IT Profession and Ethics

Unit code: NIT2201 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
VU Brisbane
VU Sydney


The unit elaborates 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.

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. Classify and relate appropriate privacy measures and their management for computing environments; and
  5. Communicate effectively on a range of social, ethical and privacy issues.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 10%
Test 1
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 25%
Scenario based test
Assessment type: Laboratory Work
Grade: 25%
Lab assessment
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 40%

Other locations

For students studying at Henan University
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 25%
Assignment 1 (1000-1500 words)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 25%
Assignment 2 (1000-1500 words)
Assessment type: Examination
Grade: 50%
Final Written Examination (3 hours)

Required reading

Reading material will be provided by the unit coordinator and will be appropriate to the topic under investigation.

As part of a course

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