Ken Surendran

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A growing trend in Software Engineering (SE) courses, especially in capstones, is to use an actual business or industry client for case-based projects. We will broadly examine approaches taken to deal with situations occurring when projects with outside clients are brought into the classroom at various size institutions in different countries. Specifically(More)
Faculty face many challenges both in and outside the confines of the university setting. They must increase the number of topics and the depth in which the material is covered while simultaneously reducing the number of required degree hours. In addition, employers have acknowledged an overall decline of soft skills among today's graduates. Further, faculty(More)
Currently, most CS and IS (CIS/MIS) curricula include a capstone course to help achieve some of the program objectives such as soft-skills development. Since the scope of the IS2010 model is limited to the consideration of high-level capabilities, the recommendation lists only core courses common to all Information Systems programs and some sample elective(More)
Executive Summary This paper illustrates an approach used to enhance student learning outcomes in a combined cross-listed Systems Analysis and Design (SA&D) course and examines benefits perceived by students through analysis of assessment and students feedback. The SA&D course is a required course in both the Management Information Systems (MIS) major and(More)
Just like universities, employers are recognizing significant differences in the current generation - herein referred to as Millennials - of students and graduates compared to Generation X. Unlike in academia, the situation is more complex in the workplace which involves the complex interactions of three generations with managers from Generation X mediating(More)
The recent economic downturn has affected numerous industries and regions within the United States. The field of education has been just as vulnerable as statewide budget cuts have forced some U.S. educational institutions to make significant changes to their offerings. Some MIS programs have been especially encumbered by the double shock of a decline in(More)
The authors present a case suitable for a semester long systems analysis and design project in an upper level course in Information Systems or Computer Science. They further illustrate how this case was used in an IS course using the procedural approach and in a CS course using the object oriented approach. The Multimedia Education Center (MEC) case grew(More)