Professional Computing Practice - 2018

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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2018 Fees
Domestic 1,169.00
HECS 1,169.00
International 1,419.00

This unit is an introduction to computing ethics, law and marketing. It is intended for CSIT students who have not studied business principles, or who have little work experience in industry. The course provides a survival kit for CSIT graduates entering the workforce. During this unit, you should consider computing ethical issues, such as information privacy, computer crime, computer terrorism. During this course, you should also consider 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. Additionally, you should examine the marketing of a software system development, involving SWOT analysis and action plan.

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

  1. recognise the need for computing ethics in the Information Technology (IT) industry and the complexities involved in computer ethical issues, and use the available legal tools to safeguard a developer’s interests when developing / publishing / marketing software
  2. discuss, explain and apply concepts of business organization, business practices, marketing principles and the major ethical theories
  3. discuss, explain and apply ethical, social media, political, economic, legal, and marketing issues relevant to the IT industry; and methods available to resolve these issues including the legalities involved in starting a computer (software) company
  4. discuss, analyse and evaluate computing practice case studies, prepare SWOT analyses, and create detailed marketing plans using the proper language of the field in both written and oral presentations
  5. work effectively in a small group of peers to analyse computing practice scenarios, and to assess the work of peers
  6. demonstrate self-directed learning and more specifically the role of life-long learning for the longevity and progression of your career in IT.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Final Written 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.

  • Additional materials — Word Processing software (eg. Microsoft Word, Google Docs, etc)
  • Broadband access — Stable broadband connection required to access online learning materials and live chat sessions / recordings. (note: mobile broadband users may have difficulties participating in live chat sessions)

This unit addresses the following topics.

1What is Cyberethics?
2Ethical concepts and theories
3Critical reasoning skills
4Professional ethics and responsibility
5Social networks, Freedom of expression
7Patents, Trademarks
8Privacy and Security
9Cybercrimes and cyber-related crimes
10Australian case studies
11Online communities
12Ethical aspects of emerging technologies (Cloud / Mobile Computing, etc)

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

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