Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 20

Volume 20 Number 4, Pages 451-468

Winter 2009


The IS Core: An Integration of the Core IS Courses


Conan C. Albrecht
Marshall Romney
Paul B. Lowry

Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602, USA

Greg Moody
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA

Abstract: This paper describes an innovative, integrated implementation of the core Information Systems courses. While the published IS curriculum provides standards on course content, it gives little direction on the implementation of the courses. At Brigham Young University, we have reengineered the traditional topics of analysis, database, design, development, networking, etc. into an integrated, 24-hour course block called the “IS Core”. Instead of students moving from class to class, professors now rotate through integrated subjects in a common classroom environment. The IS Core has allowed the department to increase the rigor and integration between subjects so students see the entire systems process and has provided opportunities for cross-topic assignments and integrated exercises. Finally, it has resulted in unintended, additional benefits like increased student culture and student ownership of the major.

Keywords: IS curriculum, Learning, Teaching, Pedagogy, Integrated course design, Cross-course curriculum

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Recommended Citation: Albrecht, C. C., Romney, M., Lowry, P. B., & Moody, G. (2009). The IS Core: An Integration of the Core IS Courses. Journal of Information Systems Education, 20(4), pp. 451-468.