Need for Professional Bodies

Help you understand how to
(e.g. BCS).
In t he last lesson we looked at two professional
› 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
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
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]

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