Of Lab Evaluations, Tweaking the Numbers, and Displays of Professionalism

The semester’s at an end. Our ruddy, fresh faces, are abused and old. We entered university with high hopes and dreams of success, and we now resign ourselves to passing our courses.

On January 1, 2o11 (Happy New Year, everybody!) we had our lab evaluation. What is this strange phenomenon that sounds completely unnecessary? you might ask. Well here I am to tell you. One of our courses is called IT for Business. In the beginning, no one really took it seriously, despite the fact that our teacher explained to us that using IT would be a vital part of our four year degree and we’d best pay attention. Rest assured, students are stupid. We, ignorant fools that we are, dozed through classes and bunked a few, showed up late because we were getting fries from the cafe, or just Facebooked our way through those 90 minutes. After all, we were just learning things like basic hardware and how to use Microsoft Word. I mean, who doesn’t know that already?

Little did we know. The mid-terms came and went, with not one of us bothering to open our books. They are brand-sparkling-new, not a crease in the binding. We did okay, so we were okay. Mid-terms weren’t all that bad. Hey, we thought, we’ve got this under control.

And then it hit us like a truck on the motorway. Ring around a rosie.
The workload was tremendous. A Communication Skills presentation, and a literature review, and IT presentation, databases, enterprise computing, OH MY GOD, what’s the difference between a database and an information system?  A pocket full of posies. That math teacher, God bless her patient soul, has decided to do another chapter, and will the Accounting teacher ever stop? We can’t handle this! And they all fall down.

So the lab evaluation, where we were tested on our knowledge of three softwares, MS Word, Visio and Excel in forty-five painful minutes, was a complete disaster. In a display of generosity we had thought impossible, our teacher proposed a tweaking of the numbers. Nothing could be done about our dismal performance, and almost vulgar grades, but maybe she could shift the weightage around to give us a little help. All hail the IT teacher. Right?

Wrong! A defendor of liberty, justice, and all things professional stands up to fight for a cause. Passion mixed with rationalism. He must prevail. Why should the weightages be changed? We are in a business school. We dress like corporate executives, we learn our manners, and eat with a fork, why should we resort to such under-handed schemery and destroy our honest professionalism? And so he prevails. The weightages shall stay as they are.

Justice has denounced evil. The world is a better place.

& many of us will fail IT.

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