Volume 2 Number 3
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Teaching Information Quality
in Information Systems Undergraduate Education
E. M. Khalil,
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (USA)
Suffolk University (USA)
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Authors discuss and present an
information quality framework from the literature on data and information
quality. They identify important information quality competencies derived
from the framework. Two recent Information Systems (IS) curriculum models
are examined to determine the extent to which they include these
competencies. The result is a documentation of the gap between the two IS
curriculum models and the information quality needs of organizations.
Authors suggest ways as to how to close this gap and improve information
quality teaching and learning.
Roadmaster Roading Contractors
The Waikato Polytechnic, Hamilton (New Zealand)
Systems analysis students seldom
experience the practical difficulties of the initial investigation into a
clients requirements. They get little chance to practice the skills
they need to investigate complex and confused problem situations, or to
appreciate the wider organizational issues that can impact on a situation.
This teaching case is designed to give students the opportunity to
practice and apply investigation skills and to challenge them to consider
the wider work environment when considering possible solutions to a
problem situation. The case is conducted as a role-play, with students
acting as systems analysts and teaching staff role-playing the clients.
The students develop a report analyzing the clients situation based on
the issues that arise during the interviews. Feed-back sessions focus on
discussing how well the students applied various interviewing strategies
previously covered in lectures, and on the wider organizational problems
that could impact proposed information system solutions.
On the Nature of Models: Let us
Now Praise Famous Men and Women, from Warren McCulloch to Candace Pert
World Organization of Systems and Cybernetics
Stafford Beer is one of the most original thinkers of
our time. This invited article is based on his keynote address at
the World Multiconference on Systemics
Cybernetics and Informatics (Orlando, Florida, July 12-16, 1998),
which was held alongside the second annual Informing Science
Conference. The paper uses the work of two pioneers as a platform
for discussing a number of significant concepts. The article can be
read at many different levels and will delight and challenge all readers.
Some of its key terms include circular causality, analogy, simile, and
metaphor, requisite variety, homeostasis and closure, viable systems
model, information substances, and, my favorite, hardening of the