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Unit Overview


Unlike other computing units you will have taken, which are about different aspects of computer or data science, CITS5206 Professional Computing is deliberately outward facing - to your future role in industry. For example, the unit teaches an appreciation of the ethical and social implications of computing projects, and aspects of project management, in the context of a large-scale computing projects. The bulk of the unit is then taken up with a large group project involving five or six students per group. The project will give you the opportunity to practice various project management techniques and communication skills, and to try different roles in a computing project team.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) apply knowledge and skills of information technology in project situations; (2) critically analyse requirements and resources for IT projects; (3) justify the professional responsibility to produce reliable software and systems; (4) assess the social impacts of IT projects; and (5) perform effectively as part of a multidisciplinary and multicultural team.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual essay; (2) group project; and (3) individual project assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Tingting Bi
Unit rules
Enrolment in
62510 Master of Information Technology and completion of 24 points of Level 4/Level 5 units
CITS3200 Professional Computing
Contact hours
Clinic: 3-hours per week
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