Professional Computing Practice - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

This unit is an introduction to computing ethics, law and marketing. It is intended for Computer Science & Information Technology students who have not studied business principles, or who have little work experience in the industry. The unit provides a survival kit for CS&IT graduates entering the work force. The unit considers computer ethical issues, such as information privacy, computer crime and computer terrorism. The unit considers the international legal framework available to protect software system development. This includes non-disclosure agreements, employment contracts, intellectual property law (copyright, patent, licensing, royalties), trademarks and warranty disclaimers. The unit also considers the marketing of a software system development, involving SWOT analysis and action plan (including budget).

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. compare the major ethical theories
  2. analyse computer ethical issues in terms of the major ethical theories
  3. understand the professional ethics of computing societies
  4. know the basic application of (3) during the software life cycle
  5. use the available legal tools to safeguard a developer’s interests when developing / publishing / marketing software
  6. understand and exploit marketing / political / economic considerations influencing the Information Technology industry. know the legalities involved in starting a computer (software) company
  7. create a detailed marketing plan which includes:
    • s.w.o.t. analysis, (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities & threats)
    • objectives,
    • action plans,
    • budget,
    • timetable,
    • other contingencies.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Participation — Discussion Board Participation (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

If you are studying this unit for the Bachelor of Technology (Information Systems) Swinburne you must complete INF10006 and COS10012 before starting this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Ethics, Professional Codes
2Philosophical Ethics - theory and investigating
3Professional Ethics and the Internet, Google and Facebook
4Professional Ethics and social networking, Twitter
5IP, Copyright, Trademarks
6Patents, Copyright Issues and Software Licenses
7Professional Ethics and Responsibilities, Defective IT- Who is Responsible?
8Privacy and Security
9Marketing, SWOT
10Legal Systems, Australian Law and Contracts
12IT Crime

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links
  • Simulations

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Ethics and Technology: Controversies, Questions, and


    ISBN: 9781118281727


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