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The Australian National University

Lynette Johns-Boast

Lynette Johns-BoastPhD candidate


Engineering the curriculum: Towards an adaptive curriculum


Chair Dr Margaret Kiley CHELT, ANU
Supervisor A/Prof Gerry Corrigan ANU Medical School
Supervisor Dr Linda Hort ANU College
Advisor A/Prof Chris Johnson ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science
Advisor Dr Shayne Flint Research School of Computer Science, ANU


Research intentions and directions

I am researching the forces that cause change to the curriculum and the tensions that arise between those forces and changes that occur. It is hoped that this research will lead to an innovative approach for dealing with the change that happens throughout the life of a curriculum in such a way that curriculum cohesion and purpose is more easily maintained. This is especially important for accredited professional curricula such as those associated with engineering, law, finance, medicine etc.


Since 2003 Lynette has been a lecturer in software engineering at the Research School of Computer Science (RSCS) of the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS).

For the 20 years prior to 2003, Lynette worked as a software developer and project manager in private industry in Australia and in the United Kingdom as well as for the Federal Government in Canberra. During that time she also helped establish and was a director of a software development company in Canberra. The company spent a number of years in BRW's top 100 fastest growing small businesses and in 1999 came in at number 5. During this time Lynette also developed and delivered professional training.

From 2000 to 2002 Lynette taught Computer Science at A- and GCSE-level in the United Kingdom.


At RSCS Lynette is a member of the Software Intensive Systems Engineering group (SiSE).

She is working with colleagues at the ANU School of Psychology studying how personality and group norms affect success within groups of students working on software engineering group projects. With colleagues from the ANU College of Business and Economics she is carrying out research into the reasons behind women leaving the ICT industry.

Lynette is also a member of the CECS Education Development Group (EDG).


In 2007 Lynette was awarded “WICked Woman of the Year” by Women in ICT (WIC) for her contribution to industry and education of young ICT professionals, especially women. 

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Profile at ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science


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