IT Students' DIY Textbook For Next Generation

28 September 2011

Zdenka Evans

Zdenka Evans, University of Derby Information Technology graduate, with the textbook written by students for students which she jointly edited, entitled Issues of Emerging Technologies in Enterprise

In a unique move Computing students at the end of their University of Derby degree have written a textbook to help the next generation on their courses.

The likely effects of 'cloud computing' on online game players, data protection laws, businesses, the environment and other areas of life are explored in the new book, Issues of Emerging Technologies in Enterprise.

Cloud computing is a new development allowing people to buy different services online for use on their home or work computer; paying only for what they use, as with a utility such as gas or water. Wikipedia, Facebook and Google Docs are well known examples of computing 'in the cloud'.

The 67 page textbook's collected articles were written and edited by final-year undergraduate and postgraduate degree students in the School of Computing at the University. Lecturers oversaw the work.

It will be part of the reading list for the School's degree students from this month, September, but it is also on sale through online academic booksellers (price £2.95).

Issues covered include:

  • the environmental impact of cloud computing
  • responsibility for data security in a 'spread out' computer system
  • how mobile phones and laptops can make use of cloud computing
  • international laws.

Sarah Holloway, a BA (Hons) in Media Writing and Web Based Systems student, and Zdenka Evans, a BSc (Hons) Information Technology student, edited the textbook. Both completed their degrees this summer, 2011.

Zdenka, 36, of Flamstead Avenue, Loscoe, said: "Editing and publishing this book was a unique experience, I had never done something like it before. Examining the articles closely increased my own understanding of cloud computing and gave me a different perspective from just researching and writing assignments."

Sarah Holloway, 23, of Sorrel Drive, Rugby, added: "This project allowed me to gain an insight into cloud computing and offered the incentive of researching the 'cloud' further."

Dr Richard Hill, Head of Subject for Computing and Mathematics at the University of Derby, said: "Having final year students pass on what they've learnt by writing a textbook for those next joining the course is unusual.

"The authors identified their own topics and critically evaluated each others' work before it was accepted as an article for the book.

"At this early stage in their careers our outgoing students have taken advantage of an opportunity to enhance their employability. They have been published and given future students a stepping stone towards their own research and career aspirations."

Find out more about the new textbook or buy a copy.

For further information please contact Press and PR Officer Sean Kirby on 01332 591891 or 07876 476103, or email s.kirby@derby.ac.uk

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