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COMP7004 - Cyberethics

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Title:Cyberethics
Long Title:Cyberethics
Module Code:COMP7004
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Computer Science
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: TIM HORGAN
Module Author: COLIN MANNING
Module Description: The ubiquitous use of computer systems raises a variety of complex ethical issues for computing professionals, ordinary users, and society. This course identifies a number of ethical issues that students may face during their professional careers and provides them with analytical skills and vocabulary to make ethical judgments related to the deployment of new cyber-technologies.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify the origins of ethical principles.
LO2 Interpret rules, laws, and codes of practice.
LO3 Logically discuss current ethical issues.
LO4 Apply principles of ethics to specific cyber-technology scenarios.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.
No requirements listed
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Origins of Ethics
Sources of ethics and law.
Rules & Law
Social and professional norms. Irish and European legislation. IEEE & ACM codes of Practice.
Current Cyberethics Issues
Intellectual Property: Reconciling the rights of intellectual property owners and the expectations of users, Digital Rights Management (DRM). Privacy: Data Protection, Expectations of Privacy, Big Data, Digital Redlining. Artificial Intelligence: Self-Driving cars, Automated decision making. Digital Divide: Access to technology, Net neutrality, Social exclusion.
Professional Conduct
Respecting the work of others. Obligations to employers. Software safety. Whistle blowing
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation Presentation or debate on a cyberethics issue. 3,4 15.0 Week 8
Short Answer Questions Written examination on the application of rules or laws to cyber-technology scenarios. 2,4 35.0 Week 10
Essay Essay on a contemporary issue in cyberethics. 2,3,4 50.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Content delivery and in-class discussion to support learning outcomes 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Research, reading, and analysis 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Content delivery and in-class discussion to support learning outcomes 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Research, reading, and analysis 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Herman T. Tavani 2010, Ethics and Technology: Controversies, Questions, and Strategies for Ethical Computing, 4 Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 9781118281727]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Miguel Sicart 2009, The Ethics of Computer Games, MIT Press Cambridge, MA, USA [ISBN: 9780262012652]
  • Larry Gross, John Stuart Katz, Jay Ruby (editors) 2003, Image Ethics in the Digital Age, University of Minnesota Press [ISBN: 9780816638253]
  • Richard Spinello 2016, Cyberethics: Morality and Law in Cyberspace., 6 Ed., Jones and Bartlett Publishers [ISBN: 9781284081398]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_KITMN_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in IT Management 4 Elective
CR_KITSP_7 Bachelor of Science in Information Technology 4 Mandatory

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