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Five principles to integrate professional skill development within a curriculum to ensure industry-ready graduates

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Herbert, N ORCID: 0000-0003-0536-0745 and Herbert, D ORCID: 0000-0003-1419-7580 2020 , 'Five principles to integrate professional skill development within a curriculum to ensure industry-ready graduates', paper presented at the 2020 Australasian Conference on Information Systems, 1-4 December 2020, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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Abstract

There is an increasing expectation that tertiary institutions will produce industry-ready graduates.Reportedly, there is industry concern that information and communication technology (ICT) graduatesare not industry-ready as they are weak in the critical professional (soft) skills, such as communicationand collaboration. In response, an ICT curriculum that integrated the development of professional skillsalongside the development of technical skills, such as programming, networking and databases, wasdesigned and implemented, and the impact on graduate competency was evaluated. This paper proposesfive principles that can be employed by curriculum designers to guide the inclusion of professional skilldevelopment throughout a curriculum to enhance the professional competence of ICT graduates withouthaving a detrimental impact on their competency with ICT technical skills.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Herbert, N and Herbert, D
Keywords: employability, skills, curriculum, competence, industry-ready
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the 2020 Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Publisher: Australasian Association for Information Systems
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Copyright 2020 Nicole Herbert and David Herbert. This is an open-access article licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 3.0 New Zealand, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and ACIS are credited.

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