COIT11223 - Ethics and Social Issues
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

The aim of this unit is to prepare students for a role as an informed professional within the IT/IS industry. It addresses the legal, social and ethical issues relating to the evolution of computer technology within society.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite: COMM11003 Communication in Professional Contexts OR COIT11239 Professional Communications Skills for ICT

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Cairns
  • Distance
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney
  • Townsville

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Assignments 1&2 Moodle Have assignment requirements explained more clearly in greater detail
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Relate knowledge of the social context of computing to ethics.
  2. Describe and apply methods and tools of analysis for identifying and resolving ethical issues using philosophical frameworks.
  3. Identify and discuss professional and ethical responsibilities, including the purpose of codes of ethics for computing professionals.
  4. Outline and describe risks and liabilities of computer based systems and the critical characteristics of information.
  5. Identify and analyse legal, social, ethical and security issues in ICT.
  6. Describe the components of physical security and their roles in organisational information security.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.

ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

  • Business Analysis (BUAN)
  • Requirements Definition and Management (REQM)
  • IT Governance (GOVN)
  • Information Assurance (INAS)
  • Change Implementation Planning and Management (CIPM)
  • Information Content Authoring (INCA)
  • Human Factor Integration (HFIN)
  • IT Management (ITMG)
  • Problem Management (PBMG).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Written Assessment          
3 - Examination    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy    
5. Team Work            
6. Information Technology Competence        
7. Cross Cultural Competence          
8. Ethical practice  

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Examination      

Prescribed Textbooks

Ethics for the Information Age
Author/s: Quinn, MJ Year: 2016
Edition: 7th edn Publisher: Pearson
City: Upper Saddle River State: NJ
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

An ebook version of this book is also available directly from Pearson: http://www.pearson.com.au/9780134296548

However, if paper copies are preferred, they are available at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorMichael Cowling (m.cowling@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

The Information Age

Quinn: chapter 1

Week 2 17-07-2017

Artificial Intelligence

Kaplan: chapters 1, 2 and 3

Week 3 24-07-2017

Computer and Network Security

Quinn: chapter 7

Week 4 31-07-2017

Ethics and Ethical Theories

Quinn: chapter 2

Week 5 07-08-2017

Privacy

Quinn: chapter 5

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Intellectual Property

Quinn: chapter 4

Ethical Issue Essay Due Friday (25 Aug 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 7 28-08-2017

Professional Ethics

Quinn: chapter 9

Week 8 04-09-2017

Censorship and the Government

Quinn: chapter 3 and 6

Week 9 11-09-2017

Legal Issues

Kaplan: chapter 5

Week 10 18-09-2017

The Workforce

Kaplan: chapters 6 and 7

Quinn: chapter 10

Analysis of an ethical scenario Due Friday (22 Sep 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 11 25-09-2017

Information Overload

Individual readings on Moodle

Week 12 02-10-2017

Review

Exam review Materials on Moodle

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Ethical Issue Essay
Task Description
Write an essay where you provide support for a particular position on an ethical issue in ICT. The issue must be selected from a list of topics provided on the Unit Moodle site. The essay must present a hypothesis, provide any necessary background or explanation of the issue, present arguments supporting your position as well as objections (supported with references), and recommend actions to take.
See Moodle for further details on the required content, format and list of topics.
Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (25-Aug-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (08-Sep-2017)
Marked submission will be made available to students two weeks after submission.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria
The essay must provide:
- a clear explanation of the hypothesis and issue
- presentation of multiple arguments as to the positive and negative impacts of the issue on society
- relevant references that support the arguments
- summary of the position on the issue and recommendations to others as to actions to take
The essay must be well written and within the word limits. See Moodle for detailed marking criteria.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Relate knowledge of the social context of computing to ethics.

2. Describe and apply methods and tools of analysis for identifying and resolving ethical issues using philosophical frameworks.

5. Identify and analyse legal, social, ethical and security issues in ICT.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Analysis of an ethical scenario
Task Description
Write a report on a current or future technology and the social and ethical implications of that technology. You will be provided a scenario description and list of technologies to select from. The report must provide necessary background on the technology and discuss: the stakeholders in the technology; intellectual property issues that may arise in the technology development; the opportunities and benefits of the technology to society; and the risks and drawbacks of the technology.
See Moodle for further details on the scenario, and list of technologies, and required content and format of the report.
Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017)
Returned via the unit website.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
The report must demonstrate:
- a good understanding of the chosen technology
- understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of using intellectual property protection
- ability to identify and explain the opportunities/benefits of the technology to society, as well as the risks/drawbacks, for example, in relation to privacy, censorship, the workforce and cybercrime.
- use of references to support claims.
See Moodle for detailed marking criteria.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

4. Outline and describe risks and liabilities of computer based systems and the critical characteristics of information.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Relate knowledge of the social context of computing to ethics.

3. Identify and discuss professional and ethical responsibilities, including the purpose of codes of ethics for computing professionals.

5. Identify and analyse legal, social, ethical and security issues in ICT.

6. Describe the components of physical security and their roles in organisational information security.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice


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