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SCC.205: Social, Ethical and Professional Issues in Computing

Department: Computing and Communications (School of) NCF Level: FHEQ/QCF/NQF5//RQF5
Study Level: Part II (yr 2) Credit Points: 15.0
Start Date: 15-01-2018 End Date: 23-03-2018
Available for Online Enrolment?: Y Enrolment Restriction: Only available to students where listed in programme syllabus rules
Module Convenor: Dr MF Rouncefield

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus

  • Career planning and development; employers' views and expectations of graduates.
    Commercial environment: organisations; finance; working practices in industry.
    Legal issues: laws and regulatory frameworks; contracts and liability.
    Social context: computing in a networked world; sustainability.
    Professional ethics: professionalism; professional bodies; codes of practice.
    Intellectual Property: copyright and patents.
    Data protection, privacy, civil liberties.
    Computer security and safety; crime and misuse.
    Errors, failures, risks in computing.

Curriculum Design: Single, Combined or Consortial Schemes to which the Module Contributes

  • BSc Computer Science

    BSc Computer Science Innovation

    BSc Software Engineering

    BSc Information Technology for Creative Industries

    BEng Communication Systems and Electronics

    BEng Computer Systems Engineering

    BSc/ BA Computer Science and European Languages

    BSc/ BA Computer Science and Music

    BSc/ BA Natural Sciences

    BSc Management and IT

    BSc/ BA Computer Science and Mathematics

    BSc/BA Accounting, Finance and Computer Science

  • 100% Coursework

Assessment: Details of Assessment

  • Students will be assessed using two methods:

    - Online tests will be used for continual assessment, to test students on reading assignments and material covered in weekly lectures and workshops. This includes use of PeerWise to engage studentys in the creation, sharing, evaluation and discussion of assessment questions. 

    - Essays/reports will be used to test students on larger individual tasks. This will include writing of a C.V., and critical analysis of a social or ethical issue or controversy. 

Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Computing graduates need to understand social, legal, ethical, professional issues inherent in the discipline of computing. The subject-specific aims are to:

    - Develop an understanding of the commercial and economic context of the discipline, and the relevant laws and professional codes governing computing-related industry;
    - Stimulate thinking about social and ethical implications of the use of widespread and sustainable use of computing-based systems and technologies;
    - Develop an awareness of risks in computing projects and of social and professional responsibility.

Educational Aims: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The module emphasises the development of general knowledge and skills:

    - Expose students to working practices in industry, and competences expected of graduates;
    - Encourage personal and professional development for career progression;
    - D
    evelop analysis skills to make decisions on ethical issues that may arise in computing projects and professional practice;
    - Develop argumentation skills and encourage students to adopt principled, reasoned positions on important issues in their field.




Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • By the end of the course students will be able to:

    1. Recognise social, legal, ethical and professional issues in the discipline;
    2. Understand the requirement for engineering activities to identify and manage cost drivers;
    Identify laws and and professional codes, and relate them to examples of computing in practice;
    4. Use analytical tools to  make decisions on ethical issues that may arise related to computer systems that they develop and implement in the future;
    5. Understand the requirement for engineering activities to promote sustainable development;
    Ask serious questions and evaluate proposed answers on important issues in their field.

Learning Outcomes: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • By the end of the course students will have acquired general skills to:

    7. Describe desirable attributes and employability skills of graduates in computing, and identify areas for their personal and and professional development;
    8. Write and maintain an effective CV, compose covering letters and prepare for interviews;
    9. Develop, present and critique arguments. 

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