Meeting the needs of industry: a bold new curriculum in information science

  • Doris K. Lidtke
  • Michael C. Mulder
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT)


This paper describes the development of a new curriculum to prepare the next generation of information specialists. The project is unique in that half of the task force developing the curriculum is from business and industry. The curriculum is designed to produce a graduate who possesses the skills described in the ‘profile of the graduate’ which was developed by the representatives from industry. The curriculum is information centric and integrates communication skills, ethics and teamwork from the beginning. Student learning is top-down: from the broad perspective to the technical details. To accomplish this the pedagogy employed has been changed.


Informatics information systems context of informatics university education informatics majors curriculum (general) levels of competence business and industry requirements professional profiles 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Doris K. Lidtke
    • 1
  • Michael C. Mulder
    • 2
  1. 1.Computer and Information SciencesTowson State University BaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.College of Information Science and Technology University of Nebraska at OmahaOmahaUSA

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