This unit develops skills and capacities of an information and communications technology (ICT) professional including career development, ethical behaviour, communication and management skills within a variety of professional scenarios. The unit critically evaluates contemporary issues relevant to an ICT professional such as professional values and ethical codes of conduct related to working in local and global communities and individual responsibilities within these. The unit also includes the role and importance of professional standards organisations, involvement in business practices (eg negotiation), professional competencies (eg risk assessments and feasibility studies) and contemporary issues related to ICT (eg security, privacy, internet censorship, workplace surveillance and digital intellectual property) required to contribute to an equitable and sustainable world.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse scenarios of ICT use and clearly identify the issues, consequences and alternative views;  
  2. Critically evaluate contemporary issues related to the use of ICT and the role that ICT plays in society;  
  3. Justify diversity and ethical principles to case situations of ICT use;  
  4. Advocate for the issues and requirements of ethical compliance as an information professional including legal and legislative requirements for IT professional practice for individual and public good;  
  5. Exemplify the role of ICT professionals and their interactions with users of information and the wider community through debate and practice as a responsible and ethical member of the ICT profession;  
  6. Argue the role played by IT and responsibilities of IT professionals in influencing and achieving business goals ethically in contemporary organisations; and  
  7. Interrogate the organisational dynamics and role of an information professional within the business environment, and exercise professional judgements by mediating and negotiating a business ICT agreement and demonstrate professional skills in business processes by balancing negotiations for individual, industry and society.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Group Assignment (Written Report and Presentation) 35%
Assignment Debate, Counter Argument 30%
Assignment Mediation; Reflection on Mediation 20%
Other Online and Class Participation 15%

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