RMIT Vietnam Program Development Fund 2012

Summary of projects

Project title

Bachelor of Business (Business Information Systems) – Vietnam Curriculum Contextualisation Project Case Method and Integration of Research activities into the curriculum.

Project leader

Dr Mathews Nkhoma

Project team

  • Ms Cherry Sriratanaviriyakul
  • Mr Hiep Cong Pham

Project summary

BITL (Vietnam) is directly participating in the Business College and School of Business Information Technology and Logistics (SBITL) project to review the Bbus (BIS) program architecture and deliverables. The project is creating a 3-year delivery and amends the 4-year program to align with the Business College common 4-year architectures. This required re-definition of program outcomes on the basis of industry feedback.

The project, as part of the Bbus (BIS) review project, is facilitating further internationalisation of the program by collecting inputs to education from industry representatives across the SE Asian region. This connection is building deep relationships with industry and civic partners in Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi and across the region. The interaction with these partners is connecting us to the major challenges confronting our partners. The development of an Industry Advisory Group (IAG) to interact with RMIT Vietnam to support curriculum development was suggested by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) during the 2012 re-accredition visit.

Outcomes

This project is investigating the Bachelor of Business (Business Information Systems program or BBus (BIS) at RMIT Vietnam, from the perspectives of current curriculum, contextualisation and delivery methods, and graduate outcomes. To support this, an Industry Advisory Group (IAG) has been created and information is being collected from a variety of sources, but in particular feedback from relevant partners, i.e. industry, government, alumni, interns and current students. This is informing how the current courses can be further developed, delivered and/or contextualised to better service the related industries in Vietnam and SE Asia. This information is being discussed by the IAG and contributes to the program-based Equivalence and Comparability process.

All program staff participated in a workshop conducted by Melbourne and Vietnam-based Learning and Teaching staff to improve the understanding of the integration of the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) in course curricula. Relevant course materials are being developed, for example: case study contextualisation of content within the program. Case study construction work is being undertaken driven by the University Program-based Equivalence and Comparability processes to assure identification of appropriate courses for amendment and to provide a focus on positive solutions to challenges identified with partners. Case study skills development will improve academic staff capabilities toward the delivery of education using diverse methods for and with our partners. This will also initiate a better definition of the program outcomes, its benefits to industry and student linkages to the industry in the SE Asian region.

In order to improve not only the development of graduate skills, but the delivery of relevant and solution based education, while at the same time developing deep relationships with industry, a dedicated project like this is providing a wealth of information and industry connections to continually improve educational delivery and student outcomes into the future.

Some ideas have already been created but require this body of work to confirm, develop and implement them. These ideas include (i) solution focused case studies as part of the learning activities. By improving learning, teaching and assessments to best fit the future job market and by providing more work integrated education, the value of BIS graduates in the workplace will also increase. This will make the RMIT BIS graduates stand out from others.

  • 10 case studies have been written about real world company issues where the companies become active participants in the educational process. This builds RMIT’s reputation as a renowned business school operating in the real world of industry. The following courses are already using the case studies:
    • ISYS3295 Business IS Professional
    • ISYS2424 BIS Strategy and Governance
    • ISYS2110 Internet for Business
    • INTE2431 Business IT
    • There is an ongoing discussion with the accounting, management and MBA programs to use some of our case studies.
  • These 10 case studies have also been submitted to the Journal of Information Technology Education: Discussion Cases (JITE: DC) – Informing Science Institute and are under review.
  • A research paper entitled Examining the Mediating Role of Learning Engagement, Learning Process and Learning Experience on the Learning Outcomes through Localised Real Case Studies has been accepted for presentation and publication at the 17th World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (WMSCI 2013), to be held in Orlando, USA, on July 9-12, 2013
  • A research paper entitled Contributing Factors of Cloud Computing Adoption: A Technology-Organisation-Environment Framework Approach was accepted for presentation and publication at the ASCENT 2013 International Conference in Malaysia. This paper was awarded the most authoritative paper award at the conference and has been published in the International Journal of Information Systems and Engineering (IJISE).
  • A research paper titled Towards an Understanding of the impact of Localised Real Case Studies was submitted to the Emerald Journal on Education + Training and is under review.

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