Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Credit Points: 15 Credit Points
Level: Year 1, Core
Workload: Timetabled hours per week: 4 (Lecture = 2 hours, Workshop/Tutorial = 2 hours)
  Personal study hours per week: 5


This is a second trimester core unit out of a total of 24 units in the Bachelor of Networking (BNet). This unit addresses the BNet course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ specialised knowledge in professional practice including ethical and social issues. For further course information refer to: http://www.mit.edu.au/study-with-us/programs/bachelor-networking

This unit provides students with insights into the ethical and social issues associated with developing and maintaining information technology and engineering. Through this unit students are expected to develop and appreciate the consequences of managing systems and networks from ethical and social perspectives.  Case studies and projects will be based on telecommunication and networks. Students will work in a studio-based learning environment to discuss and understand the application of ethical standards, legal issues, professional practices and principles in business environments. Additionally, Students are required to participate actively in Labs/Tutorials each week. This Unit includes the following topics:

  • Professionalism and Business
  • Managing Yourself, Leaders and Managers
  • Professional Communication
  • Professional research
  • Writing and presentation Skills
  • Professional Ethics
  • Legal, Social and Cultural Issues
  • Project Management and Accounting
  • IT Governance


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

  1. Identify potential ethical, social, and legal issues resultant from ICT developments.
  2. Prepare  written and oral presentations on ethical, social, and legal issues pertaining to ICT
  3. Participate in team discussions on professional and ethical issues of ICT.
  4. Interpret professional codes of practice as developed by industry bodies.
  5. Discuss an ICT solution in accordance with professional standards and codes of practice.
  6. Identify, describe and discuss situations where ethical, social, and legal issues may occur.
  7. Explain ICT solutions so that ethical standards are achieved and maintained and society benefits.
  8. Develop skills of reflective practice using a popular journal, e.g., online blogs.


MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicate Independent and Lifelong Learning Ethics Analytical and Problem Solving Cultural and Global Awareness Team work Specialist knowledge of a field of study


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Extent covered

                                The standard is covered by theory and practice and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations.
  The standard is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, interpreting documents, tests, examinations.
  The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures, tutorials, labs, discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops and presentations. 
  The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by  activities such as lectures or tutorials
  The standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard