n South African Computer Journal - Impediments on the path to academic success in an IS degree programme : a South African perspective

Volume 2008, Issue 41
  • ISSN : 1015-7999
  • E-ISSN: 2313-7835



The aim of this research was to investigate impediments to success (in terms of pass marks) in an information systems degree programme. A programme at a South African university was used as the basis for investigation. A mixed method research approach was employed whereby semi-structured interviews were carried out with 14 students and 2 staff members, in addition to a quantitative survey amongst a larger group of learners. In this paper we report on findings derived from the qualitative data. This data was analysed using coding techniques taken from the grounded theory methodology. The end result was a framework showing that the major impediments related to the students (1) environmental context, (2) approach to academic work, (3) prior programming experience, (4) communication skills and (5) teamwork difficulties. The implications of these findings are discussed.

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