ITC331 Ethics and Professional Practice (8)


The aim of this subject is to understand and examine a wide range of ethical and professional practice issues and concepts in the information and communication technology (ICT) field. Students will analyse ethical issues and concepts surrounding the ICT profession as well as the current practices involving ICT. Different types of widely used principles and the mechanisms that are used to realise these principles will be examined. Various ethical implications will also be explored, especially with respect to privacy. Aspects of information technology (IT) professional practices will be investigated.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalCSU Study Centre Melbourne
InternalCSU Study Centre Sydney
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Session 2
InternalCSU Study Centre Sydney
Session 3
InternalCSU Study Centre Melbourne
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ITC331
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Computing and Mathematics

Assumed Knowledge

(ITC105 or ITC108)

Enrolment restrictions

Students who have completed ITC482 Computer Management and Security,  ITC475 Ethics and Information Technology or ITC506 Topics in Information Technology Ethics may not enrol in this subject.
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
ITC475 ITC482 ITC506 ITC482 Covers similar content
ITC475 Covers similar content
ITC506 Covers similar content

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss various philosophical theories of ethics and how these relate to the ethical and legal issues raised by current practices involving ICT;
  • be able to apply ethical theories and concepts to analyse ICT related ethical dilemmas;
  • be able to discuss professionalism and professional responsibility in the context of the ICT profession;
  • be able to critically analyse and apply the various concepts of professional ethics;
  • be able to critique ethical issues related to privacy, intellectual property and regulating the cyberspace;
  • be able to analyse and evaluate social and work related ethical issues and principles.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Ethical concepts and theories.
  • Professional practice and ethics.
  • Privacy and cyberspace.
  • Intellectual property.
  • Social and work related ethical issues.
  • Regulating the cyberspace.
  • Ethical challenges and the future.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.