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10IPT: A view from the top

posted Jul 24, 2011, 2:20 PM by Eddie Woo   [ updated Jul 24, 2011, 3:02 PM by Unknown user ]
The climbers of Mount Everest describe their own inability to come to terms with the enormity of their own journey once they reach the summit. As they look back at how far they have come, they can hardly believe they've covered the distance - though it was an ordeal to get through at the time, it seems like a vague dream now that it's over.

Maybe that's how you feel about the IPT course! Though there are a few nooks and crannies of content and concepts that we will spend time looking at after your trial exam, we are more or less finished with the course. That's a scary place to be. There are a lot of skills and knowledge that you have picked up along the way - time to make sure you remember it all!

Use the mind map summaries for each of the four trial topics to guide the creation of your notes. For each item, consider the following two points:
  • What concepts must you understand?
  • What content must you remember?
As an example, let's think about flat-file databases.
  • Concepts: 
    • Advantages and disadvantages
    • Contrast to relational databases
    • Non-computer-based equivalents

  • Content:
    • Define records, fields and key fields
    • Describe data dictionary and various data types
    • Example of effective use of a flat-file
Remember - the value in notes is in the writing, not the reading!