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Professional Issues in Computing


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 5
  • Convenor: Dr Brian Gannon
  • Assessment: a case study analysis (50%) and online quizzes (25% and 75%)

Module description

In this module you will learn about the social, legal, ethical and economic implications of computing in modern society, with a particular focus on the responsibilities and issues facing IT professionals and computer scientists in industry. This is a practical module, grounded in real-life examples/case studies.

Indicative syllabus

  • Computer technology in context of technology revolutions
  • Brief history of information systems in society and industry
  • Information security in everyday life and why information systems fail
  • Freedom of information
  • Data protection
  • Intellectual property
  • Computer misuse
  • Commercial issues in computing including contracts and liability
  • Information surveillance
  • Information security careers

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will:

  • recognise legal and professional issues in information security
  • have an understanding of commercial issues in information security
  • be familiar with the origins and importance of information security in the modern world
  • understand the roles of various actors in the context of information security operation and development
  • understand the legal, ethical and professional responsibilities of IT practitioners
  • understand how to design a solution to a real-world problem that can be solved with information security/IT constructs
  • have an appreciation of the social implications of the use of computers.