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Master of Science

First Advisor

Freda R. Stohrer, PhD

Second Advisor

Saulius Valciukas, PhD


This study assessed the appropriateness, to the Royal Australian Air Force RAAF, of a graduate professional program in Information Systems (IS) based on the Association for Computing Machinery’s ACM curriculum model. The ACM curriculum model is an archetype of graduate education in IS. Programs based on this model produce graduates with knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are required by IS practitioners. The usefulness of twenty KSAs that underlie the ACM curriculum model were evaluated by 33 incumbents of RAAF information Systems Agencies and Directorate of Communications and Information Systems - Air Force. Although uncertain about the educational background suited to their requirements, the respondents found 17 of the KSAs at least somewhat useful, indicating that education based on the ACM curriculum model is appropriate. Recommendations include developing a RAAF IS education strategy based on the KSAs, promoting the benefits of IS education, using graduate diplomas in IS as an effective and efficient means of obtaining the necessary KSAs, and examining RAAF sponsored bachelor degrees in IS to ensure that appropriate KSAs are being provided. Future research should identify graduate diploma programs that provide the relevant KSAs presented.

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Co-authored thesis.

The authors' Vita pages are omitted.

Presented to the Faculty of the School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology.