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An Investigative Study on the `Relevance’ of Computing Courses at the National University of Samoa (NUS) to the Needs of Industry and the Workplace

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Muagututi’a loana Chan Mow, Fo’ilagi Fa’amau, Edna Temese, Peta rpasa, Hobert Sasa, Makerita Sua, Kimberley Gray, Andrew Langford

The research documented in this paper attempted to answer the question: How relevant is the content of the computing courses offered within programmes of the Computing Department at the National University of Samoa, to meet the needs of industry and the workforce? The study which was conducted in 2007 to 2008, surveyed seven institutions and 11 graduates from the aforesaid computing programmes. Findings from the survey indicated that the current course offerings within the Computing Department are relevant to the needs of industry and the workplace. However, there are aspects or topics which need inclusion or better coverage. Recommendations for potential areas for future research include: a) more sensitive surveys to assess more specific details of topics needing coverage or more in-depth coverage; b) the need for this type of research to be conducted on a regular basis to ensure alignment between the needs of industry and the workplace and the university curricula.

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