ITC506 Topics in Information Technology Ethics (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.

Availability

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Brisbane
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Port Macquarie Campus
Online
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Brisbane
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Online
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Brisbane
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Online
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ITC506. 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

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Computing and Mathematics

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to postgraduate students.  Not available to students who have completed ITC331 or ITC475

Subject Relationships

ITC331 Similar content

Incompatible Subjects

ITC331, ITC475

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 critically 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.

Syllabus

This 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.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ITC506 in Session 1 2019. 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
Title
Value %
1
Acs code of professional conduct
15
2
Online quiz
7
3
Argument visualisation
8
4
Applying ethical theory
20
5
Final exam
50

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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