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COIT11223 Information Technology and Society
Information Technology and Society
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General Information


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 understand 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 an ICT context, looking at how the Information Age has been driven by advances in artificial intelligence and computer networking and covering topics such as cyber security, 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.


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 or ENEG11005 Fundamentals of Professional Engineering

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 2 - 2023


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

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 In-class and e-mail feedback


Please provide a detailed marking sheet for the final assessment item


Develop the marking sheet earlier in the future, and distribute it along with the final assessment itself.

Feedback from Student feedback


Continue to provide useful and up-to-date examples from the news


Continue to endeavour to add relevant and current examples of practice, augmenting the notes which are often more related to unchanging theories.

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, social, and security issues related to areas such as intellectual property, privacy, cybercrime, and information overload
  4. Evaluate ethical, social, and cyber security issues using tools of critical analysis such as philosophical theories and professional codes of conduct.

The Australian Computer Society (ACS), the professional association for Australia's ICT sector, recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is adopted by organisations, governments, and individuals in many 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.

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA 8 (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)
  • Information Security (SCTY).

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
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Textbooks and Resources



Artificial Intelligence: What Everyone Needs To Know

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

Ethics for the Information Age

Edition: 6th edn (2014)
Authors: Quinn, MJ
Upper Saddle River Upper Saddle River , NJ , USA
ISBN: 9780135218006
Binding: eBook

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
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