Saturday, November 29, 2014

Drama pengajian di universiti

'Sangkar' - sempat tengok part Umar (lakonan Nazim Othman) diberi nasihat pasal pengajian di universiti. Sekali sekala kena semak samaada matlamat yang ingin dicapai selaras atau tidak dengan apa yang sedang dibuat.
Ada student yang nak buat dua benda dalam saru masa. Tapi dua-dua tak menjadi. Jadinya, perlu fokus pada satu saja. Mungkin belum masa untuk awak handle beban-beban sebegitu besar.
Dapatkan nasihat daripada yang lebih berpengalaman. Nak pakai atau tidak itu lain cerita. Paling tidak, dengar dulu apa yang orang lain nak kata.

Makan dalam

Implosion.

Destruction from within.
We blame others for their incompetence.
And yet we provide convenient excuses for our own lack of achievement.
We revel in identifying other people's stupidity.
And yet we ape the same.
We detest politicking at the highest level.
And yet we debase ourselves with cheap politics.

Muhasabah.
Our family.
Our circle of friends.
Our work team.
Our work organization.
Our country.
Our ummah.
All that we consider ours.

Are we simply another instance of 'them'?

Paper presentation at HKICEPS 2014

Alhamdulillah, this will be my fourth international conference paper presentation this year. The paper was formally accepted in October. 


A few days ago, I received the tentative program. Seems like I will be presenting on the first day of the conference. Hope to see a lot of interested people; not just humans making up the numbers. The experience in Osaka is not so great in terms of audience attendance and participation. Hopefully, in Hong Kong, the atmosphere will be more lively and scholarly. Really hoping there would be a few people interested to do collaborative research and writings.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Statistik blog


Eh... post daripada bulan Mei 2014 jadi post ketiga popular minggu ni. Dah start cuti sekolah ni, agaknya ramai nak cari tempat percutian ..nak jalan-jalan makan angin.

Hmmm....awak pun nak jalan-jalan juga. Rancangannya, minggu ni nak ke Port Dickson, insyaAllah. Jangan sampai hitam legam sudah. Make sure anak-anak makan vitamin C dulu sebelum ke main ayor; ikhtiar mengurangkan risiko demam.

Big banana small banana


Orang kata, kalau makan pisang kembar, nanti dapat anak kembar.

orang mana la ya yang kata macam tu. Apa buktinya?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Usability of System for Lecturers



One of IIUM system (or 'apps') is used to download class list. This system is to be used by lecturers. What's wrong (in terms of the usability) of the system's interface?

A.  What is DESFORMAT? Can you please use a plain language? What are the differences among the options listed (File, Cache, Printer and Mail)?

B.  There’s no choice available for this box. And I don’t know what it is supposed to be for. Do we really need it here?

C.  Can we not have a default session value that is up to date? Please update the default value once a new semester starts. Or have a pull-down menu to select the session.

D.   The CAM Entry system lists the students by Matric Number. Can we please have Matric No. as the default setting here too?

E.   With Roman writing, we read it from top to bottom. Can we please have the ‘Submit’ and ‘Reset’ button at the bottom right of the menu (somewhere near E)? It feels more natural to have it there. It is strange to go down towards ‘Ascending Data By’ and then have to go up to execute the command.

F.   I strongly believe there is a simpler term than ‘Ascending Data By’.

G.  What is this asterisk for? Where does it refer to? It sounds like a footnote. Where is the part that it is referring to? It is not located near the box that it is referring to. Additionally, it is natural for people to add space after a comma. Why shouldn’t the system be intelligent enough to accept space after a comma?I have emailed the suggestions to the IT Department. Hopefully the system (and other systems) would be improved soon.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How to create an evil Password

IT Nightmare: In Dilbert's world, this is the stuff that will invoke Phil, The Prince of Insufficient Light, who would damned you to heck.
PASSWORD PREREQUISITE
1. At least one digit
2. At least one special character i.e. !#%*+-:;=?_ 
prohibited special character @ / & "
3. Minimum 8 Characters
4. No space
5. Not include part of your username.
6. Not the same as per your previous password
7. Not contains at least 3 consecutive numbers
8. Combination of uppercase & lowercase.
9. Not contains years in this century
The list above is from an actual IT Department of an organization. May I add, the password should also :
10. have at least one letter from the Organization's name
11. not be a swear word
12. not include references to any political party
13. ideally have allusion to Malay traditional poetry
14. not have any trademarked or copyrighted name
15. exclude the letters R,S,T,L,N,E (in Wheel of Fortune, these are 'given' letters)
16. not have Wingdings and Webdings characters
17. have at least two consecutive run of alternating lowercase and uppercase letters
18. not use your supervisor's name
19. have words of wisdom
20. letters indicating hope for an enabling IT

