FIT1049 - IT professional practice - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Information Technology

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Chris Messom

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)

South Africa

  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


Completion of 12 points of FIT units.




This unit provides a practical and theoretical introduction to what it means to be an IT professional today. Students will encounter a range of issues relevant to professional practice in the workplace, as well as an understanding of the wider responsibilities that professionals are called upon to uphold in society. Topics addressed include: organisational and professional communication; mindfulness; 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.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe a variety of roles for IT professional and the personal, social, ethical and legal impacts arising from their work;
  2. analyse and describe how the ACS Code of Professional Conduct applies to IT professionals in a variety of scenarios. In this context discuss what professional associations are available to IT professionals and why they are important;
  3. effectively participate in a range of two way oral and written communication forms using appropriate intrapersonal and interpersonal communication skills and technologies;
  4. use a variety of techniques to enhance working co-operatively and managing conflict as part of a team;
  5. gather information, critically evaluate the material and use correct citation techniques when writing the material into an appropriate format.


Examination (2 hours): 40%, In-semester assessment: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • One 2-hour lecture
    • One 2-hour tutorial
    • One 1-hour mindfulness tutorial (weeks 2-6 or 7-11)
    • One 1-hour meeting (weeks 7-12)
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 7 hours of personal study per one hour of lecture time in order to satisfy the reading, tute, practical and assignment expectations.

See also Unit timetable information

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Information and society

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