Professional Issues in Information Technology - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Individual (20-30%) , Assignment 2 - Group (30-50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,925.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 3,175.00

The unit aims to assist students in identifying and understanding issues relating to the personal and organisational application of ICT with particular emphasis on ethics and privacy.

Students will develop a sense of professional responsibility through exploring professional codes of ethics articulated by professional accrediting bodies.

Students will explore a range of social, legal, ethical and business issues that ICT professionals face in their careers.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Develop and present a resolved project outcome which synthesises an understanding of ethical and socio-technical challenges faced by an ICT professional
  2. Evaluate the role of standards, codes of conduct and legislative/regulatory obligations on the level of professionalism of the ICT industry
  3. Review the roles and responsibilities of ICT professionals in organisations and society from a range of perspectives such as work-life balance, mentoring and life-long learning
  4. Communicate effectively as a professional and function as an effective leader or member of a diverse team.
  • Assignment 1 — Individual (20-30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Group (30-50%)
  • Assignment 3 — Group and Individual (10-20%)
  • Assignment 4 — Individual (20-30%)

Students must have completed 12 units in Information Systems prior to enrolling into this unit.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Ethics and professionalism, including the philosophical foundations of professional ethics
2Formal codes of ethics and codes of conduct and their impact on the work and behaviour of ICT professionals
3Understanding industry drivers, ICT trends within industries and interconnectedness between industries focusing on Australian industry
4Professionals' roles and responsibilities, professional work behaviours and attitudes including a focus on the structure of ICT work
5Business compliance imperatives and the implications for ICT professionals
6Issues in both employee and contractor relationships, including responsibilities and management issues involved in providing IT contracting services
7Social impacts of ICT, including understanding the impacts of ICT on end-users & consumers(with an emphasis on privacy, security & copyright matters)
8Life-long learning and career development as it relates to sound professional practice

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  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.
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