Title

Text-mining Approach for Verifying Alignment of Information Systems Curriculum with Industry Skills

Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

6-2015

Abstract

Managing and developing competencies or skills are vital to professional development of an individual. Many tertiary education institutions are therefore focused on developing curriculum that will help the graduating students acquire skills that are aligned with industry practice. Industry skills frameworks such as Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) define the professionals required for an IT professional. Therefore, mapping the curriculum competencies to the industry skills framework has a dual purpose of aiding the educationists to improve the curriculum, and the students to plan the courses according to their career plan. Existing mapping methods are manual and painstaking processes. In this paper, we present an automated solution based on text analytics techniques to map the curriculum to industry framework and provide a visual based analysis to discover the strengths and weakness of the curriculum. We evaluated our solution model on an undergraduate core curriculum; Bachelor of Science (Information Systems Management) degree program BSc (ISM), offered by the School of Information Systems (SIS), Singapore Management University (SMU) and Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA).

Keywords

Curriculum evaluation, analysis, industry skills framework, information retrieval, text analytics, visualization, Singapore

Discipline

Asian Studies | Computer Sciences | Higher Education

Research Areas

Learning and Information Systems Education; Data Management and Analytics

Publication

2015 International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2015: June 11-13, Lisbon: Proceedings

First Page

1

Last Page

6

ISBN

9781479917570

Identifier

10.1109/ITHET.2015.7217959

Publisher

IEEE

City or Country

Piscataway, NJ

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ITHET.2015.7217959

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