Global ICT Practice - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Critical Analysis - Appraisal (Individual) 20-30% , Project - (Group) 30-40% - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,180.00
Domestic continuing 2,663.00
International 3,430.00
International continuing 2,913.00

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Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is an important enabler for global business operations today, yet how do we manage standards and practices that must span the geographic, political and cultural boundaries? This unit will provide students with the skills required to independently investigate the global context of the ICT industry, and to navigate the associated professional, cultural and operational issues. Students will identify, analyse, and consider the technology trends that support globalisation and how these technologies are adopted in a local setting. They will also critically evaluate the validity of global ICT standards, in particular tools and methodologies such as ITIL/ISO 20000, PMBOK, Prince 2 , PMBOK, and CMMI.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Apply problem solving and creative thinking to identify and develop innovative solutions to complex problems in the global ICT industry
  2. Critically analyse cultural models to understand the impact of culture on the adoption of technology and the operation of multicultural teams and apply this knowledge to a case scenario
  3. Develop and present a resolved project outcome that demonstrates understanding of, and engagement with, the major issues, challenges and opportunities in the global ICT industry
  4. Communicate effectively as a professional and function as an effective leader or member of a diverse team.
  • Critical Analysis — Appraisal (Individual) 20-30%
  • Project — (Group) 30-40%
  • Research Assignment — (Individual) 30-50%

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HIT8434 — Global ICT Practice

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Students should have completed at least 50% of their postgraduate studies.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Globalisation and its impact on IT
2Cultural differences and their impact on technology
3National differences in technology adoption in geographic regions
4Doing ICT business globally
5Global technologies and architectures
6Global standards applied in ICT
7Working with cultural differences

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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