Revising the IS Model Curriculum: Rethinking the Approach and the Process

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Vol: 20, Issue: 1

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Topi, Heikki; Valacich, Joseph S.; Kaiser, Kate; Nunamaker, Jr., Jay F.; Sipior, Janice; de Vreede, Gert Jan; Wright, Ryan T.
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This paper summarizes the key elements of a panel presentation at the Americas Conference for Information Systems (AMCIS) 2007 that reviewed the current status of the joint Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)/Association for Information Systems (AIS) undergraduate information systems model curriculum revision project. After providing a brief historical overview of IS model curricula and describing the reasons why a revision is overdue, the paper focuses on three main aspects of the current revision proposal. These include: 1) extending the reach and applicability of the curriculum model beyond business schools and making it a genuinely global model; 2) separating core topics from career track electives and including career tracks in the model; and 3) revising the curriculum development model to be significantly more inclusive using modern Web-based technologies.