Professional Issues in IT

ICT80008 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1 Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Mar 21 - 30 May 21

6 Jul 21

Last self enrolment:
14 Mar 21

31 Mar 21

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Apr 21

2 Aug 21 - 31 Oct 21

7 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Aug 21

31 Aug 21

Last withdraw without fail:
17 Sep 21


 Concurrent Requisite

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.

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.