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COMP10070: Professional Issues in Computing and Information Technology (2007-2008)

This is an archived syllabus from 2007-2008

Professional Issues in Computing and Information Technology
Level: 1
Credit rating: 10
Pre-requisites: No Pre-requisites
Co-requisites: No Co-requisites
Duration: full year, but most activities are in semester 2
Lectures: 1 hour per week (in most weeks), including guest lecturers
Examples classes: 1 hour per week in semester 2
Lecturers: Pete Jinks
Course lecturer: Pete Jinks

Additional staff: view all staff
Sem 1 w1-5,7-12 Lecture 1.1 Fri 12:00 - 13:00 -
Sem 1 w1-5,7-12 Examples LF15 Fri 12:00 - 13:00 -
Sem 2 w19-25,29-32 Lecture 1.1 Thu 11:00 - 12:00 -
Sem 2 w19-25,29-32 Examples LF15 Thu 11:00 - 12:00 -
Sem 2 w19-25,29-32 Examples LF15 Mon 14:00 - 15:00 -
Assessment Breakdown
Exam: 0%
Coursework: 100%
Lab: 0%


This course aims to give students an informed awareness of the principal issues of professional ethics and responsibility in the design, implementation and use of computer and information systems, to help in recognition of ethical problems when they occur, and to enable students to deal effectively with ethical, legal and professional issues now and in their future careers.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will:

Be able to better understand the difference between what is ethical and what is legal.
Have an appreciation of basic legal processes and of computer mis-use, fraud and the law.
Have an appreciation of the law in relation to contracts and of safety-critical systems and legal liability.
Have a basic knowledge of IPR in relation to Copyright and Patents.
Be aware of health and safety issues.
Have improved knowledge and some experience of group working.
Have acquired some basic presentation skills.
Be aware of some of the potential problems of managing large IT projects.
Be aware of the requirements for professionalism in respect of the work of the professional societies and their codes of conduct and practice.

Assessment of Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes are assessed through individual and group case studies which require demonstration of the use of a combination of the outcomes listed below to be employed in producing the essays and presentations.

Contribution to Programme Learning Outcomes

A4, D1, D3


Ethical and Legal issues, The law and contracts, Copyright and patents, Computer misuse and the law.

Graduate careers in computing, Building the foundations of future career success.

Professional societies and codes of conduct. The BCS at work.