Subject details

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

Students who successfully complete this subject 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. Critically analyse 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Assignment 1 - Individual (30-40%) (0%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment 2 - Group (30-40%) (0%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assignment 3 - Individual (20-40%) (0%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s); or enrol in the following subject(s) to study at the same time or prior to this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

The subject assists students in identifying and understanding issues relating to the personal and organisational application 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.

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