Professional Issues in Information Technology
Unit code: HIT3044
|Credit points||12.5 Credit Points|
|Duration||1 Semester or equivalent|
|Contact hours||36 Hours|
|Prerequisites||Completion of at least 150 credit points (12 units) of the degree or equivalent|
Aims and objectives
· assist students to develop a sense of professional responsibility
· assist students in developing a professional code of ethics
· explore the gamut of issues that an ICT professionals face in their careers
· assist students in identifying and understanding current and emerging issues generated by an ever changing technology
· analyse the impact of ICT on organizations and society
Upon completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Independently investigate the professional context of an ICT professional and the attendant ethical and professional issues
- Undertake professional project management processes through the use of project planning and team management tools
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the project process through reflective reporting and peer review
- Develop and present a resolved project outcome that demonstrates understanding of, and engagement with, the major issues, challenges and opportunities presented to the ICT professional. More specifically, this would include an appreciation of ethical conduct for an ICT professional from a range of perspectives, professionalism and codes of conduct
- Appreciate the roles and responsibilities of ICT professionals in organisations and society, and comprehend relevant work-related behaviours and issues and how professionals should respond
- Understand the legislative and regulatory obligations and standards as they relate to ICT environments in organisations, including freedom of speech and intellectual property, and appreciate their impact on the work of the ICT professional
- Discuss the impacts of business compliance imperatives, including Sarbanes Oxley, privacy legislation and anti-money laundering legislation, and how this impacts on the work of the ICT professional
- Comprehend the issues involved in offering consultancy services, including legal responsibilities, and negotiating and managing the client-consultant relationship
- Recognise the importance of life long learning and a need to continually refresh knowledge and skills for the ICT professional
- Have a sound understanding of industry structures, nature of key drivers within an industry, ICT drivers and trends within an industry, understand interconnections between industry sectors
Generic skills outcomes
You will be provided with feedback on your progress in attaining the following generic skills:
· teamwork skills,
· analysis skills,
· problem solving skills,
· communications skills,
· ability to tackle unfamiliar problems, and
· ability to work independently
- Ethics and professionalism
- Philosophical foundations of professional ethics
- codes of ethics (ACS, ACM, AIS, IEEE-CS, ACM Software Engineering, Engineers Australia) and codes of conduct, and their impact onto the work and behaviour of ICT professionals
- Australian Standard 8015 (Corporate Governance of Information & Communication Technologies) and its implications for ICT professionals
- ethical decision making in both employee and consultant relationships
- understanding the impacts of ICT on end users from an ethical standpoint
- professionals roles and responsibilities, professional work behaviours and attitudes
- business compliance imperatives, including Sarbanes Oxley, privacy legislation and anti-money laundering legislation, and their impacts on the work of ICT professionals
- providing IT consultancy services – responsibilities and management
- life long learning and career development as it relates to sound professional practice
- freedom of speech, intellectual property, and their impacts on the IT professional
- understanding industry drivers, ICT trends within industries and intercinnectedness between industries
- social impacts of ICT
Reading materialsBott, F. (2005) Professional Issues in Information Technology. British Computer Society, UK.
Keen, A. (2007) The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing our Culture and Assaulting our Economy. Currency, USA.
Reynolds, G. (2003) Ethics in Information Technology. Thomson Learning Technology, Boston.
George, J.F. (2004) Computers in Society: Privacy, Ethics and the Internet. Pearson Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
Kling, R. (ed) (1996) Computerization and Controversy: Value Conflicts and Social Choices. 2nd ed. Academic Press, San Diego.
Spinello, R.A. (2002) Case Studies in Information Technology Ethics, 2nd ed.. Prentice Hall, USA.
Schultz, R.A. (2005) Contemporary Issues in Ethics and Information Technology. IRM Press, USA.
Schwalbe, K (2005) Information Technology Project Management, Fourth Edition. Thomson Course Technology, USA.