Developing an Innovative Curriculum to Prepare Networking Professionals for the Global Marketplace

Developing an Innovative Curriculum to Prepare Networking Professionals for the Global Marketplace

Michael Jeffries (The University of Tampa, USA) and Raymond Papp (The University of Tampa, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-986-1.ch089
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Abstract

The need for business managers with strong information technology (IT) skills in general, and data communication and networking skills in particular, is now high and will be even greater in the years to come. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2007), occupations in the area of network systems and data communications analysis are projected to increase 55% by 2014. Given the trend in business to leverage information technology to decrease costs and increase efficiency in all functional areas, this demand is understandable. What is more difficult to understand is the lack of response to this demand by university IT departments as reflected in their curriculums (Hawk, 2005.) In this article we describe how one information and technology management department has attempted to meet the challenge of integrating networking skills in a coordinated fashion over a wide variety of courses to, at least in part, better prepare their students for the demands they are certain to face when they graduate.

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