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Recommended Citation: Helwig, J, S Harrington, and A Drougas.  Designing a Software Application to Implement the Provisions of a New Tax Regulation: A Collaborative Project for CIS and Taxation Students.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2005, v 22 (Columbus OH): §2522. ISSN: 1542-7382. (A later version appears in Information Systems Education Journal 4(63). ISSN: 1545-679X.)
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Designing a Software Application to Implement the Provisions of a New Tax Regulation: A Collaborative Project for CIS and Taxation Students

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Janet Helwig    [a1] [a2]
Department of Math and Computer Science
Dominican University    [u1] [u2]
River Forest, Illinois, USA    [c1] [c2]

Steve Harrington    [a1] [a2]
School of Business and Accounting
Dominican University    [u1] [u2]
River Forest, Illinois, USA    [c1] [c2]

Anne Drougas    [a1] [a2]
School of Business and Accounting
Dominican University    [u1] [u2]
River Forest, Illinois, USA    [c1] [c2]

To establish greater collaboration between faculty members in the computer information systems (CIS) and accounting disciplines, and to enhance student appreciation for the integrated nature of the disciplines, an assignment is designed that allows a student from a systems analysis and design course to partner with a student from an introductory federal income taxation course. After retrieving Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Publication 600 from the IRS website, student teams are expected to design and implement a software application to incorporate the language, worksheet, and tables included within the publication. Test data is supplied to help student teams determine the success of their programming efforts. Links to sample C++ and VB.Net program solutions are also provided.

Keywords: collaborative project, systems development project, cross-disciplinary assignment, communication skills in IS

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