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Professional Issues in IT

Overview of the unit

Unit code: ICT30005

Duration: 1 teaching period

About this unit

Students will learn to identify and understand issues relating to the personal and organisational application of ICT. Students will develop a sense of professional responsibility through exploring professional codes of ethics articulated by professional accrediting bodies. Students will explore a range of social, legal, ethical and business issues that ICT professionals face in their careers.

Content

Topics may include:

  • ethics and professionalism, including the philosophical foundations of professional ethics
  • formal codes of ethics and codes of conduct (ACS and others, including a selection from ACM, AIS, IEEE-CS, ACM Software Engineering,
  • Engineers Australia), and their impact on the work and behaviour of ICT professionals
  • understanding industry drivers, ICT trends within industries and interconnectedness between industries (with a focus on the Australian industry, including support provided by professional societies and industry associations)
  • professionals’ roles and responsibilities, professional work behaviours and attitudes (including a focus on the structure of ICT work such as provided, for example, by the Skills Foundation for the Information Age (SFIA)
  • business compliance imperatives, including: Sarbanes Oxley, & Australian Standard 8015 (Corporate Governance of Information & Communication Technologies) and their implications for ICT professionals; privacy legislation and anti-money laundering legislation; and their impacts on the work of ICT professionals
  • issues in both employee and contractor relationships, including responsibilities and management issues involved in providing IT contracting services
  • social impacts of ICT, including understanding the impacts of ICT on end-users and consumers(with an emphasis on privacy, security and copyright matters)
  • life-long learning and career development as it relates to sound professional practice.

This unit is found in the Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology.

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