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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2010 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Graeme Johanson


This unit prepares students for the professional workplace, through a professional placement in a library, archives, registry or other information agency; and a lecture/seminar series on professional issues within the information industry. The placement enables students to link theory with professional practice, and develops understanding of the role of information agencies within their environment. Lectures/seminars draw on current professional literature and key players in the field to explore a range of topical issues within the profession, the role of professional ethics and professional associations, and career opportunities within the industry.


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • evaluate professional literature and knowledge in relation to practice;
  • analyse current issues relating to the information industry;
  • apply theories and practice of their selected specialisation to the workplace;
  • demonstrate practical skills at a professional level in an information agency or information-related functional area, as well as an ability to interact effectively with work colleagues and clients;
  • assess career opportunities within the information industry and develop a personal career plan;
  • evaluate the role in professional practice of ethical codes, professional literature, professional networks and professional associations.


Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%
Supervised professional placement and host supervisors report (PGO)

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Graeme Johanson

Contact hours

3 hrs lecture/wk


FIT3122 or FIT3123 or equivalent
Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Information Systems, or the IM major of the Bachelor of Information Technology & Systems.


LAR3654, LAR3634, IMS3615, FIT5104, IMS5015

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: