No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2016

ITC475 Ethics and Information Technology (8)


This subject allows students to develop skills that are necessary to identify ethical issues that are raised as a result of the advancement of information and communications technology (ICT). The subject will cover areas such as critical thinking, professionalism, ethical theories, privacy, security and crime in cyberspace, intellectual property, freedom of speech and regulation of the internet, systems reliability, and social and ethical issues of emerging technologies. By the end of the subject students should be able to argue consistently and rationally about the moral problems raised by the adoption and use of ICT and propose solutions to those moral problems.

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Subject information

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

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed subject ITC506 or ITC331.
Incompatible subject(s)
ITC331 ITC506

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify ethical issues related to ICT;
  • be able to assess the implications of ethical problems;
  • be able to evaluate solutions to ethical problems;
  • be able to apply ethical theories to ethical problems;
  • be able to argue consistently and rationally about the moral issues raised by the adoption and use of ICT;
  • be able to analyse ethical problems from the point of view of ICT professionals using the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Code of Ethics;
  • be able to analyse ethical situations using critical thinking techniques.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to ICT ethics.
  • Introduction to critical thinking techniques.
  • Professionalism and professional ethics.
  • Ethical theories and analysis.
  • Privacy.
  • Security and crime in cyberspace.
  • Intellectual property.
  • Freedom of speech and Internet content regulation.
  • Emerging technologies and ethics.
  • ICT and Society.


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.