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ERIC Number: ED490151
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Special Topics in Information Systems Class: Building the Human Component First
Hijazi, Sam; Crowley, Maureen; Smith, M. Leigh
Association of Small Computer Users in Education (ASCUE), 38th, Myrtle Beach, SC, June 12-16, 2005
Most information systems classes focus on the study of hardware, software, data, communication, procedure, and employees. Employees usually are divided into end-user, IT people, and management. There is a need to teach classes in information systems directly related to the progress of the human as the most important component in any information system. The class invites the students to examine themselves as employees in an ever-changing field. The class attempts to relate many topics to the study of information systems. Students' feedback and input are encouraged at the beginning of the class to form the list of topics to be covered. These may include creativity, critical thinking, obstacles to learning found in one's self or the environment, the difficulty in maintaining a productive relationship in the workplace, impact of the global market on IT, and cultural difference and appreciation, among many. Experienced people were invited as guest speakers. Based on the feedback from the students over the last few years, this class is much needed to position us, as humans, as the most important building block in any information system and, as a result, the rewards to the students have been phenomenal. [For complete proceedings, see ED490133.]
Association of Small Computer Users in Education (ASCUE), 1513 Magnolia Drive, Surfside Beach, SC 29574. Tel: 606-218-5308; Fax: 606-218-5184; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A