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INFO5990: Professional Practice in IT

This Unit of Study introduces the students to some of the concepts, standards and techniques associated with the current professional practice in information technology in the business environment. Students will encounter a range of concepts, techniques and professional issues including interpersonal and organisational communication, human resources and conflict resolution, globalisation, professional ethics, social impacts of IT, data security, data quality assurance, system audit, investigative research and project management practice. Practical and real world case studies will be used as part of the learning to enhance the in-class teachings to the needs of industry.

Code INFO5990
Academic unit Computer Science
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Students enrolled in INFO5990 are assumed to have previously completed a Bachelor's degree in some area of IT, or have completed a Graduate Diploma in some area of IT, or have many years experience as a practising IT professional.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate the developed awareness and skills relating to written and oral communication vital for professional IT practitioners
  • LO2. demonstrate awareness of wider issues and problems concerning professional practice in IT
  • LO3. demonstrate awareness of the impact of information technology in our globalised world
  • LO4. demonstrate awareness of and have gained skills in aspects of professional practice including conflict resolution, contract negotiation, team formation, leadership and team dynamics
  • LO5. appreciate issues relating to ethics and professional responsibility in the IT profession and be able to resolve hypothetical ethical dilemmas
  • LO6. understand aspects of intellectual property and its protection
  • LO7. discuss current trends in human resource management in the IT industry
  • LO8. appreciate issues concerning software testing, data security, data quality, quality assurance, system audit and the value of information for decision support systems
  • LO9. gain an understanding of the use of IT in different industries
  • LO10. develop an understanding and skills relating to professional practice in IT project management
  • LO11. select and apply investigative research methods, models and tools to IT professional practice and develop an informed opinion on the area of analysis, and demonstrate the ability to identify and monitor changing information on the area of interest and seek expertise as required, and recognise the limitations potentially affecting the potential accuracy of the results

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