Friday, 2 March 2012

First Date with Dr. Dayang ^^

Hi everyone...I've been thinking of creating a blog for some personal reasons but I didn't expect that I will start it with academic purpose. It's quite interesting to write a journal reflection through the mean of blogging. Honestly, I prefer this kind of assessment rather than submit a piles of written journals. I'm sure that there may have a bunch of coursemates that share the same feeling with me....^^ 

So, here is my Journal =)

Wednesday, 29th February 2012 

At the beginning of the lecture, Dr. Dayang gave us the instructions of our assignments...( Arrrgghhhh....assignmentsSSS). Then, there's a pop-up question from the floor : " When is the due date of this assignment? " . Dr. replied that there has no due date for this assignment. Following that, my coursemate, Ekin said, "But we need due date...". Haha....I quite agree with Ekin as "due date" motivates us to complete our task immediately and also enable us to manage our time well. I'm sure that most of us experience the same thing. When there is a deadline, things could be done effectively. 

So, what I've learnt throughout the whole lesson?

It's the Introduction of Telecommunication !!

You may ask, "Is there any difference between Telecommunication and Communication??"
Ofcourse, there are some differences. 

So, our lecture began with Communication followed by Telecommunication

Through my understanding, most of us may think that communication is the transfer of messages between speaker and listener. However, it is not that surface.

Let me clear your doubts. Basically, for communication to be occurred, the listener should has the ability to understand the meaning of the message that sent by the speaker. Dr. Dayang gave us some interesting examples :-

1.) When you are talking to your pet and your pet is able to response to you, then it considers as COMMUNICATION because the listener understand the meaning of the speaker;

2.) When you are listening to a radio broadcast and you get the message that the DJ wants to deliver, even though you're not with him/her, this is still COMMUNICATION because you, as a listener, understand the meaning of the speaker;


3.) When you try to act as an environmentalist and talk to a tree, this is definitely NOT COMMUNICATION. WHY ??? This is because the tree, as a listener, is not able to understand your message.  

So, there's several points to be remembered : - 

Communication - the listener must be able to understand the message, and ofcourse, for the listener to understand your message, your content must have meaning

 Let's move on to the next topic that I would like to share with you all --- the Communication Model.

To make life easier, I would like to share a video that I found quite useful for us to understand the overall process of Communication Model.

After watching this video clip, I was able to understand another communication model which is The Shannon-Weaver Mathematical Model, 1949 also. They are quite similar to each other.
Later on, I managed to understand the meaning of Telecommunication also. I found it easier for me to memorise the meaning through this way : -

Tele- = over a long distance


Tele-  +  Communication = communication over a long distance 

To understand deeper on this topic, Dr. Dayang had introduced The Elements of Computer and Computer Technology to us. 

In short, I learnt that when we discuss about the elements of computer and computer technology, we need to clear that these elements are different from the elements of computer. 

There are overall five main elements in computer : -
                I    - Input
                P   - Processor
                O   - Output
                S   - Storage 
                K   - Communication ( K = Komunikasi in Malay Language )

Meanwhile, for The Elements of Computer and Computer Technology : - 
                People         - Professionals in this field + End users ( users of computer )
                Procedure    - Steps / Sequences
                Data / Information
                Hardware     - Any physical objects that are part of the computer system
                Software      - Abstract things that controll functions of the computer 
                                     ( System software  -  Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux... )
                                     ( Application software - Adobe Reader, Microsoft Office... )
                Communications / 
                Connectivity - transmission of data ( from analog-to-digital / digital-to-analog )

* Do you think that computer users nowadays getting younger ??                     


When I revised the lecture notes, I found that I couldn't understand the meaning of analog and digital. So, I wish I could find out the answer when I see Dr. Dayang during the next lecture. ^^

Wow...I think I'd explain too much on the first lecture. So how about my feelings after the very first lecture??? =)

Basically, I am looking forward to the coming lecture because my first impression towards Dr. Dayang was that she is an effective and also responsible lecturer whereby she did her powerponit slides well with simple yet informative design. Her sense of humour is also another thing that most of our coursemates like. I think we will have a great time with Dr. Dayang throughout the whole journey in this subject. ^^

That's all from me. Thanks for reading my lengthy post ^^ !



  1. I can see my name there! HAHA. It's fun to read and the whole thing about telecommunication is clear too. :D I haven't post anything on my blog yet so don't visit it.....yet. LOL.