Monday, November 17, 2014

Lirik Cindai - lengkapkan

Cindailah mana tidak berkias
Jalinnya lalu rentah beribu
Bagailah mana hendak berhias
Cerminku retak ________

A. Kelabu
B. Merapu
C. Cenggitu
D. Tak malu

Mendendam unggas liar di hutan
Jalan yang tinggal jalan berliku
Tilam ku emas cadarnya intan
Berbantal lengan ______

A. Anakku
B. Sadorku
C. Jiranku
D. iPadku

Hias cempaka kenangan tepian
Mekarnya kuntum nak idam kumbang
Puas ku jaga sibunga impian
Gugurnya sebelum ________

A. Orang bang
B. Palembang
C. Ku lempang
D. Berlubang

Hendaklah hendak hendak ku rasa
Puncaknya gunung hendak ditawan
Tidaklah tidak tidak ku daya
Tingginya tidak _______

A. Bercawan
B. Melawan
C. Rupawan
D. Cendawan

Janganlah jangan jangan ku hiba
Derita hati jangan dikenang
Bukanlah bukan bukan ku pinta
Merajuk bukan ________

A. Berpantangan
B. Berbarisan
C. Bercakaran
D. Bertamparan

Akar beringin tidak berbatas
Cuma bersilang paut di tepi
Bidukku lilin layarnya kertas
Seberang laut _____

A. Bercili
B. Terapi
C. Mengopi
D. Berjoli

Gurindam lagu bergema takbir
Tiong bernyanyi pohonan jati
Bertanam tebu di pinggir bibir
Rebung berduri di ____

A. PATI
B. gigi
C. Pipi
D. Ceti

Laman memutih pawana menerpa
Langit membiru awan bertali
Bukan di rintih pada siapa
Menunggu sinarkan _____

A. Kembiri
B. Bebiri
C. Membuli
D. Di pili

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Looking for a master student

I am looking for a candidate for master by research program. The research topic is patient safety among nurses. The project will complement an ongoing cross cultural research project with a team from Bangkok, Thailand.

The project is expected to include qualitative and quantitative data collections. Target participants are nurses and nursing students. The main objective is to examine the nurses understanding of patient safety.

The candidate must have a bachelor degree in psychology and good writing skills (minimum IELTS band 6 or equivalent).

Successful candidate may be recommended for MyBrain financial assistance.

Please pm me if you're qualified and interested.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Hatta Shahrom: Da'wah and Humanitarian Work


I had the pleasure to attend a talk delivered by Prof Hatta Shahrom on a Friday afternoon. It was on Islamic Psychology and Da'wah. He mentioned the characteristics of a good daei. What caught my interest was the discussion on the elements of da'wah. He divided the elements into three parts: the risalah (message), the caller (daei) and the ones being called (du'at).

During the Q&A session, I asked him how to measure the effectiveness of da'wah. He focused his answer to the first two elements. I used to think that an effective da'wah is one that produced changes in the du'at e,g. stopped doing something haram, revert to Islam (people are (more) fascinated with muallaf's stories), the community becomes better, etc.

However, in his answer, Prof Hatta stated that we can measure the effectiveness of the message. His answer reminded me of consumer psychology and advertising. To measure the effective of an advertising campaign, we can measure the company's bottom line: did the advertisement increase sales? If such figures are not reliable (due to many extraneous variables), we can measure the effectiveness of the ads themselves. Measures that can be used include recall (how much info from the ads that the customer can remember?), intention to buy, and attitude change.

The more difficult, and 'scary', measure of effectiveness of da'wah is the one about the daei themselves. How much has the da'wah process changed the daei. This measurement should not be done in a few minutes. Rather, this should be part of the life-long tarbiyyah.

