Job market put high pressures on IS graduates: they are required not only have knowledge and expertise in IS, but also have a range of soft skills as well as position themselves for career development and promotion. Being agile to all new developments and technological advances in their area as well as having an entrepreneurial insights are must-haves to stay relevant in the profession and to flourish. 
The unit looks into development of skills and capacities of an information and communications technology (ICT) professional including career development, ethical behaviour, and communication and management skills within a variety of professional scenarios. The unit critically evaluates contemporary issues relevant to an ICT professional such as data governance, communication of IS insights to wide variety of stakeholder, networking and professional membership. The unit also includes the role and importance of innovation and entrepreneurship in IS and prepares students for career development planning across a number of IS application areas.

Unit details

Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
BCO6672

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 information systems, data management and insights communication;  
  3. Devise and exemplify the career development strategies and networking actions as well as interrogate the professional activities aimed at creating and promoting professional visibility and credibility in the job market;  
  4. Argue the role played by IT professionals in influencing and achieving business goals with a view of innovation and entrepreneurship; and  
  5. Interrogate the organisational dynamics and role of an information professional within the business environment.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Practical Exercises based on scenarios of ICT use for data management strategy, data presentation and communication with different stakeholders 25%
Assignment Written Report and Presentation based on the role of IT professionals in influencing and achieving business goals (group) 35%
Assignment Research Report based on researching a contemporary business issues related to the use of IS 40%

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