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Employability skills : student perceptions of an IS final year capstone subject

Keller, Susan, Parker, Craig M. and Chan, Caroline 2011, Employability skills : student perceptions of an IS final year capstone subject, Innovations in teaching and learning in information and computer sciences, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 1-10.

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Title Employability skills : student perceptions of an IS final year capstone subject
Author(s) Keller, Susan
Parker, Craig M.
Chan, Caroline
Journal name Innovations in teaching and learning in information and computer sciences
Volume number 10
Issue number 2
Start page 1
End page 10
Publisher Loughborough University
Place of publication Loughborough, England
Publication date 2011-07
ISSN 1473-7507
Keyword(s) employability skills
capstone subject
information systems
Summary This paper reports on a qualitative study aimed at investigating whether Australian Information Systems (IS) students undertaking a team-based capstone subject with real clients believed the subject had enhanced their employability skills. This research is important because UK and Australian governments and industry are increasingly pressuring universities to focus more on developing employability skills. The paper makes a contribution to the literature since there are few empirical studies examining students’ perceptions of capstone subjects and none, to our knowledge, focusing on employability skills. Our study suggests that students believed the capstone subject did improve a broad range of employability skills and it also demonstrates the interrelated nature of these skills. We conjecture that the team-based, real-client model of capstone is particularly useful, compared to other capstone models, because it is especially effective at integrating the range of employability skills such as teamwork, communication, problem solving and self-management.
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Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, Loughborough University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30035993

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