We can't measure the success of da'wah in terms of bottom line like corporate companies. Afterall, the change in du'at is a matter of hidayah, which is at Allah's discretion. In other words, da'wah works are more for the benefits of the advertisers, not the consumers.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Spot the difference



Can you see the difference between the two pictures above? One if taken from one student for a test. The other is from a page on www.laerd.com which was shown in class. Can you spot the difference? The contents are of course different. I did not asked the same question as shown on the webpage. The writings are also different; that's a moot point. 

The point that is relevant to be discussed is why the heck did the student wrote the result that way? Did s/he not see the example shown in class? Was the example too vague to illustrate the acceptable format for reporting the statistics? Perceptual error? Or, intelligence defficiency?

Perhaps I should give perceptual exercises to the students to build the skill of spotting the difference; to compare two objects. For example, what is the difference between A and B?



Seems that some people made the mistake of  paying attention to the irrelevant parts of the objects. Therefore, they make irrelevant comparisons.

To hone the skills, we start from geometrical objects, then move on to more complex drawing. then we can proceed with textual materials. When they have had sufficient skill, then only we can believe them when they start to compare two different political parties!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Slang orang Perak bila marah

Udah lama tak guna perkataan 'peronjang'.

Mungkin sebab tak ada benda yang berlaku sehingga perlu guna perkataan tu. Hari ni rasa 'bertuah' benor dihadapkan dengan jawapan-jawapan pelajar sampai terkeluar perkataan peronjang. Ate..geram bebenor teman membaca jawapan. Lain yang diajar, lain yang ditulis. Rasa nak campak kertas jawapan ke lubuk.

Bagi yang tak faham slang orang Perak, peronjang tu maksudnya, lebih kurang, '(what) the heck'. Biasanya digunakan apabila dalam keadaan marah, atau frust sebab tak faham apa yang orang buat sedangkan kita jangka dia boleh buat apa yang dijangkakan. Faham idok? Contohnya, cikgu Jemimah suruh muridnya buat karangan pasal 'musim durian'. Tapi, sorang muridnya tulis pasal 'mengapa saya nak bermake up semasa bersalin'. lalu cikgu Jemimah pun berkata: 'Apa peronjang yang kamu tulis ni?"

Satu lagi contoh; seorang pemandu sangat tak puas hati bila ditahan JPJ. "Peronjang apanya nak ukur nombor plet kereta aku ni?"

Sekian kuliah bahasa hari ni.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Doa untuk exam statistik


There is going to be a test for Lab-based Statistics class tomorrow. All the best to all who are taking the test tomorrow. Make your du'a counts. Say your salawat and salam to the beloved Prophet s.a.w., and close with praising Allah s.w.t.

Ask your parents to make the du'a for you too.

May Allah help us all.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Writing references in a paper

Easy steps to insert references into your paper. You have to find the paper through scholar.google.com
1. If you are using a smart phone, click on 'more'. Otherwise, skip to step 2.
2. Click 'cite'. You will see the pop up window with reference written in three styles.
3. Choose the reference style that you want, copy and the paste.
Easy peasy!
I learned about this from Hamed Haque via Muhamad Karimi Sulaiman. Thank you guys.


 The following is an example using desktop view of Google Scholar









Friday, November 07, 2014

Amalan basuh tangan di hospital


Kalau kita pergi hospital, kita kena basuh tangan tak? Seelok-eloknya kita basuh tangan sebelum dan selepas mengunjungi hospital.

Mengikut amalan yang sepatutnya, jururawat dan doktor pun perlu membasuh tangan sebelum dan selepas menyentuh pesakit. Amalan ni boleh mengurangkan hospital-acquired infections: jangkitan semasa berada di hospital. Elok-elok dah sihat, kena jangkitan pulak. Terpaksalah memanjangkan tempoh check in di hospital.

Berani ke nak tanya nurse? Ramai yangm acam takut-takut. Risau kot nurse marah gamaknya.

Jangan takut nak tanya kat depa, "Cik dah basuh tangan?" Kalau lebih daring, tanya "Cik nak saya tolong basuhkan tangan?" Simple je, tapi boleh mengurangkan banyak kes-kes yang tak perlu; kes-kes yang menyusahkan pesakit dan nurse jugak. Kan lebih baik kalau pesakit tak stay lebih lama di hospital?