We have already known TOEFL as Test of English as Foreign Language, but now The International English language Testing System is a standard of English as well. Instead of listening, structure and reading comprehension, IELTS devide the test into: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. From zero to nine, the score of IELTS is average of that test sessions. For example, I’ve got 6.0 band (overall) that consist scores of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking: 5.5, 6.0, 6.0, and 6.0 consecutively.

The range between each band is only 0.5, so we never heard IELTS score 5.25. IELTS gave a name for each band 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 as:

          0. : Did not attempt the test
  1. : Non User
  2. : Intermittent User
  3. : Extremely Limited User
  4. : Limited User
  5. : Modest User
  6. : Competent User
  7. : Good User
  8. : Very Good User
  9. : Expert User

The band 5.5 is called Nearly Competent User with word “Nearly”. If you want to study abroad, you must take IELTS Academic Test instead of General Test. For the social studies e.g. Law, Language, Nursery, Medical, Farmacy, and so on, you must reach band 7.0 in most universites, but for engineering sometimes band 5.5 is allowed, but becareful, the administrator also see the band for each sesion test. It is save if you got writing and speaking sessions at least 6.0 because some universities, e.g. University of Technology Sydney, gave the requirements IELTS band 5.5 but score for Writing and Speaking no less then 6.0.


Competitive Research Grant Presentation

Dikti does not support the Young Lecturer Research grant anymore, but it still supports the Competitive research grant. It is difficult to get this grant because we have to present our research proposal first. On 5 December 2011, I presented my research proposal at Educational University of Indonesia (UPI) Bandung. My Research Proposal has a title “The evaluation and optimation of gas station building in Bekasi by using genetic algorithm”.

There were two group who would present the proposal: Main group and Guiding group. My university was member of guiding group that must be guided by other universities. Our group consists of 17 universities. Every leader of research presented for about 10 minutes before asked more about her/his research proposal by the interviewer, Mr Anton and Mrs Nenden.

After waiting for about 45 minutes, I presented my research proposal in front of other participants. I must reduced my power point because every presenter only needed 10 minutes. I must waited two other speakers before asked with so many questions. The first interviewer asked me whether my proposal was for competitive or fundamental grant. I was very surprised when listened that question. Fortunately, after little explanation about the content of my research proposal, he said that it was only wrong title, not wrong proposal. The second interviewer, Mrs Nenden, only asked simple and easy question about what research that I have done. I explained about my last research such as attendance system, engineering calculation, and so on. When all participants finished, I was disappointed because my watch showed that I miss my train to Yogyakarta, but I was very happy when my wife phoned me and said if our tickets were bought back by our national train department.

Interested again in Pencils

After filling a portofolio form of lecturer certification, I feel free now. I took a trip around Yogyakarta, and after buying a lot of book at gramedia Yogyakarta, I try to enhance my writing skill in in English. It is about pencil, the oldest tool for modern writing. You have used it when studying at elementary school.

In nineteen century, the philosophers  David Henry Thoreou developed pencil by his family manufacture. He separate pencil according to hardness and carbon contain in number 2, 3, 4, and so on. But the production stopped when England had found a big graphite resources which is a main component of pencils.

One advantage in using pencil is we can erase if we have an error on our writing. Of course we can use eraser for pen, but it leaves a stain in the paper, and sometime can break the paper. The pencil is appropriate for children who learn writing. It also has no dangerous liquid in ink as a mixture.

Now I always use pencil when taking an IELTS course at PPB UGM Yogyakarta. I do not know why I love pencil now. When I write something using a pencil, I can express my emotion and of course I use it for TOEFL and IELTS exam.

About Rp. 1 Billion/Person for Ph.D Dikti Scholarship

On 6-7th October 2011 some university in Australia gave presentation about their university at language education center of gadjah mada university (PPB UGM). The university are Curtin, Sidney, Adelaide and many more. After they had presented, the Dikti staff, Mrs Merry, gave an explanation about the scholarship. She explained why Dikti, the government institution which has a highest authority of high education, give 1,000 place for scholarship to study in Australia.

The English course at PPB UGM now is for second time (Batch – 2). From this course Dikti hope all of participants pass the IELTS score above 6.0, because some university require IELTS score 7.0. Fortunately, some subject (it my subject :)), only require minimum IELTS scor 6.0 and Mrs Merry, as an agent for scholarship in Australia, give dispensation if some one who participate in this course have IELTS score only 5.5, but he/she have to attand to 10 weeks IELTS course held by INSEARCH. Fortunately it’s free. At the end of speaking Mrs merry said that if you have finished your study by Dikti scholarship, you must go back to Indonesia, because one person for Ph.D degree, our government needs Rp. 1 Billion.

