IT Curriculum Committee Seeks Input on Guidelines

ACM IT Curriculum Committee is seeking feedback regarding its preliminary report. Basically, they describe what a 4-year degree in IT should look like.

In the report, IT is defined as an academic discipline that encompasses all aspects of computing technology. As a discipline, IT focuses on “meeting the needs of users within an organizational and societal context through the selection, creation, application, integration and administration of computing technologies.”

The report is very long (over a 100 pages) and the stupid “draft” image on each page makes it harder to browse.

This makes me hopeful that IT will grow to become a respectable discipline.

In the report, IT is defined as an academic discipline that encompasses all aspects of computing technology. As a discipline, IT focuses on “meeting the needs of users within an organizational and societal context through the selection, creation, application, integration and administration of computing technologies.”

To me, this is one half of Computer Science jobs, the other half being Software Engineering-related. However, IT is hard to outsource, is needed by almost all companies and can be a key component of a smart company.

Reading the report, it looks like programs following this guideline will be both fun and challenging.

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Daniel Lemire

A computer science professor at the Université du Québec (TELUQ).

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