ERIC Number: ED481738
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
A Standards-Based Approach to Team-Based Student Projects in an Information Technology Curriculum.
Steenkamp, Annette Lerine
Team-based student projects have become an intrinsic part of coursework in information technology courses. The rationale is that once students enter the work environment they will be required to work in teams. Challenges of teamwork are reviewed and factors influencing student team performance are identified. An approach is described which deals with four categories of concern when incorporating a team-based project in information technology courses, namely planning, execution, evaluation and team process improvement. The approach stresses the importance of utilizing best practices, as available in international standards, for team projects of a full term duration that is based on a case study. It is argued that such an approach contributes to bridging the gap between student project teamwork based on limited case studies and real-world projects conducted in the competitive business environment of today. The best practices and standards used in 34 classes for eight courses of a master's program in computer and information systems are summarized in the paper. A total of 150 teams participated in these courses. Includes five tables. (Contains 27 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Proceedings of the International Academy for Information Management (IAIM) Annual Conference: International Conference on Informatics Education Research (ICIER) (17th, Barcelona, Spain, December 13-15, 2002); see IR 058 850.