University of Technology Sydney

43005 Professional Practice in Australian Context

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UTS: Information Technology: Professional Practice and Leadership
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Result type: Grade, no marks

Description

This subject provides students with opportunities to investigate some of the dimensions of professional engineering or IT practice in the Australian Context. Students will be encouraged to identify what capabilities they will need to develop in order to work in the Engineering or IT professions in Australia. Students will prepare a communication success plan to prepare themselves for professional environments. Students will observe workplace communication practices and simulate the professional communication they observe.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Communicate and collaborate effectively in professional contexts.
2. Analyse aspects of a workplace culture to identify how they might contribute to that workplace.
3. Identify and respond to their own professional development needs in relation to working within the Australian context.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

  • Socially Responsible: FEIT graduates identify, engage, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs and cultural perspectives, establish priorities and goals, and identify constraints, uncertainties and risks (social, ethical, cultural, legislative, environmental, economics etc.) to define the system requirements. (B.1)
  • Collaborative and Communicative: FEIT graduates work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams, communicating effectively and operating within cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural contexts in the workplace. (E.1)
  • Reflective: FEIT graduates critically self-review their performance to improve themselves, their teams, and the broader community and society. (F.1)

Teaching and learning strategies

A weekly seminar (3 hours) provides students with opportunities to work in small groups to prepare for their workplace observation, focusing on skills and activities involved in being a participant-observer of workplace culture and communication. Students will attend seminars having read, viewed and reflected on skills such as observation, collaboration and interaction. During class these skills will be further developed and rehearsed.

Once students have commenced their workplace observation, the seminars will focus on sharing experiences and further developing professional communication.

The Workplace Communication Simulations assessment will be presented during the final seminars.

All students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of seminar sessions, and 12 hours of workplace observation.

Content (topics)

  • Critical self-review and performance evaluation to identify personal development needs and achievements
  • Professional communication appropriate to context, discipline, audience and purpose
  • Reflection on workplace observations and professional experience to engage in independent development beyond formal education
  • Effective time management of competing demands to achieve personal goals

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Professional Development Plan

Intent:

Students analyse the communication needed to achieve their professional goals and implement plans to meet those goals.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

3

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

B.1 and F.1

Type: Reflection
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%
Length:

600 words

Assessment task 2: Workplace Culture Report

Intent:

Students work collaboratively in a small group to observe professional interactions in a workplace. Based on their observations, students identify what capabilities and attributes they need to successfully participate as an employee in a similar workplace in the future.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2 and 3

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, E.1 and F.1

Type: Report
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 40%
Length:

Group work 800 words; Individual 400 words

Assessment task 3: Workplace Communication Simulation

Intent:

Based on their Workplace Culture Report, students identify key communication practices observed in the workplace, and develop their capabilities to engage with these communication practices.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1 and 2

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

B.1 and E.1

Type: Demonstration
Groupwork: Group, individually assessed
Weight: 40%
Length:

5-minute simulation followed by 5-10 minutes audience engagement

Minimum requirements

In order to pass this subject a student must:
• Attend minimum 80% of seminar sessions,
• Complete 12 hours of workplace observations,
• Participate in Assessment task 3 Workplace Communication Simulation,
AND
• Achieve an overall mark of 50% or more.

Students who do not meet all of these requirements may be refused permission to be considered for assessment in this subject under Student Rule 3.8.2, and a Fail will be recorded for this subject.

Required texts

Required reading will be made available via the Digital Resources Register, UTS Library