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ICT curriculum and course structure: the great balancing act


Herbert, N and de Salas, K and Lewis, I and Dermoudy, J and Ellis, L, ICT curriculum and course structure: the great balancing act, Proceedings of the Sixteenth Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2014), 20-23 January 2014, Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 21-30. ISBN 978-1-921770-31-9 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper reports on an ICT curriculum development process that involved balancing a number of constraints that, in the words of an external academic advisory panel, resulted in a "very coherent, strong, contemporary" ICT curriculum. Instigated by an external school review that recommended the implementation of a single degree, the curriculum had to contain the knowledge requirements for students to develop the necessary skills for a set of ICT graduate level career outcomes identified by the local and national ICT industry. Due to a shrinking staff profile coupled with pressure for increased research output the School was instructed to offer only thirty undergraduate coursework units. Finally, the curriculum and course structure had to be attractive to domestic and international applicants and the curriculum also had to inspire graduate progression to a research higher degree.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:ICT career outcomes, ICT curriculum
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
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:de Salas, K (Associate Professor Kristy de Salas)
UTAS Author:Lewis, I (Dr Ian Lewis)
UTAS Author:Dermoudy, J (Dr Julian Dermoudy)
UTAS Author:Ellis, L (Associate Professor Leonie Ellis)
ID Code:88515
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2014-02-05
Last Modified:2015-05-06
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