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Dukic G.,Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek | Kozina G.,Polytechnic in Varazdin
Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Technology Interfaces, ITI | Year: 2012

Knowledge management has become an important competitive tool in organisations as it enables them to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. Although lagging behind the business sector in its implementation, higher education is by its very nature directed towards knowledge management. Through their research work higher education institutions participate in the creation of knowledge, whereas knowledge dissemination is carried out through publications and student education. Information and communication technologies (ICT) play a key role in knowledge management. To be able to participate in a knowledge management project, students need to have adequate equipment at their disposal and be ICT literate. Starting with these premises, our research was designed to assess ICT equipment and skills among Croatian polytechnic students and to determine how they perceive certain aspects of knowledge management project. In the research, principal components and factor analysis were applied. © 2012 SRCE UNIV. Source


Soldo B.,University of Zagreb | Ivandic K.,University of Zagreb | Oreskovic M.,Polytechnic in Varazdin
Acta Montanistica Slovaca | Year: 2012

Numerous landslides appeared in a smaller area of north-western Croatia during a short span of time; in a large number of cases these landslides infringed upon local roads, public objects and other landscape. As is well known, the phenomenon of multiple landslides is connected to specific hydrometeorological features of the period, but also with geotechnical sensibilities of the terrain, which has a bearing on destabilizing factors. As this high number of landslides was previously unheard of, the action of preparing documentation for their restorations was also quick and arduous. A high level of systematization and a plan involving the approach to solving the problem as a whole and in phases is necessary for any mass-restoration/reconstruction approach. The paper deals with the characteristics of landslides in the examined area, with cause(s) of appearance of these numerous landslides, with investigations and restorations of landslides, and with additional notes to keep in mind when examining the problem and constructing the solution. Geometry, geological content, frequent geotechnical characteristics, etc. will be described as landslide characteristics. These hydrometeorological causes will be examined more closely through time. Familiarizing with multi-landslide locations, i.e. making the correct diagnosis is then followed by mass restoration. In order for restoration to be successful, one must set a good concept of effectiveness - which is arrived at through correct analysis of area characteristics. The paper also describes the chosen ways of restoration/reconstruction, emphasizing that these were solutions minimizing possibilities of errors in mass restoration. Source


Dukic D.,Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek | Dukic G.,Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek | Kozina G.,Polytechnic in Varazdin
Tehnicki Vjesnik | Year: 2012

The paper presents the results of the research aimed at establishing the purpose and frequency of using information and communication technologies (ICT) among Croatian polytechnic students in learning and education processes. The research was conducted on a sample of 818 students enrolled in six polytechnics. Within data analysis the descriptive statistics indicators were calculated. Discriminant analysis was conducted to determine the ways of ICT usage according to which the defined student groups differ the most. Research results indicate that certain student groups, especially those enrolled in technical studies, use ICT more intensively. Furthermore, the research revealed that some aspects of ICT usage among Croatian polytechnic students have been neglected. The significance of this paper arises from the fact that the issues analyzed therein, although crucial for current situation assessment and for formulating the Croatian higher education development strategy, have not been adequately investigated. The results presented here can therefore be viewed as management support to the development of this system, but also as a basis for future analyses. Source


Kozina G.,Polytechnic in Varazdin | Dukic G.,Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek | Dukic D.,Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Tehnicki Vjesnik | Year: 2012

Computer literacy is essential in today's world. Particularly college and university graduates are expected to possess adequate knowledge and skills in using information and communication technologies (ICT). Starting from this premise, this paper presents the results of the research conducted in order to determine computer literacy levels among Croatian students. In the analysis special emphasis was given to examining the differences in computer literacy between polytechnic and university students. For this reason inferential statistics methods played a key role in the analysis. Research results have shown that students assess their general ICT competencies with relatively high grades, whereas advanced computer usage received lower grades. Furthermore, while university students gave higher grades to their general computer skills, polytechnic students gave higher grades to advanced skills. The analysis examined also the differences according to gender and year of study. Given that this paper identifies the areas of computer literacy that need to be improved, it can be viewed as support in planning the development of higher education. It should be noted, however, that the obtained results must be taken with a certain reserve, since ICT knowledge and skills were not examined directly in controlled conditions; rather, the insights given here are based on respondents' self-assessment. Source


Oreskovic M.,Polytechnic in Varazdin
Electronic Journal of Geotechnical Engineering | Year: 2010

The paper deals with the results of behaviour analysis of transversely loaded girders on the ground, i.e. foundation girders. Analyses are based on the numerical method of finite differences and the analytical method of the one-parameter soil model. The main goal of these analyses is the choice of the soil reaction coefficient for the analytical method and the result of soil reaction gained through the numerical method, and their effect on other results. © 2010 ejge. Source

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