roger Tokheim 2008

Electronic Products, Dave Mawsom,Paul Bell, Phillip Poole,  Tristram Shephard 1996

March 3rd- March 14th:  Reading the texts and trying to understand them researching and gaining knowledge in components featured in Components.

March 14th- Researching integrated circuits featured in Integrated circuits.

Having made the monostable circuit in Deans tutorial I stuck with the 555 timer but decided to make the other two types of circuit as in a bistable and astable and a couple off different variations of them.

Now that I had had a play using the 555 timer I decided that I wanted to have a look at different types of IC.  During my research into looking at different digital circuits the 4000 series IC’s kept popping up.  I decided to have a play with the 4011 chip as this comprises of NAND gates and you can use NAND gates to make any other type of gate.

May- Having made RC timing circuits finally I want to make a counter circuit so I built an astable circuit and used the 4510 BCD counter to make an up/down binary counter

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February 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Create an online journal focusing on the key audit areas that needs addressing. Gain and demonstrate a competent knowledge in  the required subjects of

S4-  Design basic digital circuits.

S9- Use and combile commercial modules

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February 15, 2011 Leave a comment
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