Subject Descriptions - Subject Information


Calendar: 2017 Postgraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
Department: School of Computing and Information Technology


Subject Information
Subject Code ISIT900
Subject Name Fundamentals of Contemporary Technologies
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites nil
Co-Requisites nil
Restrictions None.
Equivalence None.
Assessment Critical Summaries (10%) Essay (20%) Reports (50%) Oral Presentations (20%)
General Subject No.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts  
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information Students should use the SMP OnLine Tutorial System (via SOLS) to enrol in tutorial/laboratory groups for this subject. Once enrolments are open a link to the subject will appear in Tutorial Enrolments.
Availability Not Available in 2017

Subject Description
This subject aims to develop academic skills relevant to postgraduate studies and postgraduate writing in Information Technology and Information Systems. Students will develop an understanding of disciplinary expectations and requirements and the development of skills in critical listening, reading and analysis of text and data, the development of academic argument and the communication of text, data and analysis in written and spoken form. Students will also develop skills in locating, evaluating, and effectively using information appropriately in postgraduate studies. Topics covered include; Critical reading in software engineering, network management, multimedia and content management, Analysis and evaluation of problems and solutions in Information Systems and Information Technology


Extra Information
Subject Objectives:
On successful completion, students will be able to: 1. Describe the current major business applications & critically assess their suitability for specific business environments. 2. Describe current software development methods & tools & critically assess their suitability for specific projects/environments. 3. Describe recent developments in computers, OS, networking etc & critically assess their suitability for a variety of uses. 4. Critically evaluate the impact of ICT on individuals, businesses & society. 5. Identify & use a variety of writing styles commonly used in PG studies in IT & IS. 6. Access information sources efficiently and critically evaluate those sources and the information found. 7. Explain the role of ethics in the ICT industry and have an understanding of a professional code of ethics (e.g. ACS Code).

Textbook Information
Students will use a selection of textbooks and journal articles selected each semester to cover the latest trends
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