Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The focus of this subject is the understanding and application of ethics for ICT, which touches all aspects of professional activity. In this subject you will develop their analytical and practical skills in professional issues in business information systems. In addition to an introduction to ICT ethics and ethical decision making, it focusses on the implications of ethics for areas such as intellectual property, privacy, crime, professional codes of conduct, social media issues and employee/employer issues, and vice versa. At the completion of this subject you should have a thorough understanding of the concepts and their ethical implications necessary for informed and responsible professional practice.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinator

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesDiscussion questions, assignment and group presentation, lecture and exam.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesBUS5EBI AND BUS5BID


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


Ethics in Information Technology

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorReynolds, George


Edition/Volume7th edition

PublisherCENGAGE Learning


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Understand different approaches to ethical decision-making and the behaviours and responsibilities required of a computer and information systems professional
02. Recognise and demonstrate a critical awareness of the values that shape the information systems professional and be able to analyse and apply these values in a professional setting
03. Identify and understand the regulatory and standard setting framework and the impact of the various legal issues that are impacted by and in turn impact upon the work undertaken by a computer and information systems professional
04. Clearly present views and thoughts on complex ethical dimensions that impact upon the role of the professional information systems professional and the industry in which they operate
05. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the role that IT plays in Australia and globally and engage with a range of values and diverse perspectives when considering the global impact of IT
06. Identify and critically review the complexities relating to the foundations of H-CI from a range of different perspectives; the human, the computer and the interaction between the two

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinator

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 3.00 h lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 2-hour final examination Case and scenario based (equiv 2000 words)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

One group presentation Equivalent 10-minutes per student (equiv 1000 words)

N/AOral presentationGroupNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO6

One theoretical and practical group assignment Equivalent to 2,000 words per student

N/AAssignmentGroupNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO6

Two in-class quizzes 5% for first quiz, 15% for second quiz. these may be online or in class (equiv 300 words total)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO3, SILO5, SILO6