The content and orientation of undergraduate computer information systems curricula have historically been designed and implemented in response to the dominant systems architecture of the time and the associated skills required by professionals in support of that systems architecture. As the information systems architecture paradigm has shifted in recent years from a centralized mainframe/terminal focus to a distributed client/server orientation, the role of data communications and networking has shifted from an ancillary electrical engineering oriented specialty to a computer information systems oriented area of study at the very heart of distributed computing.
Goldman, James E.
"Design and Implementation of a Practical Business Oriented Undergraduate Data Communications Curriculum,"
Journal of Information Systems Education: Vol. 6
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