An ‘A’ Level qualifier is expected to be key member of a software development team with all round capabilities to manage and guide a software project.
In order to develop these capabilities the ‘A’ level course has been so designed that a student acquires an in-depth knowledge of the key areas like the computer software, office automation products ,knowledge of developing a business system module using database packages, problem solving skills using programming languages, computer architecture, software development life cycle, data-structure, database management system, operating system, practical exposure to UNIX/LINUX and communication principles and computer networking, object oriented programming using C++/ Java, and multimedia application.
The career options available to a DOEACC ‘A’ level qualifiers are:
- Web Administrator
- Training faculty
- Web Content Developer
- Trouble Shooter
DOEACC ‘A’ Level Course consists of ten theory modules (nine compulsory modules and one elective module), two Practicals and one Project. The structure of the ‘A’ Level syllabus is indicated below:-
DOEACC ‘A’ LEVEL COURSE STRUCTURE
|A1-R4||IT Tools and Business System|
|A2-R4||Internet Technology and Web Design|
|A3-R4||Programming and Problem Solving Through ‘C’ Language|
|A4-R4||Computer System Architecture|
|A5-R4||Structured System Analysis and Design|
|A6-R4||Data Structures through ‘C++’|
|A7-R4||Introduction to Database Management System|
|A8-R4||Basics of Os, Unix and Shell Programming|
|A9-R4||Data Communication and Network Technologies|
|A10-R4||Elective (One out of the following two subjects to be chosen)|
|A10.1-R4||Elective (One out of the following two subjects to be chosen)|
|A10.2-R4||Software Testing and Quality Management|
|PR-1||Practical -1(Based on A1, A2, A3, A4 module syllabus)|
|PR-2||Practical -2 (based on A5,A6,A7,A8,A9,A10 modules syllabus)|
Minimum duration of the ‘O’ Level course is One Year.
All ‘O’, ‘A’ and ‘B’ Level Candidates under the revised syllabi (Revision 4) shall have to qualify the Practical Examination, in addition to qualifying the theory examinations as well as the Project Work.
The students have to devote half of the total time allotted to each module for the practical session. Practical assignments have been worked out for each theory paper. At ‘A’ Level, there are two Practical Examinations. The Practical-1 examination will be based on the syllabi A1-R4, A2-R4, A3-R4 and A4-R4 modules and Practical -2 will be based on the syllabi A5-R4, A6-R4, A7-R4, A8-R4, A9-R4 and A10-R4 modules of the ‘A’ Level course.
DOEACC curriculum has a project as an important component of ‘A’ Level course. The Project is carried out by the student under guidance and support of faculty and management of the respective institute. It is felt that such a project provides an opportunity to the student to apply his/her knowledge and skills to real life problems (including oral and written communication skills), and as such the project should be given utmost importance and priority both by the students as well as institution faculty / management in respect of its identification, planning and implementation.
Objective of the Project
The aim of the project is to give the students an additional hand-on experience in solving a real life problem by applying knowledge and skills gained on completion of theory papers in a course at a given Level. It provides an occasion for students to develop written and communication skills, Project also helps the students to realize the importance of resource and time management, ownership of task towards deliverables, innovation and efficiency in task management apart from presentation skills. It also provides a good opportunity for students to build, enhance and sustain high levels of professional conduct and performance and evolves a problem solver frame of mind in the students. It is also felt that taking up the project by a student prepares him for a job in industry and elsewhere.
Who could be a Supervisor / Guide
A guide for ‘A’ Level should be a person with DOEACC ‘B’ level/MCA/B.Tech/ equivalent/higher qualification and adequate experience (minimum 3 years) in the area in which the student has chosen the Project. In the case of a candidate from an - 5 - accredited institute, the institute concerned will render all help including the nomination of the Supervisor.
Time of Submission of ‘A’ Level Project
A Level student can submit the project only after clearing 5 papers of the ‘A’ Level Course.
A level: Projects would be approximately 350 man-hours and carries a total of 100 marks (80% for the project evaluation and 20% for the viva-voce).