The Information Systems Professional

Unit code: BCO6672 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
VU Brisbane
VU Sydney


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.

By studying this unit, the students will possess a range of soft skills that will make them competitive in job market and they will position themselves for career development and promotion.

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 ICT professionals in influencing and achieving business goals with a view of innovation and entrepreneurship; and
  5. Interrogate the organisational dynamics and role of an ICT professional within the business environment.
  6. Participate in an academic community through reflective and critical engagement in academic texts and understanding of principles of academic integrity.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 25%
Scenario-based exercises
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 40%
Research Report based on finding gap between the current practices in industry and the research trend in the literature
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 35%
Written Report and Presentation based on the role of ICT professionals in influencing and achieving business goals (Group)
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 0%
Evidence of completion of the Academic Integrity Modules

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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