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Contemporary IT & E Issues (9788.3)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Technology


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This unit aims towards developing a solid and high level understanding and appreciation of key contemporary issues and trends of ICT. Particular emphasis will be placed on ICT issues and trends that have a major impact on the organisation. Topics covered under this unit include: 1. Current status and trends of ICT, 2. Business value of ICT - ICT and business alignment, 3. ICT Governance, 4. P3M3 - Portfolio, Program and Project management, 5. Service delivery - issues and approaches, 6. Technological trends: Cloud computing, Big data, 7. Consumerisation of ICT - mobility device and applications, 8. Social media - impact and opportunities and the future of ICT organisations. Guest lectures and group projects with hands-on exercises will be used to enhance student-learning experience.

This unit is co-taught with Contemporary IT&E Issues PG, 9787.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Appraise the key issues and challenges facing ICT today and relate those issues in a modern organisation;

2. Understand the holistic and integrated nature of ICT trends and opportunities and apply the understanding in a work environment;

3. Establish the business values of ICT, assess and prioritise ICT solutions and formulate strategies and plans to meet business requirements;

4. Evaluate risks of key ICT trends and be able to develop high level approaches and strategies to manage the risks; and

5. Adapt and generalise the lessons learnt and apply knowledge acquired in similar work situations.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Up to 3 hours per week, consisting of 2 hour Lecture and 1 hour Tutorial.


Must have passed 7722 Professional Practice in IT OR 11519 Professional Practice in Engineering.



Assumed Knowledge

Basic knowledge and understanding of Information Communications and Technology.

Incompatible Units

8236 Systems Engineering Studies and 9787 Contemporary IT & E Issues PG.

Equivalent Units

8236 Systems Engineering Studies.

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