Checking Your Writing

Writing something in your blog will make your writing ability improve. For someone, writing is a difficult thing. How to make our writing easy to understand, interresting, coheren and grammatically right is the reason for someone to avoid writing. I thinks we must try to write somethings about everything for example, your own idea about hot news, your teaching’s modul or just write about your expression.

In order our writing skill improve, of course we must check our writing. In UK or USA, may be you must pay someone to check your writing, but I suggest you to check your writing by using information technology. You must be know google (, the famous sites, that can be help you correcting the wrong words. If you want to check your writing for errors or plagiarism, you should use another site for example

This site is very interesting for me as an IT lecturer because it include some soft computing algorithms. They can know weather our spelling, punctuation, style are good enough. It also know if our writing is a plagiarism. Here is the answer about my last writing, what a bad result !

Artificial Neural Network Tutorial for Matlab (Presentation)

Artificial Neural Network (ANN) is my favorit algoritm because it use analogy of biological neural system. It is very interesting, neurons and axons convert to algorithm of transfer function and weight that can be adjust by activity called “learning”. When doing learning, ANN use some iteration to match the target with the input by changing it weight and some correction number, called bias.

Classification, Pattern Matching, signature identification, and other similar usage usually use ANN with some modification on input data and target. Because ANN has an ability to store memory on it neurons, some vendor use it for Pattern Matching application. There are some problem when using ANN, because when training, a lot of memory must be available if you don’t want your system being “hang”. The learning algorithm usually use the famous one, called backpropagation (from John Hopfield invention). But some research add other soft computing algorithms to enhanced the speed of learning and accuracy.

The language for creating ANN may be C++, Java or the easiest one, Matlab. I use Matlab for most of my application. Of course there is a classic problem by using Matlab, the lisence. But some language, for example, Octave, Scilab, etc, are open source and free for download. And the most important is the same syntax with Matlab. Of course we must build our function of ANN in open source language, because a lot of function (called M-file) does not available. If you want to know more about ANN with Matlab you can see or other millist, for example and free for sign up. This is a presentation form of explanation about ANN using Matlab you can download from techsource. Please find by your self in

Ok .. if you could not find, this is the link for download from my own storage:

Security vs Educating User

Security is main concern for microsoft coorporation. Since windows Xp sp 2, it included firewalls on its product, even though in sp 1 windows had used firewalls even must be set manually. After launch windows 7, microsoft introduce anti virus which have a life time lisence. But microsoft sometimes could not educate user well, for example in windows 7 there is suggestion when entering the hot spot area to push the button on the router. Can you imagine if your staff do this at your office?


Sebagai pengganti mata kuliah Bahasa Inggris III (Bhs Inggris teknik) rencananya hari rabu s.d  jumat akan diadakan pelatihan AutoCAD dan Catia. Berhubung terbatasnya tempat dan belum semua terinstall rencananya akan dibagi dua yaitu autoCAD dan Catia.

AutoCAD adalah perangkat lunak komputer CAD untuk menggambar 2 dimensi dan 3 dimensi yang dikembangkan oleh Autodesk. Keluarga produk AutoCAD, secara keseluruhan, adalah software CAD yang paling banyak digunakan di dunia.

AutoCAD digunakan oleh insinyur sipil, land developers, arsitek, insinyur mesin, desainer interior dan lain-lain.

Format data asli AutoCAD, DWG, dan yang lebih tidak populer, Format data yang bisa dipertukarkan (interchange file format) DXF, secara de facto menjadi standard data CAD. Akhir-akhir ini AutoCAD sudah mendukung DWF, sebuah format yang diterbitkan dan dipromosikan oleh Autodesk untuk mempublikasikan data CAD.

AutoCAD saat ini hanya berjalan disistem operasi Microsoft. Versi untuk Unix dan Macintosh sempat dikeluarkan tahun 1980-an dan 1990-an, tetapi kemudian tidak dilanjutkan. AutoCAD masih bisa berjalan di emulator seperti Virtual PC atau Wine.

CATIA (Computer Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application) is a multi-platform CAD/CAM/CAE commercial software suite developed by the French company Dassault Systemes and marketed worldwide by IBM. Written in the C++ programming language, CATIA is the cornerstone of the Dassault Systemes product lifecycle management software suite.

The software was created in the late 1970s and early 1980s to develop Dassault’s Mirage fighter jet, then was adopted in the aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding, and other industries.

CATIA competes in the CAD/CAM/CAE market with Siemens NX, Pro/ENGINEER, Autodesk Inventor and SolidEdge.

