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COIT11223 Information Technology and Society
Information Technology and Society
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General Information

Overview

Technology is at the forefront of social change in the 21st century. As an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) professional, it is important for you to be aware of how ICT can change our social fabric. This unit will help you gain an understanding of how the use of technology can support society's needs whilst also contributing to social, ethical and legal dilemmas. You will critically analyse these dilemmas in ICT, looking at how the Information Age has been driven by advances in artificial intelligence and computer networking and covering topics such as privacy, intellectual property, censorship, the workforce, and information overload. You will be asked to apply philosophical theories and professional codes of conduct to develop persuasive arguments for various scenarios in personal and professional organisational contexts.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

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

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 3 - 2021

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

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

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

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 from Teaching Staff

Feedback

Students struggled in some instances to articulate their understanding of the ethical theories in a written format.

Recommendation

Investigate alternative ways for students to explain ethical theories - graphics or videos for example.

Feedback from Student Feedback

Feedback

Students were concerned about the preparation and testing involved in completing an electronic exam.

Recommendation

Look at other ways to instigate an electronic exam; consider temporarily dropping back to a paper exam whilst this occurs.

Feedback from Student Feedback

Feedback

Students felt that the lectures were clear and the explanations of content were good; they praised the teaching staff and their delivery.

Recommendation

Ensure that staff remain connected to students; continue to use the same teaching team in the future.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the roles of technologies such as artificial intelligence and computer networking on the social contexts of the information age
  2. Explain how your professional and ethical responsibilities as an ICT professional affect society
  3. Discuss ethical and social issues related to areas such as intellectual property, privacy, cybercrime, and information overload
  4. Evaluate ethical and social issues using tools of critical analysis such as philosophical theories and professional codes of conduct.

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:

  • Enterprise IT Governance (GOVN)
  • Information Assurance (INAS)
  • Change Implementation Planning and Management (CIPM)
  • Information Content Authoring (INCA)
  • IT Management (ITMG)
  • Problem Management (PBMG).

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Practical Assessment - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Practical Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Practical Assessment - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Artificial Intelligence: What Everyone Needs To Know (2016)

Authors: Kaplan, J
Oxford University Press
Oxford Oxford , United Kingdom
ISBN: 978-0190602390
Binding: Paperback
Prescribed

Ethics for the Information Age 8th edn (2019)

Authors: Quinn, MJ
Pearson
Upper Saddle River Upper Saddle River , NJ , USA
ISBN: 9780135218006
Binding: eBook

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Michael Cowling Unit Coordinator
m.cowling@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

The Information Age

Chapter

Quinn: chapter 1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Artificial Intelligence

Chapter

Kaplan: chapters 1, 2 and 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Computer and Network Security

Chapter

Quinn: chapter 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Ethics and Ethical Theories

Chapter

Quinn: chapter 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 06 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 13 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Privacy

Chapter

Quinn: chapter 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Intellectual Property

Chapter

Quinn: chapter 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Ethical Analysis Video Due: Week 6 Friday (24 Dec 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 27 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 03 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Professional Ethics & Social Innovation

Chapter

Quinn: chapter 9

Social Innovation Handbook (e-book; to be provided)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 10 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Censorship and the Government

Chapter

Quinn: chapter 3 and 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 17 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Legal Issues

Chapter

Kaplan: chapter 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 24 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

The Workforce

Chapter

Kaplan: chapters 6 and 7

Quinn: chapter 10

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Analysis of a social scenario Due: Week 10 Friday (28 Jan 2022) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 31 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Information Overload

Chapter

Individual readings on Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 07 Feb 2022

Module/Topic

Review

Chapter

Exam review Materials on Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Feb 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Video/Written Evaluation of Ethical and Social Factors in ICT Due: Exam Week Friday (18 Feb 2022) 11:45 pm AEST
Term Specific Information

Unit Coordinator: A/Prof. Michael A. Cowling, 07 3295 1196, m.cowling@cqu.edu.au

Assessment Tasks

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Ethical Analysis Video

Task Description

Record a video where you provide support for a particular ethical position on a new social situation in ICT. The situation must be selected from a list of topics provided on the Unit Moodle site. The video must present a hypothesis, provide any necessary background or explanation of the situation, present arguments supporting your position as well as objections (supported with references), and recommend actions to take. You should then submit this to Moodle along with your brief notes (including references). See Moodle for further details on the required content, format and list of topics.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Friday (24 Dec 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Approximately two weeks after submission


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

The video must provide:
- a clear explanation of the hypothesis and situation
- presentation of multiple arguments as to the positive and negative impacts of the situation on society
- relevant references that support the arguments
- summary of the position on the situation and recommendations to others as to actions to take
The video must also demonstrate professional and engaging presentation skills.
See Moodle for detailed marking criteria.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the roles of technologies such as artificial intelligence and computer networking on the social contexts of the information age
  • Evaluate ethical and social issues using tools of critical analysis such as philosophical theories and professional codes of conduct.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Analysis of a social scenario

Task Description

Develop an infographic or other graphical piece on a current or future technology, including details of stakeholders of the technology, and then write a report on intellectual property protections for the technology and the social implications of that technology in relation to the social topics discussed during term in class. You will be provided a scenario description and list of technologies to select from. The finished assessment piece 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 list of technologies, and required content and format of the report.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Friday (28 Jan 2022) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Returned via the unit website approximately two weeks after submission.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

The final submission 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

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain how your professional and ethical responsibilities as an ICT professional affect society
  • Discuss ethical and social issues related to areas such as intellectual property, privacy, cybercrime, and information overload


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Video/Written Evaluation of Ethical and Social Factors in ICT

Task Description

This final assessment will be split into two parts. Part A will provide you with a written scenario on which you must conduct an ethical/social analysis using one of the theories presented during term and the ACS Professional Code of Conduct. You will then be asked to compare the analysis conducted using these two theories. The response to this part should be recorded as a video and uploaded to Moodle. Part B of this assessment will be five questions related to the role of new technology and the social and ethical factors related to areas such as cybercrime, privacy, employment etc as discussed during term. Answers to these five questions should be written in a word document and uploaded to Moodle along with your video. Both the written scenario and the five questions will be released at the end of week 12 during term and will be due one week later via Moodle. Further details of this assessment will be made available on the unit Moodle site.


Assessment Due Date

Exam Week Friday (18 Feb 2022) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

No marks will be returned for this assessment item until after certification of grades.


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

The video must provide:
- a clear explanation of the hypothesis and situation
- presentation of multiple arguments as to the positive and negative impacts of the situation on society
- relevant references that support the arguments
- summary of the position on the situation and recommendations to others as to actions to take
The video must also demonstrate professional and engaging presentation skills.
The final written submission 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

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the roles of technologies such as artificial intelligence and computer networking on the social contexts of the information age
  • Explain how your professional and ethical responsibilities as an ICT professional affect society
  • Discuss ethical and social issues related to areas such as intellectual property, privacy, cybercrime, and information overload
  • Evaluate ethical and social issues using tools of critical analysis such as philosophical theories and professional codes of conduct.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice
  • Social Innovation

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

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