MIT505 IT Professional and Ethics

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 1, Semester 2
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: MIT503 Systems Development  
Typical study commitment: Students will on average spend 10 hours per week over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Scheduled learning activities: 3 timetabled hours per week, 7 personal study hours per week

Unit description 

The unit provides an understanding of what it means to be an IT professional and what is expected from an IT professional in an organisation and in the society as a whole. It provides students with an overview of the requirements and skills for responsible and ethical practice in IT profession as well as opportunities for developing and applying effective communications and management skills.

Unit learning outcomes (ULO)   

On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Understand professional standards, values and expectations.
ULO2 Understand the ethical issues facing Information Technology Professionals.
ULO3 Demonstrate knowledge of ethical values and standards.
ULO4 Analyse a wide selection of legal issues associated with IT.
ULO5 Develop the necessary interpersonal and communication skills required to operate effectively as an IT professional in a globalised industry.

Topics to be included in the unit

1. An Overview of Ethics
2. Ethics for IT Professionals and IT Users.
3. Cyberattacks and Cybersecurity
4. Information Privacy and Government
5. Intellectual Property
6. Freedom of Expression
7. Ethical Decisions in Software Development
8. Social Networking
9. Ethics of AI and Big Data
10. Ethics of Organizations: Cultures and Norms, Leadership and decision making
11. Skill development, communication, negotiation and team-building
12. Emerging issues in IT Professional and Ethics


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Class Participation 30% 12
Assessment 2: Online Quiz 10% 5
Assessment 3: Group Report 30% 12
Assessment 4: Final Exam 30% Final exam week

The assessment due weeks provided may change. Your lecturer will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.