Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Postgraduate education for IS and IT professionals

Greetings from the learning center of the library at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia. Curtin Business School is one of those offering credit towards a postgraduate course for people who have done ACS's Computer Professional Education Program. So while in Perth I dropped in to visit the business school and meet Professor Duncan Bentley, Pro Vice Chancellor.

We had a photo taken with the PVC passing me what I thought was a copy of the articulation agreement with ACS. The document had a shiny cover which would cause glare in the flash photo so I ripped the cover off. Only then was I told this was the actual agreement, not a copy. ;-)

Curtin University of Technology

The Master of Commerce (Information Systems) and Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (Information Systems) degrees are designed for IS and IT professionals who want to increase their knowledge and skills in the management and strategic application of information systems and ICTs in competitive, intelligent and global business environments.

The programs are flexible and allow students to choose from a broad range of subject areas, including strategic information systems, business IT management, knowledge management, programming, web services and architecture, database mining, problem solving, computer forensics, Internet security and cyberwarfare. The Master of Commerce also includes a significant supervised research project, which can be tailored to suit each individual student’s interests.

Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (Information Systems) 200 credits (100 ACS)
Master of Commerce (Information Systems) 400 credits (100 ACS)


From: Articulation, Computer Professional Education Program, Australian Computer Society, 2008

By the way Curtin is taking a similar approach to computer equipped flexible learning centers as other Australian universities. The library has clustered workstations, with provision for several students to share one workstation. But with an emphasis on group work the noise level is higher than desirable and the architect needs to be brought back to plan some more noise control. There are also stand up casual stations and some glass walled rooms for group instruction.

The business school is about to start construction of some new dedicated rooms, similar to designs at University of Queensland.

There is also interest in green issues, with the Green Library Blog.

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