DAMA Corner – July 2005

Published in TDAN.com July 2005

DAMA Curriculum Framework for Post Secondary Education
A Curriculum Framework in Data Management: 2005 North America edition

Over the years, many curricula have been developed for various information and computing disciplines. However, the majority of these documents have concentrated on technologies and products – not on the concepts of data and information as a resource to be managed.

Emerging international law on acceptable information handling make the case for better basic education in data resource management. The lack of attention to the information asset has been cited as one reason for a lack of understanding of the value of an organization’s data to the overall performance of the company.

In my role as VP DAMA International Foundation Education Services, I started a multi-year initiative to support the educators of Data Management Professionals. A full vision has been articulated by the DAMAF Education Committee. The Curriculum Framework outlines the concepts that are essential for developing a competency and certification in DRM. This vision links the various components of a full delivery matrix of professional education, curriculum, job competencies, supporting texts and best practices and labor market statistics.

With a fully integrated vision we have, for example, reference between the Curriculum and the Certification program. As a result of this cross reference, we anticipate that students will graduate ‘exam-ready’ for the CDMP – Certified Data Management Professional exam that DAMA sponsors, passing at the ‘practitioner’ level.

Here is the full vision with some of the major relations between elements noted:

This document may be used by guidance counselors, college faculty, employers or other professionals to advise students and others interested in this field. It is applicable to the needs of all levels of post-secondary education, from 2-year colleges through graduate school programs in North America, along with professional development courses. The core topics also encompass those competency areas included in the certification exams for DRM professionals developed by DAMAF and given through the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP).

The approach taken by this DAMAF Data Management curriculum consists of the following sections:

  • List of education delivery channels based on the North American model
  • The major academic concepts of a DRM curriculum framework and the clustering of topics to be delivered for courses
  • The various approaches to delivery of those concepts in North American institutions of higher education
  • Implementation strategies of the curriculum framework
  • The role of the curriculum framework in the CDMP (Certified Data Management Professional) program in the ICCP

The Curriculum Framework was approved by DAMA International and DAMA International Foundation Conference in December 2004.

Making Gains 2005

The CDMP has gained acceptance and we are beginning to see job ads requiring the designation.

“Early adopter“ Colleges & Universities in North America are reviewing their curriculum against the DAMAF Curriculum.

This Curriculum development is of a continuing nature. We are interested in hearing from Data Management professionals and educators in DRM about topics or delivery channels, and the flexibility of this curriculum.

A Communications plan is now being executed, including soliciting feedback & inquires that should be directed to the VP Education Services. This Curriculum is available free of charge at the DAMA website www.dama.org.

Deborah Henderson
VP Education Services
DAMA International Foundation

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About DAMA International

DAMA, the Data Management Association International is a not-for-profit, vendor independent association of technical and business professionals dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices for data resource management and enterprise information. The primary purpose of DAMA International is to promote the understanding, development, and practice of managing data and information to support business strategies. DAMA International has chapters and members throughout the world.  Visit and become a member of DAMA by clicking here.

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