Faculty of Information Technology

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedNot offered in 2014


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 should 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.


Presentation on Professional Placement: 25%; Participation in Seminar and Discussion Forum: 25%; Professional Practice Research Project: 50%; Supervised professional placement and host supervisor's report (PGO grade)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • One 3-hour lecture

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.


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 and Systems.


LAR3654, LAR3634, IMS3615, FIT5104, IMS5015

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