Faculty of Information Technology

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Information Technology



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit provides a practical and theoretical introduction to what it means to be an IT professional today. Students will encounter a range of issues relevant to professional practice in the workplace, as well as an understanding of the wider responsibilities that professionals are called upon to uphold in society. Topics addressed include: organisational and professional communication; mindfulness; teamwork; the nature of the IT professions; the role of professional associations; problem solving and information use; cross-cultural awareness; personal and professional ethics and codes of practice.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe a variety of roles for IT professional and the personal, social, ethical and legal impacts arising from their work;
  2. analyse and describe how the ACS Code of Professional Conduct applies to IT professionals in a variety of scenarios. In this context discuss what professional associations are available to IT professionals and why they are important;
  3. effectively participate in a range of two way oral and written communication forms using appropriate intrapersonal and interpersonal communication skills and technologies.
  4. use a variety of techniques to enhance working co-operatively and managing conflict as part of a team;
  5. gather information, critically evaluate the material and use correct citation techniques when writing the material into an appropriate format.


Examination (3 hours): 25%; In-semester assessment: 75%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • One 2-hour lecture
  • One 2-hour tutorial
  • One 1-hour meeting

(b.) Study schedule for off-campus students:

  • Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • a minimum of 7 hours of personal study in some weeks for completing tutorial and assignment work, private study and revision.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Completion of 24 points of Information Technology units



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