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IMS5015: Professional Practice

School of Information Management and Systems
Master of Information Management

Welcome to IMS 5015 Professional Practice.

The subject runs over a semester of 13 weeks. We estimate that you will need to set aside about 12 hours per week for reading, research, participation in activities, electronic discussions and completion of assignments. For on-campus students these activities include about 2 hours of classes each week on Monday mornings from 10 - 12 noon. We encourage you to plan carefully and to pace your work over the semester, allowing sufficient time each week for your study. Distance students are welcome to attend if they want to, and can when it suits.

Teaching Staff

The subject has been developed by several senior staff over the years.

Graeme Johanson will co-ordinate the subject and provide ongoing liaison.
Email: graeme.johanson@sims.monash.edu.au.

Jessica Piorun will assist.
Email: jessica.piorun@infotech.monash.edu.au

The School (S.I.M.S.) is part of the Faculty of Information Technology (F.I.T.). To find out a lot more about the School, the whole course or other individual subjects available, visit our web site at: http://www.sims.monash.edu.au/

Studying by computer

Participation in this course requires access to communication and computing technology. You will need access to a computer with a network connection or a modem. Using these tools, you will be able to access the Internet, participate in group discussions, chat with fellow students, and contact School staff. In addition to scheduled discussions, you are encouraged to make informal contact with other students to form chat and study groups, exchange work, and form teams for assigned projects.

NOTE: Classes will be made available via audio at http://audio.monash.edu.au/mlo/Infotech.html. If you are not a distance student, you are strongly encouraged to attend classes so that learnings can be shared.

Joining the IMS5048 Discussion Database

An electronic mail distribution list will be set up so that staff and students can communicate with each other, and participate in electronic discussions and activities continually. Participation in the list is required and your participation (quality, not neccessarily quantity, will be asssessed). You can access the IMS5048 Discussion Forum by logging onto your MOnash myPortal and selecting IMS5048 from the myUnits section.

Delivery of teaching materials

Teaching materials for IMS5015 will be available on the World Wide Web at: http://www.sims.monash.edu.au/subjects/ims5015

Topic related information will be put on the web site regularly. Once on the site, they will be available for the duration of the semester.


Unless specifically stated, all material for this unit will be available online. A current reading guide is available. All Monash library services are available to all students.

Subject objectives

At the completion of this subject you will be able to:


You will participate in the following activities:

For more information about assessable activities, turn to the assignments and assessment section.

Assessment -- see webpage.

Assignments -- see webpage.

Postal address is:

School of Information Management and Systems,
Faculty of Information Technology.
P.O. Box 197, Caulfield East, Victoria 3145.

You can fax assignments to Graeme Johanson on (03) 9903 2005. If you hand-deliver an assignment, you should leave it at the School's Office on the 7th floor of the Chisholm Tower (the tallest building) at Caulfield campus.