Communication for IT Professionals

UTS

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Communication for IT Professionals

  • Host University

    UTS

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Communication, Information Technologies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Description
    This subject focuses on developing the academic written and spoken language skills required for undergraduate study in information technology. Students take a critical and analytical approach to understanding and producing written and spoken texts appropriate for IT professionals in the Australian context. Accordingly, students undertake a range of listening, speaking, reading and writing activities and assigned work to maximise the development of their spoken communication and academic literacy.
    Subject objectives
    Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
    1. Construct and present written, spoken and visual information with accuracy and clarity
    2. Articulate and develop personal ethical beliefs and consider specific scenarios from an ethical perspective.
    3. Obtain and critically evaluate resources and information.
    4. Draw on words and ideas of others fairly and ethically using appropriate referencing methods.
    5. Respond critically to the social impact of IT across diverse cultural groups and from global perspectives
    6. Manage time individually and together in teams to produce high quality communication.
    This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    Demonstrate research skills (B.6)
    Manage own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal goals (Manage self) (D.1)
    Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose. (E.1)
    Work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams within a multi-level, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural setting (E.2)
    Appreciate ethical implications of professional practice (F.2)
    Understand cross-cultural issues (regions or workplaces) (F.3)
    Be aware of global perspectives (needs, rules/regulations, and specifications) (F.4)
    Teaching and learning strategies
    Teaching and Learning Strategies
    The subject will consist of 1 lecture and then 12 weekly 3-hour workshops.
    In Week 1, students will undertake a Language Task to assess their written English language proficiency. Lecturers will then place each student into the appropriate workshop to ensure that all students can develop the written and oral communication skills required to be successful in their studies, as well as in their future careers in the IT industry.
    Content
    Note that all topics relate to the ethical issues and social impact of information technology, not to technical aspects of IT. These may include positive as well as negative impacts.
    The Workplace:
    Ethical Issues in the Workplace
    Social Context:
    Knowledge, Power and IT ? Privacy ? Intellectual property ? Social Media ? Mobile IT ? Home Appliances ? Creative Systems and IT ? Health and IT ? IT in Education ? Culture and IT ? Gender Issues ? Indigenous Australians and IT
    Global Context:
    Virtual Communities and Teams ? IT in local communities - CyberActivism/Hacktivism ? Outsourcing and Offshoring ? ICT in the Developing World ? Open Data Initiatives ? IT and the Environment
    Assessment
    Assessment task 1: Professional Engagement with Learning
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives:
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    B.6, E.1, E.2, F.2, F.3 and F.4
    Type: Exercises
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 10%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Insightfulness and thoughtfulness of in-class participation 50 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 B.6, E.1, E.2, F.2, F.3, F.4
    Accuracy and thoroughness of homework and online participation 50 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 B.6, E.1, E.2
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 2: Information Search and Evaluation (Individual)
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives:
    1, 2, 3 and 4
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    B.6, E.1 and F.2
    Type: Literature review
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 20%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Accuracy and Thoroughness of Research into Ethical Issues 50 2, 3 B.6, E.1, F.2
    Fluency and Structure of Written Communication 50 1, 2, 4 E.1, F.2
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 3: Careers Project (Teamwork)
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives:
    1, 2, 4, 5 and 6
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    B.6, D.1, E.1, E.2, F.2, F.3 and F.4
    Type: Presentation
    Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
    Weight: 30%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Accuracy and Thoroughness of Research into IT Career Role and Ethical Issues 25 2, 5 B.6, F.2, F.3, F.4
    Effectiveness, Organisation and Structure of Oral Communication 25 1, 4 E.1, E.2
    Creativity and Quality of Vodcast Production 25 1 E.1
    Thoroughness of Planning, Time Management and Team Communication 25 6 D.1, E.2
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 4: Research Report (Individual)
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives:
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    B.6, D.1, E.1, F.2, F.3 and F.4
    Type: Report
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 40%
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Accuracy and Thoroughness of Research and Evaluation into Ethical Issues 25 1, 2, 3, 4 B.6, F.2, F.3, F.4
    Coherence and Strength of Argument Development 25 1, 2, 5 E.1, F.2
    Fluency and Structure of Written Communication 25 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 E.1, F.2
    Thoroughness of Planning, Time Management and Team Communication 25 6 D.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Minimum requirements
    In order to pass this subject:
    Assessments 2, 3 and 4 must all be attempted and
    Students must gain a minimum mark of 50% overall.
    If you have obtained a mark of >=50% for the subject but have failed to attempt a compulsory assessment item, you will be awarded a Fail (X) grade for the subject.
    Students must gain a mark of 50% or higher in Assessment 4 (ie. a mark of 20 out of 40 or higher). If the Assessment 4 mark is lower than 50%, you will be awarded a Fail (X) grade for the subject regardless of the results of the other assignments. Students are reminded to submit their draft for discussion with their tutor and assessment in week 13, which will assist students that may have difficulty in meeting this requirement. Note the 50% criterion is based on the entire Assessment 4 (40 %), not only the final report submission, but also the draft submission (3%) and the time management report (2%).
    Assessments 2, 3 and 4:
    You should keep a copy of all submitted written and audiovisual work.
    Late Submissions:
    Extensions for Assessment Tasks 2, 3 and 4 will be approved only in exceptional circumstances, normally on the grounds of ill health or misadventure supported by a signed medical certificate or letter from a UTS Counsellor. For requests of one week or less, the student should email their request and supporting documentation to the Subject Co-ordinator directly, and inform their workshop tutor (CC them). Extension requests for more than one week's extension should be processed through the Special Consideration online submission system. For more information about this see: http://www.sau.uts.edu.au/assessment/consideration/
    Late submissions which have not been approved prior to the submission date will be penalized by the loss of 10 percent of the value of the assignment for each day overdue. The way this will be calculated if it is necessary is to mark the assignment, and then subtract 10% of the mark value for each day of lateness. For instance, an assignment that was given 80/100 but was one day late would result in a mark of 72/100. After seven days of lateness, a zero mark will be awarded.

Course Disclaimer

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.