BN201 - Professional Issues of Information Technology

Credit Points: 15

Prerequisite: N/A

Co-requisite: N/A

Workload: 48 contact hours

Campus: Melbourne, Sydney

Aims & Objectives

This is a second trimester core unit out of a total of 24 units in the Bachelor of Networking (BNet). This unit addresses the BNet course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ specialised knowledge in professional practice including ethical and social issues. For further course information refer to: This unit is part of the AQF Level 7 (BNet) course.

This unit provides students with insights into the ethical and social issues associated with developing and maintaining information 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 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: 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. Comprehend appropriate business communication, research standards in writing report and presentations of research;
  3. Interpret 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. Demonstrate good governance principles, processes, organisational culture, change and risk management.

Teaching Method

Lecture: 2 hours
Tutorial/Workshop: 2 hours
Face to Face


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

*refer to learning outcomes above.


  • 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. Shafer_Landau, The Fundamental of Ethics, 3rd ed. Oxford University Press, 2014
  • R. Spinello, Cyberethics – Morality and Law in Cyberspace, 6th ed.  Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016
  • K. Zweig, W. Neuser, V. Pipek, M. Rohde and 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 communicateIndependent and Lifelong LearningEthicsAnalytical and Problem SolvingCultural and Global AwarenessTeamwork Cooperation, Participation and LeadershipSpecialist knowledge of a field of study


Colour coding    

Extent covered

                               The standard  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 standard 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 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