Bahasa Inggris III: Pembagian Kelompok Presentasi

Berikut ini pembagian kelompok presentasi dalam Bahasa Inggris:

Mulyadi, Boster Bosu, Ahmad Suhaeri, Ahmad Zulkifli

Fajar Kerta, Abul Basir, Abdi S, Nasum

Muhamad Ahsanudin, Sandi D, Iwan, Dimas

Sopyan Hadi, Imam Rudi, Dico Juang, Adhia Desma

Suryana, Ali Mulyana, Andri Agasi, Marno Bambang

Bachtiar Abdillah, Diky, Doni, Edwin

Priyanto, Rujit Rahino, Adi P, Heryanto

Dadi Suryadi, Yousep Achmad, Miko, Agus

Abas B, Eko aryadi, M. Abdul hadi, Hedry Saputra

Vandu Satria, Eko P, Sri Mulyono, Asep, Supriyatna, Bambang


Angel: Good morning everyone.

Angel: Today we’re presenting the findings of our research into student stress.

Angel: This presentation will last about 20 minutes.

Angel: First Rocky will describe our methodology.

Angel: Then Katie will show the results of our survey.

Angel: …and then I’ll speak about the conclusions we drew.

Angel: After that we’ll take questions.

Angel: And now I’ll hand you over to Rocky.

Rocky: Thanks Angel.

Rocky: As you can see, the title of our research is “Stress and the International Student.

Rocky: Major causes and suggested solutions”.

Rocky: We polled a group of 28 international students.

Rocky: The respondents’ ages ranged from 19 to 30.

Rocky: You can see the variety of nationalities in this column.

Rocky: This is a copy of our questionnaire.

Rocky: We asked students to rate their level of stress from zero to five.

Rocky: Zero was no stress and five was extreme stress. The next question concerned…

Rocky: The next question concerned…

Rocky: … And now Katie will talk about the results.

NOTE: Kelompok boleh berubah, asalkan nanti materi tidak boleh sama antara satu kelompok dengan kelompok yang lain. Yang dicetak tebal untuk sementara jadi ketua kelompok. Persiapkan satu orang sebagai moderator dan siapkan slide dalam format ms power point.

Berikut contoh presentasi dalam power point sebagai patokan, Klik 2009-rahmadya-numerical-computation-integration-r201!! (buat supaya tiap orang kebagian melakukan presentasi).

Bahasa Inggris III: Presentasi Dalam Bahasa Inggris

Diambil dari:

Komunikasi yang efektif.

Ketika menyampaikan presentasi, anda perlu melihat ke hadirin agar mereka tetap memperhatikan. Usahakan melihat ke setiap orang paling tidak dua kali selama anda berbicara. Dan tersenyum sesekali pada saat yang tepat. Sikap tubuh harus santai dan menunjukkan percaya diri. Bergeraklah dengan bebas dan menggunakan tangan untuk melukiskan apa yang anda maksudkan.

Ketika berbicara nadanya harus santai tapi antusias. Kalau bisa, rekam presentasi anda, supaya anda dapat mengetahui bagaimana kedengarannya bagi orang lain. Tidak usah berteriak tapi perlu suara yang keras dan jelas. Mintalah pada seorang teman untuk mendengarkan dan memberitahu seberapa jauh suara anda dapat didengar. Berikut latihan sederhana untuk membantu suara anda. Ulurkan lengan

sejauh mungkin di depan wajah dengan telapak tangan menghadap ke anda.

Hitung sampai sepuluh dan arahkan suara ke tangan anda. Ketika  berbicara, meskipun santai,  bayangkan bahwa anda menujukan suara  ke tangan anda. Anda akan surprise  bahwa suara anda akan lebih kelas dan lebih keras. Dan buatlah variasi, biarkan suara anda naik turun pada waktu yang tepat. Ingat bahwa bahasa Inggris mengalir seperti sungai. Sekali lagi, minta  seorang penutur bahasa Inggris untuk membantu tekanan dan intonasi yang benar.

Akhiri presentasi dengan kesimpulan dan ringkasan dari  apa yang sudah dibahas. Kemudian tanyakan apakah ada pertanyaan. Beri waktu satu atau dua menit kepada hadirin untuk membuat pertanyaan. Selama waktu ini anda dapat mematikan OHP dan menyalakan lampu. Kalau ada pertanyaan dari seorang yang bicaranya pelan, ulangi supaya didengar oleh semua sebelum anda menjawab. Dan cek apakah jawaban anda memuaskan dengan bertanya, “Does that answer your question?”, “Apakah itu menjawab pertanyaanmu?”

Setelah waktu untuk tanya-jawab habis, agar hadirin tahu bahwa presentasi sudah selesai, katakan, “Well that concludes my presentation”, “Well sekian presentasi saya”. Dan ucapkan terima kasih.

