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INFO5990: Professional Practice in IT (2020 - Semester 1)

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Unit: INFO5990: Professional Practice in IT (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Evening
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Computer Science
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Vaghjiani, Khimji
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
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Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This Unit of Study introduces the students to some of the concepts, standards and techniques associated with the current professional practice in information technology in the business environment.

Students will encounter a range of concepts, techniques and professional issues including interpersonal and organisational communication, human resources and conflict resolution, globalisation, professional ethics, social impacts of IT, data security, data quality assurance, system audit, investigative research and project management practice. Practical and real world case studies will be used as part of the learning to enhance the in-class teachings to the needs of industry.
Assumed Knowledge: Students enrolled in INFO5990 are assumed to have previously completed a Bachelor`s degree in some area of IT, or have completed a Graduate Diploma in some area of IT, or have many years experience as a practising IT professional.
Additional Notes: The main focus of the subject is to provide students with the necessary tools, basic skills, experience and adequate knowledge so they develop an awareness and an understanding of the responsibilities and issues associated with professional conduct and practice in the information technology sector.

This unit is for MIT, MITM, MIT/MITM students only.
Lecturer/s: Dr Vaghjiani, Khimji
Tutor/s: Dr. Khimji Vaghjiani
Timetable: INFO5990 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 1.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 7.00 13
T&L Activities: Students will be formed into teams of about five and will undertake several activities as a member of this team.

Oral presentations will take place in Weeks 6 -12. Students will present to groups of their peers, who will evaluate the presentations for both individual and group assignments.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Unassigned Outcomes
1. Have developed awareness and skills relating to written and oral communication vital for professional IT practitioners.
2. Be aware of wider issues and problems concerning professional practice in IT.
3. Be aware of the impact of information technology in our globalised world.
4. Be aware of and have gained skills in aspects of professional practice including conflict resolution, contract negotiation, team formation, leadership and team dynamics.
5. Appreciate issues relating to ethics and professional responsibility in the IT profession and be able to resolve hypothetical ethical dilemmas.
6. Understand aspects of intellectual property and its protection.
7. Be able to discuss current trends in human resource management in the IT industry.
8. Appreciate issues concerning software testing, data security, data quality, quality assurance, system audit and the value of information for decision support systems.
9. Gain an understanding of the use of IT in different industries
10. Have developed understanding and skills relating to professional practice in IT project management.
11. Be capable of selecting and applying investigative research methods, models and tools to IT professional practice and develop an informed opinion on the area of analysis. Have developed the ability to identify and monitor changing information on the area of interest and seek expertise as required. Recognises the limitations potentially affecting the potential accuracy of the results.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Online Quiz 1 No 10.00 Week 4 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 10, 11,
2 Online Quiz 2 No 10.00 Week 13 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11,
3 Assignment 2: Group Project Yes 20.00 Week 10 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11,
4 Assignment 2: Group Oral Presentation Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 3,
5 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
Assessment Description: Assignments:

Quizzes: The quizzes will be completed online. Quiz 1 will be due in week 4 and quiz 2 in week 13.

Group Plan: The assignment will be a professional practice case study in an IT project. The aim is to use skills and knowledge learned from the unit to gain an appreciation and awareness of the complexity of IT projects.

Group Presentation: Students will give a 10 minute presentation demonstrating the ability to communicate in orally at a professional standard, including the use of presentation software.

Written Exam:

Final Exam: Students will answer questions covering topics form all areas of the course.
Assessment Feedback: Students will receive feedback from each of the assessment components.

Minimum performance criteria

Students must obtain minimum 45% in the final exam to pass the unit, regardless of the sum of your individual marks.

There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes.

Penalties for lateness will apply to assignments unless previously advised.

Late penalties should be “reasonable” and commensurate to the tardiness. The Sub-Dean suggests that any penalty for lateness should not be greater than 20% per day.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Minimum Pass Requirement It is a policy of the School of Computer Science that in order to pass this unit, a student must achieve at least 40% in the written examination. For subjects without a final exam, the 40% minimum requirement applies to the corresponding major assessment component specified by the lecturer. A student must also achieve an overall final mark of 50 or more. Any student not meeting these requirements may be given a maximum final mark of no more than 45 regardless of their average.
Policies & Procedures: IMPORTANT: School policy relating to Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

In assessing a piece of submitted work, the School of Computer Science may reproduce it entirely, may provide a copy to another member of faculty, and/or to an external plagiarism checking service or in-house computer program and may also maintain a copy of the assignment for future checking purposes and/or allow an external service to do so.

Other policies

See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Online Course Content:
Note on Resources: There are no textbooks prescribed for this subject, although a number of books available at the University's library are referenced as well a number of Professional Association Bodies such as the Australian Computer Society, resources from varios organisation's thought leaders.

An extensive list of papers from well known Academic Journals also form part of the material used as a reference for the subject.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Course Objectives and Managing team work: the challenge of leadership
Week 2 Managing Human Resources in IT, and Change Management
Week 3 IT systems Audit and QA
Week 4 Written and Oral communications in IT
Assessment Due: Online Quiz 1
Week 5 Research Methods
Week 6 Professional Practice in Project Management
Week 7 Managing Complex IT Projects
Week 8 Managing Software Testing
Week 9 Managing, protecting and systems integration
Week 10 Ethics, ethical behaviour and professional responsibility
Assessment Due: Assignment 2: Group Project
Week 11 Ethics and the IT Profession
Week 12 Tools and techniques for decision making
Week 13 Course Review
Assessment Due: Online Quiz 2
STUVAC (Week 14) Study Week
Exam Period Exam Period
Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Information Technology 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Information Technology Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of IT/Master of IT Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Information Technology (till 2014) 2014
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Software) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Software) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Software 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Software / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Software / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Software / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software Engineering (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Software Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) 2014 and earlier 2011
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management (till 2014) 2013, 2014
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management (till 2014) 2013, 2014
Master of Information Technology Management (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4) No 0%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 4) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.