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The Reality of Teaching Large Groups of Local and International Business Students to Develop End-User Applications

The Reality of Teaching Large Groups of Local and International Business Students to Develop End-User Applications
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Author(s): Anne Monday (University of South Australia, Australia)
Copyright: 2001
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Information Technology in a Global Economy
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-07-5.ch068

Abstract

There has been a significant change in the needs of our undergraduate business students in the last few years as more and more business graduates are developing PC applications for their own use or that of their department or organisation. The traditional business computer literacy subject that covers an introduction to hardware and software is no longer sufficient to meet the needs of many business graduates but neither is there always scope, or need, for business undergraduates to undertake the depth of learning offered to information systems and computing undergraduates. There is ample evidence to suggest that businesses are only just realising the cost to them of business graduates developing applications. This paper discusses a new subject designed to provide students not only with the practical skills necessary to build a small-scale database using a 4GL but also to recognise the wider departmental and organisational issues related to end-user development of applications. The paper explores the subject design and how the subject was delivered to 400 onshore and offshore students.

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