The unit examines a wide range of ethical and privacy issues and concepts in the ICT field. The unit introduces topical and controversial issues related to computing ethics and privacy problems.
Content includes: the role of a computing professional; understanding how computers impact on society; information privacy concepts as applied to the management of information systems; different industry policies; mechanisms for implementing these policies; codes of ethics; social issues of privacy; intellectual property. 

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of codes of ethics in Information and Communication Technology;  
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the different principles underlying ethical decision making;  
  3. Critically discuss social, ethical and privacy issues in Information and Communication Technology domains;  
  4. Identify and relate appropriate privacy measures and their management for computing environments; and  
  5. Communicate effectively on a range of social, ethical and privacy issues.  


Melbourne campuses

Students studying under the VU Block Model.

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Test 1 10%
Test Test 2 25%
Laboratory Work Lab assessment 25%
Presentation Presentation 40%

Other locations

Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Assignment 1 (1000-1500 words) 25%
Assignment Assignment 2 (1000-1500 words) 25%
Examination Final Written Examination (2 hours) 50%

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