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Undergraduate performance in accounting and business-based information technology

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The pervasiveness of information systems (IS) in organizations mandates the need for high levels of IS skills. In recognition, professional bodies impose IS course requirements for accreditation. For both students and employers, performance in IS courses has become important. The tertiary entrance overall performance score accounted for 19.7 per cent of the variance in students' passing grades. Thereafter, proficiency in office automation software and programming accounted for 1.5 and 0.8 per cent of the variance, respectively. Students living in a stable, family home-based environment performed better and it is likely that this environment underpinned other factors affecting performance.

Keywords: Academic determinants of performance; Diffusion of computers; I210; M400; M410; M490; O300; Productivity tools competency; Undergraduate information systems

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: UQ Business School, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 4072, Australia

Publication date: 2005-11-01

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