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Ethics in Information and Technology (9101.3)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Technology

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    • Semester 2, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (151917) - View

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    Syllabus

    The new technologies raise numerous ethical issues. Most of the ethical issues themselves are not new, and in many cases have been discussed in a formal and rigorous way at least since the time of the ancient Greeks. But new technologies raise these issues in novel ways, and in some cases make them much more urgent that they were in the past.

    One aim of this unit is to show where some of these ethical problems lie. The other, and perhaps the more important aim, is to demonstrate how a framework of ethical theory and argumentation can contribute to developing solutions to these problems. As a consequence, the unit looks at both, rigorous argument techniques and theories, and at the particular contexts in which new computer and information technologies raise ethical problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

    1. Recognise ethical problem in the context of IT;

    2. Analyse these ethical problems;

    3. Evaluate the ethical dimensions of the problems;

    4. Recommend resolutions to the problems; and

    5. Generalise these recommendations to larger classes of ethics problems.

    Contact Hours

    3 hours per week

    Prerequisites

    Information Systems in Organisations, 6348, AND completion of 39 credit points.

    Corequisites

    None.

    Assumed Knowledge

    Significant knowledge of ICT

    Equivalent Units

    None.

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