Credit Points: 20

Prerequisite: N/A

Co-requisite: N/A

Workload: 60 contact hours

Campus: Melbourne, Sydney

Aims & Objectives

This is a core unit out of a total of 6 units in the Graduate Diploma of Networking (GDNet) and 12 units in the Master of Networking (MNet) course. This unit addresses the GDNet and MNet course learning outcomes and complements other courses in related fields by developing students’ specialised knowledge in professional practice. For further course information refer to: http://www.mit.edu.au/study-with-us/programs/master-networking, http://www.mit.edu.au/study-with-us/programs/graduate-diploma-networking. This unit is part of the AQF Level 8 (GDNet) and level 9 (MNet) courses.

This unit provides students with insights into the professional ethical and social issues associated with developing and maintaining information and communication systems. Students will work in a studio-based learning environment to discuss and understand the application of ethical standards, legal issues, professional practices and principles applicable in business environments. Additionally, students are required to participate actively in weekly classes.

This unit will cover the following topics:

  1. Professionalism and Business
  2. Managing Yourself, Leaders and Managers
  3. Professional Communication skills: Research, Writing and Presentation
  4. Professional Ethics
  5. Legal, Social and Cultural Issues
  6. IT Governance: principles, Change and Risk Management
  7. Teamwork Concepts and Societal Issues

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Explain management concepts applied in ICT organisations and society;
  2. Apply appropriate business communication, research standards in writing report and presentations of research;
  3. Analyse ethical, professional standards and codes of practice to ICT systems; 
  4. Understand the importance of team work, collaboration and life-long learning in the workplace;
  5. Compare good governance principles, processes, organisational culture, change and risk management.

Teaching Method

Lecture: 2 hours
Laboratory: 2 hours
PBL Tutorial: 1 hours
Face to Face

Assessment

Assessment Task
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Weighting
Midterm Test  a* 10%
Assignment 1 b* 10%
Assignment 2 c,d* 20%
Laboratory and Problem Based Learning participation & submission a-e* 10%
Final Examination (2 hours) a-e* 50%
Total   100%

*refer to learning outcomes above.

Textbook

  • None

Reference Reading

  • H. E. Bergeron, A pocket guide to business for engineers and surveyors, USA: John Wiley and Sons, New Jersey, 2009.
  • R. Archee, M. Gurney, and T. Mohan, Communicating As Professionals, 3rd ed. Australia: Cengage Learning, 2013.
  • C. Hamilton, Communicating for Results: A guide for business and the professional, 10th ed. Cengage Learning, 2013.
  • G. Reynolds, Ethics in Information Technology, 5th ed. Cengage Learning, 2014.
  • B. Vanacker and D. Heider, Ethics for Digital Age, Peter Lang Publishing, 2015.
  • R. Spinello, Cyberethics – Morality and Law in Cyberspace, 6th ed.  Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016.
  • S.  Baase, A gift of fire – Social, legal and ethical issues for computers and the Internet: International ed. Pearson, 2013.
  • K. Zweig, W. Neuser, V. Pipek, M. Rohde & I. Scholtes, Socioinformatics – The social Impact of Interactions between Humans and IT, 1st ed. Springer,  2016.

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicate Independent and Lifelong Learning Ethics Analytical and Problem Solving Cultural and Global Awareness Teamwork Cooperation, Participation and Leadership Specialist knowledge of a field of study
             

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  The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations 
  The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by  activities such as lectures or tutorials
  The standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard