Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

IS Degrees: Sociotechnical or Technosocial? - A Reflective Analysis.

Coady, Jenny; Berg, Tessa; Pooley, Rob


Jenny Coady

Tessa Berg

Rob Pooley


Henry Linger

Julie Fisher

Andrew Barnden

Chris Barry

Michael Lang

Christoph Schneider


This paper describes a reflective and empirical investigation by staff involved in delivery of the Heriot-Watt University Information Systems undergraduate degree. It looks particularly at the practical relevance of the IS 2010 model curriculum, asking to what extent the Heriot-Watt University Information Systems teaching staff supports the model and identifying areas of conflicting opinion. These are compared with empirical evidence of relevance to employability in the form of statistics on graduate destinations from cohorts in 2010 and 2011. An IS virtual alumni forum was set up for past students to debate the IS degree and discuss areas of relevance to careers and suggestions for further improvement. In agreement with the IS 2010 model, graduate discussion and working panel reflection both propose the inclusion of a project management course. Graduates also suggest the need for more specialised technical skills in software and web development and a stronger grounding in spreadsheet application software including statistical processing methods. In agreement with the working panel, graduates state the importance of having quality experienced teaching delivered with skill and enthusiasm. Further work is then proposed to encourage continuous reflective practice and enhance student experience.

Conference Name ISD Conference
Start Date Aug 29, 2012
End Date Jul 30, 2012
Publication Date 2013
Deposit Date Sep 26, 2014
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 219-231
Book Title Building Sustainable Information Systems: Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Information Systems Development
ISBN 978-1-4614-7539-2
Keywords Information systems; graduate destinations; undergraduate degrees; project management; reflective practice;
Public URL
Publisher URL