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FIT1003

Faculty of Information Technology

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Information Technology

Offered

South Africa

  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)

Synopsis

The unit will provide students with an introduction and broad overview of the application of IT to the management of information in organisations, and the role of the IT professional in developing and implementing IT-based solutions to information problems. The discussion of the organisational framework for IT and IT professional practice will be set within its broader social context. The opportunities, problems and risks associated with IT will be examined, together with their implications for the rights and responsibilities of IT professionals.

Outcomes

At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the basic concepts of information and information systems in relation to organisational structures;
  2. describe the business and information management processes and functions for which IT is used in organisations and in which IT professionals are involved;
  3. explain the processes of acquiring, developing and managing IT in organisations and the risks and liabilities arising from the usage and application of IT in organisations;
  4. explain the importance of information to organisational processes and functions and the role and responsibilities of IT practitioners;
  5. identify and describe the organisational and social impacts of IT and the ethical dimensions of IT related decisions;
  6. describe the roles of IT practitioners in organisations and the range of ethical and professional rights and responsibilities associated with them and the importance of the inter-relationships between the IT staff and the stakeholders in organisations.

Assessment

Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • Two hours lectures
  • Two hour tutorial

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Abraham van der Vyver

Prohibitions

CSE1204, ELC1000, IMS1704, BUS1021, CPE1006

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