Educating future IS professionals through real-world integration

Duncan A. Shaw, Brendon J. Woodford, George L. Benwell

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We report on teaching Information Systems Analysis (ISA) in a way that takes the classroom into the real world to enrich students' understanding of the broader role of being an IS professional. Through exposure to less controllable and more uncomfortable issues (e.g., client deadlines; unclear scope; client expectations; unhelpful colleagues, complexity about what is the problem never mind the solution) we aim to better prepare students to respond to the complex issues surrounding deployment of systems analysis methodologies in the real world. In this paper we provide enough detail on what these classes involve to allow a reader to replicate appealing elements in their own teaching. This paper is a reflection on integrating in the real world when teaching ISA – a reflection from the standpoint of students who face an unstructured and complex world and of lecturers who aim to prepare students to hit the floor running when they encounter that world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-83
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Teaching and Case Studies
Issue number1/2
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • clients
  • experiential learning
  • industry
  • systems analysis
  • teaching cases
  • information systems
  • IS professionals
  • IS education
  • case studies
  • real world
  • integration


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