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.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Wagga Wagga Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

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

Grading System



One session


School of Computing and Mathematics

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.

Assumed Knowledge
(ITC105 or ITC108)
Subject Relationships

ITC506 Similar Content

Incompatible Subjects

ITC475, ITC482, ITC506

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.


This 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.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ITC331 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Online quiz
Essay questions
Ethical analysis report
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.