Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Credit Points: 20 Credit Points
Level: Year 1, Core
Workload: Timetabled hours per week: 5 (Lecture = 2 hours, Workshop/Tutorial = 2 hours, PBL = 1
  Personal study hours per week: 7


This is a first trimester core unit out of a total of 12 units in the Master of Networking (MNet). This unit addresses the MNet course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ specialised knowledge in network security and applying critical skills in networking equipment such as routers, switches and servers. For further course information refer to: http://www.mit.edu.au/study-with-us/programs/master-networking, http://www.mit.edu.au/study-with-us/programs/graduate-diploma-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 will be able to:

  1. At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
  2. Describe how the concepts of network management are applied in organisations and society.
  3. Demonstrate how network management supports general business and information processes and functions in modern organisations.
  4. Apply ethical and professional standards and codes of practice to ICT development projects. 
  5. Apply fundamental concepts of human centred development to the development of network systems.
  6. Apply appropriate business communication and research standards in report writing and public presentations of research.
  7. Understand the importance of communication and collaboration in the workplace.
  8. Have a broader knowledge of recent events which impact on network management and associated services.
  9. Have demonstrated their own intellectual independence by discussing ethics and professional practice and arguing a point of view in relation to ethical and professional issues.


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


Colour coding 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