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Journal of Information Systems Education

Abstract

One of the fundamental challenges of information systems education within a school of business is to integrate technology theory and business analysis. Information systems as an academic discipline must contain a theoretical component, for theory development is, after all, the essence of academia. However, model curricula for IS education (e.g., IS’2002.6) have been incorporating a growing number of applied, hands-on topics. This is especially true of the undergraduate course in data communications and networking (DCN). While we do not negate the value of a lab experience in network configuration, we posit that applied DCN topics can be effectively taught via the business case method as well. Toward this end, our article proposes a pedagogical framework. This type of framework can also be used in other Information Systems courses to maintain an appropriate balance between technology theory and business analysis.

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