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ERIC Number: EJ1151898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-679X
Emergence of Data Analytics in the Information Systems Curriculum
Jafar, Musa J.; Babb, Jeffry; Abdullat, Amjda
Information Systems Education Journal, v15 n5 p22-36 Sep 2017
As a phenomenon of interest, impact, and import, there is little doubt that the pervasive expansion of data is upon us as Information Systems educators. Concerns and topics such as Data Science, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Business Analytics, and Business Intelligence are now ubiquitous and often situated as being the "next big thing." Educators and practitioners who identify and resonate with information systems, as a discipline, are watching these developments with interest. With data being both input and output to so many concerns that intersect with the information systems discipline, several themes emerge when considering what curriculum and pedagogy are appropriate. The role, position, location, and shape of data science topics are considered. Curricular approaches are also discussed with an eye to breadth and depth. Fundamental and existential questions are raised concerning the nature of data science and what role the Information Systems discipline can play. We also discuss evidence from cases. Case one involves a student business analytics competition and case two investigates how information systems knowledge areas can appropriate data science as an integral component of many competencies that exist solidly within the canon of Information Systems (IS) topics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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