Memperkenalkan diri.  

L1:  Selamat pagi semuanya.

English:  Good morning everyone.

L1:  Hari ini saya akan berbicara tentang  Stress dan Pelajar  Internasional.

English:  Today I’m going to talk about Stress and the International Student.

L1:  Presentasi saya akan berlangsung kira-kira 15 menit.

English:  My talk will last about fifteen minutes.

L1:  Pertama saya akan menjelaskan  metodologi kami.

English:  First I’ll take you through our methodology.

L1:  Kemudian kita akan melihat hasil survey.

English:  Then we’ll look at the results of the survey.

L1:  Setelah itu saya akan menyampaikan kesimpulannya dan kemungkinan solusinya.

English:  Following that I’ll discuss my conclusion and possible solutions.

L1:  Dan kemudian saya akan menjawab pertanyaan.

English:  And then I’ll take questions.

L1:  Memperkenalkan pembicara pertama.

L1:  Dan sekarang waktu saya serahkan kepada John, yang akan membahas tentang metodologi.

English:  And now I’ll hand you over to John, who’ll discuss methodology.

L1:  Kalian lihat dari slide pertama ini bahwa  kebanyakan  pelajar pernah merasa stress.

English:  You can see by this first slide that the majority of students feel some degree of stress.

L1:  Dan grafik ini menunjukkan penyebab utama  stress berkaitan dengan rasa kangen rumah.

English:  And this graph shows a major cause of stress is related to homesickness.

L1:  Jadi kesimpulannya, pelajar yang menggunakan strategi ini dan mencari pertolongan, mendapati bahwa stress mereka mulai berkurang.

English:  So in conclusion, the students who use these strategies and seek help, find that their stress starts to pass.

Menjawab pertanyaan.

L1:  Ada pertanyaan?

English:  Are there any questions?

L1:  Apakah ini menjawab pertanyaanmu?

English:  Does that answer your question?

L1:  Dan sekian presentasi saya.

English:   And that concludes my presentation.

L1:  Mengucapkan terima kasih kepada hadirin.

L1:  Terima kasih, kalian sangat membantu.

English:  Thanks, you’ve been a great audience.

Sekian dulu, untuk menggunakan kata hubung dan “signal word” yang tepat silahkan kunjungi postingan berikut ini.

NOTE: Semoga bisa dijadikan patokan untuk presentasi awal Januari nanti 🙂



Iseng-iseng nyari kamus visual dan rencananya mau sy scan trus di upload, eh ternyata di internet ada, lumayan bagus, ga perlu scan lagi. coba klik di sini. So, for the final exam, please study these vocabularies below:

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NOTE:     For presentation, will be uploaded next time .

Pertemuan IV: Bahasa Inggris III


Translate berbeda dengan menerjemahkan. Dalam translate kita boleh merubah susunan kata agar sesuai dengan bahasa Indonesia (jika mentranslate ke dalam bahasa Indonesia) atau bahasa Inggris (jika mentranslate ke dalam bahasa Inggris).

Translate ke bahasa Inggris:

Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono tidak dapat memberhentikan secara tetap Wakil Ketua Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (nonaktif), Chandra M Hamzah dan Bibit Samad Rianto, meski keduanya nantinya berstatus terdakwa. Pemberhentian mereka harus menunggu putusan Mahkamah Konstitusi terkait dengan uji materi Pasal 32 Ayat (1)  Undang – undang Nomor 30 Tahun 2002.

Selain itu, MK juga memerintahkan KPK menyerahkan semua dokumen berupa rekaman dan transkrip yang berhubungan dengan kasus Chandra dan Bibit. KPK harus menyerahkan rekaman dan transkrip itu pada sidang yang akan digelar selasa, 3 November 2009.

Translate ke dalam bahasa Indonesia:

The rapid development of computers and their use in building design have changed the design procedure and method of the air-conditioning engineers and architects. In the past, air-conditioning design calculation focused on the estimation of peak loads which are determined by either manual calculation or simple computing methods. Nowadays, not only the load calculation has become complicated, but also there are requirements at the design stage to conduct energy analysis on the building design. In order to enhance the energy efficiency, it is necessary to conduct quantitative estimation on the building design schemes and assess the energy performance of completed buildings. Using computers to carry out load calculation and energy simulation is an important part of building design and energy efficiency research.


This paper briefly introduces the basic principles of building energy simulation, explains its relationship with air-conditioning load and energy calculations, and describe the application in air-conditioning design. It is hoped that the understanding on this subject can be increased and the technique of building energy simulation can be utilised to analyse air-conditioning design so as to achieve a better and more energy efficient building design.