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-====== Education Reference Frameworks Explained to the Unwashed Masses ====== 
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-This is an email I sent at some point to explain to a junior colleague the notion of an education reference framework which was a deliverable of a large research project proposal. 
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-Let X be your favorite government, agency etc. X wants a reference education framework and, typically, has set aside a sizeable budget you want apply for or a certification programme you would. 
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-**Disclaimer:​** As you can imagine, if you need to be told, numbers of hours and subjects are //​illustrative//​ [i.e. appropriately invented]. 
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-==== So What's a Reference Framework? ​ ==== 
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-Something like the [[https://​www.acm.org/​education/​curricula-recommendations|ACM/​IEEE recommended Curriculum for Computer Science and Engineering]]. To call yourself Computer Scientist according to the ACM/IEEE your degree program must have :  
-  * 30hrs of //Operating Systems//, 
-  * 29hrs of //​Algorithms//, ​ 
-  * 42hrs of //Computer Graphics//, ​ 
-  * ... 
-  * 20hrs of //​KissMyAss//​ and  
-  * 35hrs of //​BendYouKnee//​. 
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-For each of those subjects the document spell out what is supposed to be done in the 20hrs of //​KissMyAss//​ to be call that way and not //​BendYouKnee//​. Hours and selection of topics are objective and never depend on whoever among **The Goods & The Greats** was in that committee (Homework 1). But let's not get drawn into revolutionary thoughts. 
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-Another exampe is the DHS effort which created knowledge areas (aka superset of courses) and said  
-  * DHS: "hey do you want to that we hire you graduates as security experts no question asked?" ​ 
-  * University: "​Yes." ​ 
-  * DHS: "Well, you show me that your degree programme has" ....  
-     * 20hrs of //​InformationAssurance//, ​ 
-     * 15hrs of //​Cryptography//, ​ 
-     * 32hrs of //​NetworkForensics//,​ 
-     * ...  
-     * 20hrs of //​NoQuestionNoLie//​ and  
-     * 2hrs of //​BendYourKnee//​. ​ 
-     * (//​KissMyAss//​ recommended elective for the government track). 
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-==== Your Task to Save the World ==== 
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-You have to collect all reasonable areas and extend them to few pages of <​del>​rant</​del>​ detailed description that extend into a document showing that 20hrs of //​BendYouKnee (US)// are more or less the same as 15hrs of //​KissMyHand (UK)//. 
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-It might be that multple nations are involved in which case <​del>​you and some chum of yours</​del> ​ **TheG&​TheG Committe** of reknown scientists then show that 15hrs with 6hrs Lab //​KissMYHand (UK)// are equal to 25hrs of //​BaciaManinaTestaChina (IT)// and 2liters of //​GewurzTraminerHalbTrocken (AT)//. 
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-So we end with an "​aligned educational feamework"​ and X is happy to recommend it, make it mandatory, whatever to all its stakeholders. 
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-==== Potential Impact on the World if You Make a Mistake ==== 
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-You shouldn'​t be worried of bringing nations to racks and ruins as  
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-  * Academics will ignore it wholesale because the 17hrs of //​SwirlYouHead//​ taugth by //​Prof.Dr.Eng. J.H. Knowsall// chair of nation Z **TheG&​TheG** Committee is not included as you didn't know it existed ("Oh My God, how can one possibly graduate without that? I mean, really..."​) 
-  * Companies will ignore it as well but will set a parallel parrot bogus test that costs a lot of money because it shows that the candidate is an entrepreneurial type and will do whatever to get the job (including answering questions wrong). 
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-==== Impact on Your Personal Life ==== 
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-From your personal perspective,​ dropping few words on it helps securing a cushy academic job if the head of a degree program sitting in the interview panel has an accreditation meeting coming soon (but beware it will severely backfire if accreditation just passed). 
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-==== Overall Conclusions ==== 
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-So said, around 99.9% of academics think this is a very serious issue improving the quality of education. Some of them even started setting up accreditation bodies (Homework 2). 
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-==== Homeworks for the reader==== 
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-  - Prove that finding similar topics in "​Software and Security Engineering"​ Syllabi as taught by X [LeftRight Fellow, impact award, and most cited paper ever] and by Y [UpsandDowns Fellow, with an equally ​ sizeable pile of impact awards and cited papers] is NP-hard. ​ 
-  - Prove by DNA sequencing that members of accreditation bodies and shopkeepers selling picks and mules to gold diggers in California belong to the same genetic pool. 
  
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