Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 15

Volume 15 Number 4, Pages 375-382

Winter 2004

Addressing Commercial Realism and Academic Issues in Group-Based IS Undergraduate Project Work

Mark C. Jones
Tom McMaster

University of Salford
Salford, M5 4WT, UK

Abstract: This paper describes an innovative and possibly unique practice in the application of a multi-year, group-based, real world project approach to Information Systems (IS) education among undergraduate students. The Team Project Scheme (TPS) exists within the Information Systems Institute (ISI) at the University of Salford in the UK. Within the framework of 3 year undergraduate degree programmes, students from all years of study come together in groups to solve real-life business problems. This paper provides an outline of the approach along with some discussion of pedagogical, assessment, and other practical issues that have emerged from the work. It demonstrates how, with a considered and critical approach, it is possible to successfully reconcile academic learning objectives with real-life project demands in a diverse range of contexts.

Keywords: Teamwork, Probelm-based learning, Assessment, Peer learning

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Recommended Citation: Jones, M. C. & McMaster, T. (2004). Addressing Commercial Realism and Academic Issues In Group-Based IS Undergraduate Project Work. Journal of Information Systems Education, 15(4), 375-382.