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Integrating the development of professional skills throughout an ICT curriculum improves a graduate's competency


Herbert, N and Herbert, D and Wapstra, E and de Salas, K and Acuna, T, Integrating the development of professional skills throughout an ICT curriculum improves a graduate's competency, Advances in Software Engineering, Education, and e-Learning, Transactions on Computational Science and Computational Intelligence, 27-30 July 2020, Virtual Conference, Online (Las Vegas, USA), pp. 55-67. ISSN 2569-7072 (2021) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-030-70873-3_5


The necessity to design a curriculum that improved the professional competency of graduates was a response to the growing concern that information and communication technology (ICT) graduates, while being strong in technical ICT skills, were weak in their professional skills, particularly in relation to communication and collaboration skills. To enhance the employability of graduates an ICT curriculum was designed that integrated the development of professional skills, including communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking, alongside the development of ICT technical skills. This paper reports on a longitudinal study from 2012 to 2018 that provided strong evidence that integrating professional skill development across an entire ICT curriculum significantly improved a graduate’s competency with professional skills without having a detrimental impact on their competency with ICT technical skills. This integrated curriculum can act as an exemplar to other ICT curriculum designers that the approach can lead to professionally competent employable ICT graduates.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:competency, curriculum, ICT skills, communication, collaboration
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Human-centred computing
Research Field:Computing education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Herbert, N (Associate Professor Nicole Herbert)
UTAS Author:Herbert, D (Dr David Herbert)
UTAS Author:Wapstra, E (Professor Erik Wapstra)
UTAS Author:de Salas, K (Associate Professor Kristy de Salas)
UTAS Author:Acuna, T (Professor Tina Acuna)
ID Code:143122
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2021-03-01
Last Modified:2023-02-22

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