Professional Computing Practice

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: RMIT University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

if you’ve got the technical knowledge, but do you understand the business side of IT, this Professional Computing Practice is the ideal unit for you.

Delivered online by Open Universities Australia, in partnership with RMIT University, the unit of study covers important areas such as IP law and business principles so that you can operate confidently and ethically as an IT professional.

The unit starts with an introduction to ethics and outlines the philosophical and professional considerations you need to make when working in software development and IT service provision.

You will learn about privacy and security in the context of social networking, Google and the internet at large, and delve into legal issues such as patents and copyright law, with a strong focus on purchasing software licences.

The unit also covers your responsibilities as a provider of IT support, and who is responsible for defective programs. The unit pulls in the relevant legislation for the Australian context to provide a definition of IT crime so that you can be confident you’re operations are legally sound.

Apart from these vital lessons in avoiding risk, you will also need to think about how to make your business successful. The unit gives you an introduction to marketing principles to help you make solid business decisions.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enrol in this unit, it is recommended that you complete the following unit or possess equivalent knowledge:

Areas of study

In this Professional Computing Practice unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Ethics, professional codes
  • Philosophical ethics - theory and investigating
  • Professional ethics and the internet, Google and Facebook
  • Professional ethics and social networking, Twitter
  • IP, copyright, trademarks
  • Patents, copyright issues and software licenses
  • Professional ethics and responsibilities, defective IT – who is responsible?
  • Privacy and security
  • Marketing, swot
  • Legal systems, Australian law and contracts
  • Malware
  • IT crime

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit of study will provide you with the ethical awareness and legal knowledge to ensure your business practices in the IT sector are of a professional standard.

You will also gain marketing and business skills that will assist your business ventures, and enable you to:

  • Understand relevant principles of ethics and apply them to your work as an IT professional
  • Have an awareness of the standards set by professional computing societies
  • Find and apply legal tools to protect your interests and those of your colleagues when developing and marketing software
  • Apply ethics throughout the software development cycle
  • Start a software company which conforms to the legal requirements and recommendations
  • Understand the influences and priorities for the information technology industry
  • Conduct a S.W.O.T analysis, draft objectives and develop a marketing plan, while allowing for contingencies

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Professional Computing Practice from RMIT University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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