The impact of Australian legislation upon an IT degree: considerations and response

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Tan, Grace and Venables, Anne (2007) The impact of Australian legislation upon an IT degree: considerations and response. In: Managing worldwide operations and communications with information technology : 2007 Information Resources Management Association International Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada May 19-23, 2007. Khosrow-Pour, Mehdi, ed. IGI, Hershey, Pennsylvania, pp. 70-73.

Abstract

In Australia, all recent higher education reforms have been driven by new legisla - tion detailed in The Higher Education Support Act (HESA) 2003 that mandates and regulates the conditions under which tertiary institutions are able to be run and funded. In anticipation of the HESA enactment, Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, conducted an institutional wide assessment of the University’s position regarding HESA compliance and found that the University needed to rationalise course structures and progression rules, including standardization of subject sizes (Lister Review, 2003). This paper reports upon the adoption of a uniform system of subject size and associated credit points has necessitated a major course review of our Information Technology undergraduate program. This review, which posed a number of challenges at both School and inter-faculty levels, was informed by the needs of the stakeholders: the University, academics, the Australian Computer Society, industry and students. An insight into issues of importance on the IT curriculum is discussed before arrival at a HESA compliance program for our degree.

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Item type Book Section
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/22291
DOI https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch017
Official URL http://www.irma-international.org/viewtitle/33024/
ISBN 9781599049298
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Current > Division/Research > College of Science and Engineering
Keywords Victoria University, Melbourne, standardisation, Higher Education Support Act (HESA) 2003, computer studies
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