Professional Issues in IT
- One Semester or equivalent
- 24 hours face to face + blended
On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.
2023 teaching periods
Higher Ed. Semester 2
Last self enrolment:
Last withdraw without fail:
Completion either prior or at the same time
Aims and objectives
This unit assists students in identifying and understanding issues relating to the personal and organisational application of Information and Communication Technologies (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.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Develop and present a resolved project outcome which critically synthesises knowledge 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.
Unit information in detail
- Teaching methods, assessment and content.
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On Campus Class
Online (asynchronous Lecture)
Unspecified Activities Independent Learning
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Unit Learning Outcomes (ULOs)
• Privacy considerations in a networked world
• 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 structure of ICT work as provided by the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA)
• Gender equality, diversity, inclusion and group dynamics in the ICT domain
• Business compliance imperatives and their impacts on the work of ICT professionals
• Issues in both employee and contractor relationships, including responsibilities and management issues involved in providing Information Technology (IT) contracting services
• Digital disruption and emerging technology implications for ICT professionals
• Life-long learning and career development as it relates to sound professional practice
• Social impacts of ICT with particular focus on end-users and consumers
- Reading materials.
Students are advised to check the unit outline in the relevant teaching period for appropriate textbooks and further reading.