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Five principles to integrate professional skill development within a curriculum to ensure industry-ready graduates


Herbert, N and Herbert, D, Five principles to integrate professional skill development within a curriculum to ensure industry-ready graduates, Proceedings of the 2020 Australasian Conference on Information Systems, 1-4 December 2020, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, pp. 1-12. (2020) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Copyright 2020 Nicole Herbert and David Herbert. This is an open-access article licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 3.0 New Zealand, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and ACIS are credited.

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There is an increasing expectation that tertiary institutions will produce industry-ready graduates. Reportedly, there is industry concern that information and communication technology (ICT) graduates are not industry-ready as they are weak in the critical professional (soft) skills, such as communication and collaboration. In response, an ICT curriculum that integrated the development of professional skills alongside the development of technical skills, such as programming, networking and databases, was designed and implemented, and the impact on graduate competency was evaluated. This paper proposes five principles that can be employed by curriculum designers to guide the inclusion of professional skill development throughout a curriculum to enhance the professional competence of ICT graduates without having a detrimental impact on their competency with ICT technical skills.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:employability, skills, curriculum, competence, industry-ready
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)
ID Code:144792
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2021-06-10
Last Modified:2022-09-08
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