Australian undergraduate information systems curricula: a comparative study

Joan Richardson, Frada Burstein, Ana Hol, Rodney J Clarke, Jim McGovern

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    The paper describes the first comprehensive comparative study ofjavascript:void(0); undergraduate Information Systems (IS) degree programs in Australia using the model curricula outlined in ACM/AIS IS2010 as a reference point. The study had three broad aims: 1) to compare the Australian IS curriculum with that of other major IS education systems internationally, 2) to identify what subject areas are considered mandatory and what are considered optional in Australian IS programs, and 3) to understand if the host academic division within different disciplines (e.g. Business or Science/Engineering/Information Technology) has an influence on the variations in the subject areas offered. In a first phase, 2017 IS degree program data was obtained from university websites. In a second phase, this data was validated in consultation with academic staff from those universities offering the programs. The conclusion is that a high level of adherence to the IS2010 curricula was evident in core courses; considerable diversity was found in a long tail of non-core offerings; and the location of the host academic unit within Business or Science/Engineering/Technology influenced the subject areas offered.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Information Systems Development - Designing Digitalization
    EditorsBo Andersson, Björn Johansson, Chris Barry, Michael Lang, Henry Linger, Christoph Schneider
    Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Electronic)9783030229931
    ISBN (Print)9783030229924
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    EventInternational Conference on Information Systems Development 2018 - Lund University, Lund, Sweden
    Duration: 22 Aug 201824 Aug 2018
    Conference number: 27th (Website) (Proceedings)

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation
    ISSN (Print)2195-4968
    ISSN (Electronic)2195-4976


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Information Systems Development 2018
    Abbreviated titleISD2018
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    • Academic administrative units
    • ACM/AIS 2010 model curriculum
    • Bodies of knowledge
    • Computing education
    • Core curriculum

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