File(s) not publicly available

Generic attributes in undergraduate programmes : a case study of a regional and capital city university

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Robert SnokeRobert Snoke
This paper describes the depth of treatment of generic attributes coverage in a regional university (RU) information systems undergraduate curriculum, and compares it to the coverage in a large capital city university (CCU). Comparisons are made with the perceived industry requirements as stated in the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Core Body of Knowledge. The investigative techniques used to make these comparisons possible involved mapping the generic attributes against the objectives of the courses. Findings reveal that the regional university provided more coverage of the Information Systems discipline and oral communications attributes than the larger capital city university. The CCU developed more programming knowledge skills and technical competence than the RU. The investigation also revealed a need for university unit outline writers to be more explicit in identifying the generic attributes of IS graduates to be developed within a programme of study. The methodology of this study is likely to be of interest to curriculum evaluators in a range of disciplines.


Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)


Parent Title

Proceedings of the 7th Annual International Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.

Start Page


End Page


Number of Pages


Start Date


Finish Date





Canterbury University, Christchurch


Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Inc.

Place of Publication

ACT, Australia

Peer Reviewed


Open Access


External Author Affiliations

Conference; Faculty of Informatics and Communication; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible


Name of Conference

Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. Conference