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Developing an Argumentative Approach to Teaching Information Systems Development

Developing an Argumentative Approach to Teaching Information Systems Development
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Author(s): David A. Banks (University of South Australia, Australia)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 3
Source title: Issues & Trends of Information Technology Management in Contemporary Organizations
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-39-6.ch122
ISBN13: 9781930708396
EISBN13: 9781466641358


This paper examines some of the issues that are driving the development of a Masters course designated as Information Systems Development Methodologies. The aim of the course is to explore a variety of information systems development approaches and the philosophies that underpin them rather than to concentrate on one or more specific methods. The rationale for this approach is to provide students with a broad view of systems development that should enable them to consider systems in specific settings and to select methodologies, methods, techniques and tools that are appropriate to that specific setting. Two major problems were experienced with the course; firstly, students had difficulty with the notion of an underlying development ‘philosophy’ and secondly there was a lack of a clear framework to help them critically evaluate the wide range of methodologies that exist. A mechanism to alleviate the first problem was identified and is briefly outlined in the paper and a possible approach that will be adopted in the future to address the second problem is also discussed.

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