In the 2010-2011 academic year was read for the first time ever a training course "Basics of technology of automation of control of discrete technological and information processes". The audience of this course were students of some group of the fifth-year of Gorlovka Regional Institute (GRI) of the University "Ukraine" (cipher and name of the field of knowledge are: 0915, "Computer engineering"; code and the direction of training specialists — 7.091501, "Computer systems and networks"). In the 2011-2012 academic year, this course was read again there.
This training course was developed and read by the founder of the IT AC DTIP, professor of the department of computer systems and networks of GRI, D.Eng. Burlakov M.V. under the direct supervision and with the organizational support of the head of this department, a dean of the faculty of engineering and computer technologies GRI, C.Ph-M.S. Pavlenko V.I. It is based on the theoretical and applied material of M.V. Burlakov's monograph, including the attached to it seven sets of training and demonstration programs.
The course had the following time parameters: lectures — 24 academic hours (a.h.); laboratory classes — 12 a.h.; independent work — 45 a.h. The students' knowledge were evaluated on the results of their fulfillment of calculated-graphic works (CGW), as well as passing the final exams (a ticket contained four theoretical and one practical issues).
Actually, the course was a pilot project on the problem of training of practical specialists on the subject of IT AC DTIP, which was initiated by V.I. Pavlenko and M.V. Burlakov. As a result of reading this course, its creators wanted to get answers to the following questions:
1) what is the amount and quality of knowledge acquired by students of the group?
2) what are the recommendations for the future in terms of preparation of practical specialists on this Technology, namely:
· for which enrolment of students it should be read?
· what volume of material they should master?
· what should be the optimal form of bringing this material to students?
As a result of reading the course "Basics of technology of AC DTIP", as well as of evaluation of knowledge acquired by the fifth-year students, we have made the following conclusions:
1. The volume and duration of the read course was not enough to prepare a full-fledged experts on Technology which must have knowledge and skills of either a systems analyst on this subject (i.e., to be able to perform formalized statements of tasks for different DTIPs and develop for them the mathematical models of numerical optimization), or an application programmer (to be able to implement in software these models). In our case students of the group actually received only the basics of knowledge for a systems analyst, that was originally planned by the course developers due to its small volume and complexity of the studied subject.
Note. For the practical consolidation of these knowledge have been developed the individual assignments on CGW, the essence of which was to solve the following six tasks: 1) to find in the training course a prototype of developed model of numerical optimizing DTIP and to indicate in what this model differs from the prototype, that is contained in the monograph by M.V. Burlakov; 2) to list the possible ways of converting DTIP to a stationary finite-dimensional discrete process of service (DPS), and select one of them for solving this task; 3) to develop a formalized statement of the task with derivation of a formula for quality criterion; 4) to derive the following three formulas: for a vector of the DPS phase state, for a calculated number of the DPS state, and for evaluation of the number of phase states; 5) to select the required scheme of recurrent optimizing DPS (the main or the alternate) and to set a mode of its use (minimization or maximization); 6) to give three examples of different numerical values of the model parameters on which this task can be solved numerically.
2. There has been a considerable spread of both the intermediate assessments (for CGW) and the final ones (for exam). This indicates that for a number of students of the group for which the course was read, it has caused serious difficulties due to its high theoretical complexity.
3. In the future, for a full and comprehensive training of specialists on the basic of IT AC DTIP is necessary, in our opinion, to fulfill the following recommendations:
such a course should be more voluminous and prolonged (by 30-50 percent);
it should be read not to the fifth year students of this specialty, but to the sixth year ones, studying in a magistracy, and it is desirable to select them through a competition on their abilities for analytical thinking and programming skills;
instead of CGW in the read course, it is necessary to introduce a course work, the essence of which is to develop (on individual assignment) of a test mathematical model of DTIP and its software implementation;
it should be provided an individual consultation by a teacher of each student during performing by him a course work, and on the first request of the latter (here is possible a remote dialogue);
students who successfully complete this course should be granted diplomas.
4. In the future, after the establishment of a production company for implementation to life of IT AC DTIP, when the specialists on Technology will really be demanded by the practice, such courses will be read not only for the magistracy students, as proposed, and to all those who wish to work in this area. Forming groups of students for these courses must necessarily be conducted on a competition basis. Those students who successfully graduate from them, should be issued certificates, giving them the right to engage in professional activities on the subject of Technology.
5. One of the possible ways of implementing such courses is to create a Remote training center to prepare practical specialists on the topic of IT AC DTIP.