FIT5122 - Professional practice - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Information Technology

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • First semester 2017 (Online)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Online)


  • First semester 2017 (Evening)
  • Second semester 2017 (Evening)


The ONLINE offering of this unit is only available to students enrolled in off-campus course mode unless otherwise approved by the Chief Examiner.


This unit provides a practical and theoretical understanding to what it means to be an IT professional today. Students will encounter a range of issues relevant to professional practice in the workplace, including ethical and legal challenges caused by technology use. Students will research established theories and concepts and critically evaluate their practical use (taking into account many international aspects) in organisations today, as well as reviewing and understanding the wider responsibilities that IT professionals are called upon to uphold in society. Topics addressed include - organisational and professional communication; teamwork; the nature of the IT professions; the role of professional associations; problem solving and information use; cross-cultural awareness; personal and professional ethics and codes of practice.

It is highly recommended that students enrol in FIT5122 in conjunction with FIT5120 where possible. Students therefore should take FIT5120 in the last semester of their course.


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

  1. compare and contrast IT professional roles, assessing the necessity and rationale for constant review and change;
  2. identify and analyse the ethical dimensions associated with IT-related decisions, use and quality and their possible impacts on organisations and society;
  3. reflect on and analyse the need for IT professional associations and the need for codes of ethics (including the ACS) in IT development and use;
  4. research, select and apply strategies, protocols and innovative methods for effective and efficient communications across all stakeholders, evaluating their appropriateness for intercultural communications;
  5. appraise and justify various teamwork skills for various situations, demonstrating the ability to apply them by working cooperatively and managing conflict within their team;
  6. develop and apply appropriate information gathering, critical evaluation (information and its sources) and problem solving skills;
  7. evaluate, assess and communicate both personal and team progress and learning, thus engaging in meaningful reflective practice.


Examination (2 hours plus 30 minutes reading and noting time): 25%, In-semester assessment: 75%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • One 1-hour lecture
    • One 3-hour laboratory
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

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Chief examiner(s)


Full-time students must enrol in FIT5122 or FIT5104 in conjunction with FIT5120 in their final semester. Part-time students must complete FIT5122 or FIT5104 prior to enrolling in FIT5120, in their final semester. Only students completing the Archives and recordkeeping or Library and information science specialisations in the Master of Business Information Systems and Master of Business Information Systems (Professional) will enrol in FIT5104 in place of FIT5122.

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