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What our ICT graduates really need from us : a perspective from the workplace

Koppi, Tony, Sheard, Judy, Naghdy, Fazel, Chicharo, Joe, Edwards, Sylvia L., Brookes, Wayne, & Wilson, David (2009) What our ICT graduates really need from us : a perspective from the workplace. In 09 Proceedings of the Eleventh Australasian Conference on Computing Education, Australian Computer Society, Inc, Wellington, New Zealand, pp. 101-110.

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Abstract

A national Discipline-Based Initiative (DBI) project for Information and Communications Technology (ICT), funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, has sought the opinions of recent graduates of ICT in the workplace to help inform the curriculum. An online survey was devised to question graduates on workplace requirements and university preparation for abilities categorized as: personal interpersonal; cognitive; business and technical. The graduates in employment have highlighted broad mismatches between the requirements of their professional work in these categories and the preparation for employment they received from university. A regression analysis was used to determine influences on graduates’ opinions of the preparation they received at university. The quantitative and qualitative results from this survey could have far reaching consequences for ICT education and this initiative will enable the development of curricula that ensures graduates are equipped with the skills required by the ICT industry.

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ID Code: 48474
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: ICT curriculum, graduate workplace abilities, ICT graduates, professional work requirements, university courses, HERN
ISBN: 9781920682767
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Australian Computer Society, Inc
Copyright Statement: This paper appeared at the Eleventh Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2009), Wellington, New Zealand, January 2009. Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT), Vol. 95, Margaret Hamilton and Tony Clear Ed. Reproduction for academic, not-for profit purposes permitted provided this text is included.
Deposited On: 06 Feb 2012 23:16
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2012 17:11

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