ERIC Number: ED422921
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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A Spiral Approach to Teaching Database and Systems Development: Theory vs. Reality.
Beccue, Barbara; Rariden, Robert L.
The Applied Computer Science Department at Illinois State University is in the process of implementing a reengineered curriculum that utilizes an integrated and spiral approach to subject coverage. The 1996-97 school year was the first year that upper division course prerequisites were based on the new curriculum instead of a mixture of old and new. During this first year, professors taught upper division courses that relied on students having acquired the knowledge and skills from the first portion of the spiral. This paper focuses on the systems analysis and design component of the core, including systems development tools and database concepts, and the way in which the introduction of this material in a first, core course impacted the more advanced treatment of the topics in advanced courses for Information Systems majors. Issues and problems are analyzed, attempted solutions discussed, and suggestions offered for those faced with a similar situation. After teaching the two follow-on courses, it was apparent that more planning and development work needs to be done in order to affect a smoother transition along the spiral. (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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