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Professional Computing Practice

Undergraduate | RMI-CPT310 | 2024

Gain commercial insight into computing ethics, law and marketing in a professional, technical setting. Dig into the dark corners of malware, computer crime and terrorism. Study privacy, patents, royalties and global laws protecting software systems.

Study method
100% online
Subject may require attendance
Entry requirements
Part of a degree
13 weeks
Start dates
27 May 2024

HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available

Professional Computing Practice

About this subject

  • Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

    1. Recognise the need for computing ethics in the Information Technology (IT) industry and the complexities involved in computer ethical issues, and use the available legal tools to safeguard a developer’s interests when developing / publishing / marketing software
    2. Discuss, explain and apply concepts of business organization, business practices, system acquisition, marketing principles and the major ethical theories
    3. Discuss, explain and apply ethical, social media, political, economic, legal, and marketing issues relevant to the IT industry; and methods available to resolve these issues including the legalities involved in starting a computer (software) company
    4. Discuss, analyse and evaluate computing practice case studies, prepare SWOT analyses, and create detailed business plans using the proper language of the field in both written and oral presentations
    5. Work effectively in a small group of peers to analyse computing practice scenarios, and to assess the work of peers
    6. Demonstrate self-directed learning and more specifically the role of life-long learning for the longevity and progression of your career in IT.

Entry requirements

To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted into a degree.

Prior study

To help set you up for success before you start this subject, we suggest completing or having equivalent knowledge in:

  • RMI-CPT230-Software Engineering Fundamentals (no longer available)


If you are studying this subject for the Bachelor of Technology (Information Systems) Swinburne you must complete INF10006 and COS10012 before starting this subject.

Additional requirements

  • Software requirements - Word Processing software (eg. Microsoft Word, Google Docs, etc)
  • Other requirements - Stable broadband connection required to access online learning materials and live chat sessions/recordings.(note: mobile broadband users may have difficulties participating in live chat sessions)

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

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