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IT Professional Practice (ICT521)

Organisational Unit Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit focuses on current expected professional practice in the information technology (IT) industry, and the legal and ethical challenges raised by new technologies. Topics include: professional standards and codes of practice; modes of communication including professional presentations and technical writing; legal requirements and responsibilities, including privacy issues; copyright and intellectual property issues; employment and principles of human resource management within the organisation and across a global context.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of what it is to be an ICT professional particularly with reference to:
- commonly accepted professional practice
- a range of legal and ethical issues
- communication modes and standards.
The unit is designed specifically to provide you with opportunities to:
ULO1 - describe the requirements of a profession and argue for/against ICT as a profession
ULO2 - analyse professional behaviours and develop a framework for an ICT code of ethical practice in line with such behaviours
ULO3 - demonstrate professional communication practices including:

i. applicable modes of communication
ii. technical writing appropriate to different professional situations
iii. Presentations
ULO4 - address legal responsibilities and ethical issues described in scenarios including:

i. Privacy Law
ii. Intellectual Property (IP)
iii. Employment Laws
and determine the validity of the stance taken
ULO5 - discuss ICT in a global context
ULO6 - develop ICT policy based on frameworks of good practice.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/Workshops: 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is enquiry-based. The lecture component and associated readings will provide the theoretical framework for the unit material. Students will integrate this material with experience based around their own interests, background and personal and career objectives, to construct learning for the unit. Weekly topics include In Class Activities which are undertaken in small groups, working co-operatively. These activities motivate learning by providing a common experience base to illustrate abstract or complex concepts and ideas.
Students are expected to contribute to lecture presentation and workshop discussion, and to develop a pool of resource materials for the unit.
Assessment Assessment covers both the practical and theoretical components of the unit:
Assessment 1 - InClassActivity - ePortfolio and participation: 15%. These act as evidence of active participation in the workshop sessions.
Assessment 2 - Assignment 1: 10% - students develop a Standard of Conduct for the IT employees within an organisation. A group-based activity.
Assessment 3 - Assignment 2: 15% -students discuss an ethical case from the perspective of a moral stance. An individual activity based on prior group work which includes presentation: 10% - based on work completed in Assignment 2.
Assessment 4 - Final examination: 50% - a closed-book examination of two (2) hours duration. The examination consists of a case study; students analyse and reply to five (5) questions.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level IT course or permission of the Academic Chair.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (GradCertIT)
Graduate Diploma in Data Science (GradDipDataSci)
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology [New in 2020]
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management (GradDipITMan)
Graduate Diploma in Internetworking and Security (GradDipIntwkSecur)
Master of Information Technology (MIT)
Master of Science in Information Technology (MScIT) [New in 2020]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Polychronis Koutsakis
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6475
e: p.koutsakis@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.1.012 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Polychronis Koutsakis
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6475
e: p.koutsakis@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.1.012 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
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