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Assessing BIT graduate employees in the workplace

Jamaludin, Zulikha and Abdul Mutalib, Ariffin and Mohamed Elias, Ezanee (2005) Assessing BIT graduate employees in the workplace. In: The 2005 ASAIHL SEMINAR on Applications of Computing and Information Technology in Higher Learning, 27-30 June 2005, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. (Unpublished)

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As the pioneer in offering the Bachelor in Information Technology (BIT) degree program in Malaysia and having conducted the course for the past 15 years, it is incumbent upon the Faculty of Information Technology, UUM to investigate whether or not it is producing graduates who meet the needs of the job market. These days, being a knowledgeable graduate is not adequate if the knowledge possessed is irrelevant to the organisations concerned. This study was carried out with the realization that such a situation existed. We tried the most appropriate method, as confirmed by the literature, to find out the types of knowledge and skills needed by the employers from our graduates as they compared the graduates’ knowledge and skills with a perceived importance level. Obtaining the measures for 19 competency attributes, we calculated the knowledge gap and performance gap for each attribute in order to identify the most critical knowledge and skills needed by the organisations. With such information, we identified our strengths and weaknesses, which we used as a basis to propose ways for improving our BIT curriculum that would neither sacrifice the requirements of the knowledge epistemology nor the need of the organisations. This study reveals interesting, yet challenging findings.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: employers’ perception, IT curriculum, knowledge, organizations, performance gap
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: College of Arts and Sciences
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Zulikha Jamaludin
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2010 09:21
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2010 09:21
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/1582

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