The impact of a learning in the workplace policy on differing ICT degrees

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Venables, Anne, Tan, Grace and Bellucci, Emilia (2009) The impact of a learning in the workplace policy on differing ICT degrees. Conference proceedings abstracts. ISSN 2153-1668


At Victoria University, the release of a new Learning in the Workplace and Community (LiWC) policy has been introduced to ensure that graduates are job and career ready. The policy underlines the importance of workplace contextual learning in all course de-liveries and is scheduled for progressive implementation by 2010. For each degree, the policy mandates that a minimum of 25% of program content and assessment must be re-lated to work integrated learning. Compliance with the 25% shift poses significant challenges for its implementation upon all undergraduate programs since the policy is expected to impact upon program struc-tures, unit deliveries, assessment practices, and course administrations. In particular, there has been an extensive review of existing approaches to learning and teaching in the programs that deliver information and communications technology (ICT) degrees across business and science faculties. This paper describes the current Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Bachelor of Business in Information Systems programs identify-ing similarities and differences between the two offerings with respect to their learning in workplace components. It explores possible synergies between the two programs that could be capitalized upon to implement the LiWC policy and details the challenges to both faculties in mounting a coordinated response. --16th WACE World Conference: held 23-26 June, 2009, Vancouver, Canada

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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Historical > SEO Classification > 9399 Other Education and Training
Keywords ResPubID17093, course management, curriculum development, ICT education, workplace learning, Victoria University, vocational education and training, IT, educational technologies, communication technology, computer studies, Australia
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