Volume 7

Volume 7, Number 59

June 18, 2009

31 pages1445 K bytes

Defining CS, IS, and IT: Are We There Yet?

Charles R. Woratschek
Robert Morris University
Moon Township, PA 15108-1189 USA

Terri L. Lenox
Westminster College
New Wilmington, PA 16172 USA

Abstract: It is an important, but difficult challenge to reconcile the various definitions of the Information Systems, or Information Technology, field. There have been several recent attempts to come to some agreement in the academic community, but no final definitions have been developed. Equally important is for employers to have some common understanding of the various skills they can expect from graduates of these programs. In order to investigate the currently held beliefs of prospective employers of CS, IS, and IT graduates, a survey was developed which asked about the courses, certifications, and software proficiencies s/he expected graduates in each of the respective disciplines to have completed. Additionally, the perspective employer was asked her/his opinion about the rigor of each of the three disciplines.

Keywords: curriculum, definitions, CS, CIS, IS, IT

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Recommended Citation: Woratschek and Lenox (2009). Defining CS, IS, and IT: Are We There Yet? Information Systems Education Journal, 7 (59). http://isedj.org/7/59/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2006: §2542. ISSN: 1542-7382.)