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ERIC Number: EJ895872
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1547-9714
Design of an Information Technology Undergraduate Program to Produce IT Versatilists
Koohang, Alex; Riley, Liz; Smith, Terry; Floyd, Kevin
Journal of Information Technology Education, v9 p99-113 2010
This paper attempts to present a model for designing an IT undergraduate program that is based on the recommendations of the Association for Computer Machinery/Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers--Information Technology (ACM/IEEE--IT) Curriculum Model. The main intent is to use the ACM/IEEE--IT Curriculum Model's recommendations as a guide to design an IT curriculum that includes the IT knowledge core, general requirements beyond the IT knowledge core, and advanced courses. In addition, the recommendations are used to ensure quality standards of the curriculum. In the process, the model takes advantage of ACM/IEEE--IT Curriculum Model's recommendations to design an undergraduate IT program that produces IT versatilists. Morello (2005) stated that IT professionals are no longer referred to as specialists or generalists. In today's business world, these professionals are IT versatilists. They not only have technical abilities, but they also possess expertise in multiple domains within organizations. Versatility of IT professionals plays an important role in today's organizations for achieving competitive tasks. The model consists of two phases. Phase I encompasses the design of the framework for the IT program. It includes four components: formulating program mission, considering program accreditation, establishing program career goals, and establishing program competencies. Phase II focuses on the design of specific courses in the curriculum and includes the designing the IT foundational courses and the designing the advanced IT courses. It supports the foundational work of Phase I. Phase II takes advantage of putting together a curriculum that produces IT versatilists. It includes the body of knowledge and the general requirements. It also includes advanced courses within and beyond the IT domain to provide strength to the curriculum. This paper begins with introductory remarks that include an explanation of IT versatilists and the purpose of the paper. A review of the literature about the IT curriculum is presented following a brief discussion of the ACM/IEEE--IT Curriculum Model 2008. Next, the model is presented. It describes the design of an undergraduate IT program based on the ACM/IEEE--IT Curriculum Model's recommendations. The model uses the undergraduate IT program at Macon States' School of Information Technology as an example. Conclusion and recommendations complete the paper. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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