Lessons in Reality: Teaching Project Management, Professionalism and Ethics to Third Year IT Students

Vicky Wilson
InSITE 2002  •  Volume 2  •  2002
It is widely accepted amongst tertiary educators that IT students need first hand experience of working in teams and in managing projects if they are to be effective in the workplace. In 2001 the School of Computer and Information Science at Edith Cowan University undertook a major restructure of its courses that resulted in the development of eight ‘core’ units that are taught in a range of courses across the School. One of these was a third-year unit called ‘Project Management, Professionalism and Ethics’. This case study documents the research that was undertaken to determine the unit content and its subsequent development and delivery. It discusses the formal and informal feedback received from students and staff after its delivery in semester 2, 2001 and what will be done to develop the unit into a fully integrated online ‘situated learning’ experience.
Situated learning, IT education, learning theory, course design and delivery.
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