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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 an ability to construct and present effective written and oral communication appropriate to IT practitioners
  • LO2. analyse and criticise wider issues and problems concerning professional practice in IT
  • LO3. evaluate the impact of information technology on individuals and organisations within 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. understand issues relating to ethics and professional responsibility in the IT profession and be able to analyse and resolve ethical dilemmas
  • LO6. understand aspects of intellectual property and its protection
  • LO7. analyse current trends in human resource management in the IT industry
  • LO8. understand issues related to, and select approaches for managing, software testing, data security, data quality, and quality assurance in the IT industry
  • LO9. define the use of IT in different industries
  • LO10. describe and apply skills relating to professional practice in IT project management
  • LO11. select and apply investigative research methods, models and tools to IT professional practice; identify and critique changing information on the area of interest; and interpret the potential validity of results