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COIT11223 - Ethics and Social Issues

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA 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

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2016

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Term 2 - 2018 Profile
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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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 46.48% response rate.

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.

Source: Student Evaluations
Feedback
Distance students indicated they felt disconnected from the unit content to some degree and wanted more contact with staff.
Recommendation
Arrange for the weekly workshops to be connected to Zoom for distance students to join in, and also record these sessions so they can be viewed by students later.
Action Taken
Zoom sessions have been organised for three previous sessions and have been very well received by distance students. Additional work on tagging and searching videos will be done in future to enhance this further.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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
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 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination