Professional Issues in IT

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Swinburne University of Technology
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

The Professional Issues in IT unit from Swinburne University of Technology, offered online by Open Universities Australia, will get you acquainted with tackling technology problems in a professional setting.

This course will prepare you for encountering a variety of IT complications by comparing and contrasting obstacles that emerge in different fields. By the end of the unit you will understand what to consider when faced with a range of issues.

You will discuss the Skills Foundation for the Information Age (SFIA) as well as the Sarbanes Oxley Act and Australian Standard 8015 to master the rules and regulations regarding the industry.

The unit also focuses on ethics and privacy in the world of IT, and will help you operate independently or as a group leader.

Eligibility

Applicants must have been accepted into, and already completed eight units of one of the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Master of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma of Information Technology Project Management, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Master of Information Technology Project Management, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Graduate Certificate of Information Technology Project Management, Swinburne University of Technology

Areas of study

In this Professional Issues in IT unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Ethics, privacy and professionalism, including the philosophical foundations of professional ethics
  • Formal codes of conduct and their impact on the work and behaviour of ICT professionals
  • ICT trends and drivers within industries and the interconnectedness between industries
  • Professionals’ roles, responsibilities work behaviours and attitudes with a focus on the Skills Foundation for the Information Age (SFIA)
  • Business compliance imperatives, including Sarbanes Oxley and Australian Standard 8015 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 with particular focus on end-users and consumers
  • Life-long learning and career development as it relates to sound professional practice

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Master of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma of Information Technology Project Management, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Master of Information Technology Project Management, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Graduate Certificate of Information Technology Project Management, Swinburne University of Technology

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?

Completing Professional Issues in IT will give you a better understanding of the important aspects of the industry outside of simply diagnosing problems. By the end of the unit you will have a clearer idea of your role in the business world, including how important it is to comply with business legislation.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Professional Issues in IT from Swinburne University of Technology.
  • 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 may be 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 a government FEE-HELP loan, 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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