MN501 - Network Management in Organisations

Credit Points: 20 credit points

Workload: 60 hours

Prerequisite: N/A

Co-requisite: N/A

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:, 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 includes the following topics:

  • Professionalism and Business 
  • Managing Yourself, Leaders and Managers 
  • Professional Communication Skills: Research, Writing and Presentation
  • Professional Ethics 
  • Legal, Social and Cultural Issues
  • IT Governance: Principles, Change and Risk Management
  • Teamwork Concepts and Societal Issues

Learning Outcomes

4.1 Course Learning Outcomes
The Course learning outcomes applicable to this unit are listed on the Melbourne Institute of Technology’s website: 

4.2 Unit Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this unit students should be able to:
a. Explain management concepts applied in ICT organisations and society; 
b. Apply appropriate business communication, research standards in writing reports and in the presentation of research;
c. Analyse ethical, professional standards and codes of practice in relation to ICT systems;  
d. Understand the importance of team work, collaboration and life-long learning in the workplace;
e. Compare good governance principles, processes, organisational culture, change and risk management in business environments.

Weekly Topics

This unit will cover the content below:

Week Topics
1 Professionalism and Organisations
2 Managing Yourself, Leaders and Managers
3 Professional Communication
4 Professional Ethics
5 Writing Professionally: Process and Style
6 Professional Research
7 Oral Reports and Presentations
8 Legal, Social and Cultural Issues
9 ICT Governance Principles
10 Collaboration in ICT Organisations
11 ICT Standards
12 Review/Revision


Assessment Task Due Date Release Date A B Learning Outcomes Assessed
Formative Assignment 1 Week 3 (10/4/2022) Week 1 5%   a
In-class test (On Campus, Face to Face) Week 5 (28/4/2022) Week 1   10% a-b
Assignment 2 Group Week 11 (3/6/2022) Week 6 25%   c-e
Class participation & contribution Week 2-11(9/6/2022) Week 1-10 10%   a-e
Final Examination (3 hours)       50% a-e
TOTALS     40% 60%  

Task Type: Type A: unsupervised, Type B: supervised.

Class Participation and Contribution
This unit has class participation and student contribution as an assessment. The assessment task and marking rubric will follow the Guidelines on Assessing Class Participation ( Further details will be provided in the assessment specification on the type of assessment tasks and the marking rubrics.

Textbook and Reference Materials

Prescribed Books: None

Other references:

  • G. Reynolds, Ethics in Information Technology. 6th ed., Cengage Learning, 2019.
  • C. Hamilton, Communicating for Results: A guide for business and the professional. 10th ed., Cengage Learning, 2018.
  • R. Spinello, Cyberethics – Morality and Law in Cyberspace. 6th ed.,  Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016.
  • H. E. Bergeron, A pocket guide to business for engineers and surveyors. New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons,  2009.
  • R. Archee, M. Gurney, and T. Mohan, Communicating As Professionals. 3rd ed., Australia: Cengage Learning, 2013.
  • B. Vanacker and D. Heider, Ethics for A Digital Age. Peter Lang Publishing, 2015.
  • S.  Baase, A Gift of Fire – Social, Legal and Ethical Issues for Computers and the Internet. International ed., Pearson, 2013.

Adopted Reference Style: IEEE 

Graduate Attributes

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 Team work Specialist knowledge of a field of study


Levels of attainment Extent covered
The attribute is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations.
The attribute is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations.
The attribute 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 attribute 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 attribute is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this attribute.