Professional Issues in IT - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP4
  • Assessment: Paper - Brief (25-35%) , Presentation - Group (15-25%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,000.00
Domestic continuing 2,512.00
International 3,250.00
International continuing 2,762.00

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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 the professional code 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.

Upon 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. Critically evaluate the role of standards, codes of conduct and legislative/regulatory obligations on the level of professionalism of the ICT industry
  3. Exhibit a cognizance of the impacts of business compliance imperatives and how this impacts on the work of the ICT professional
  4. Critically 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
  5. Communicate effectively as a professional and function as an effective leader or member of a diverse team.
  • Paper — Brief (25-35%)
  • Presentation — Group (15-25%)
  • Project — Portfolio - Group (10-20%)
  • Reflective Task — (20-30%)
  • Report — Group (20-30%)

Mandatory co-requisites

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Ethics, privacy and professionalism, including the philosophical foundations of professional ethics.
2Formal codes of conduct and their impact on the work and behaviour of ICT professionals.
3ICT trends and drivers within industries and the interconnectedness between industries.
4Professionals┬┐ roles, responsibilities, work behaviours and attitudes with a focus on the Skills Foundation for the Information Age (SFIA).
5Business compliance imperatives, including: Sarbanes Oxley and Australian Standard 8015 and their impacts on the work of ICT professionals.
6Issues in both employee and contractor relationships, including responsibilities and management issues involved in providing IT contracting services.
7Social impacts of ICT with particular focus on end-users and consumers.
8Life-long learning and career development as it relates to sound professional practice.

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