IT Ethics: Professionalism and Ethics in Computing
Learn why ethics matters for computing professionals
With the rise of artificial intelligence, big data, and machine learning, ethics has come to the forefront of the conversation in IT and computer science.
On this three-week course from Charles Sturt University, you’ll learn why ethics is so crucial for computing professionals. You’ll explore the history of ethics in IT, and begin building the skills you need to make ethical decisions.
Examine the role and importance of ethics in computing
The course will start with an overview of ethics as it relates to computing. You’ll learn what ethics means, what the main ethical theories are, and how these relate to the IT industry.
Next you’ll consider some real-world case studies of ethical problems in computing. From information security to the damaging impacts of software or hardware, you’ll understand the wider impact IT systems have on society.
Develop strategies for ethical analysis and ethical decision making
After you’ve looked at some examples of common ethical problems in IT, you can begin building the skills you need to tackle these. You’ll discuss approaches to ethical analysis and problem-solving, focusing on the Doing Ethics Technique and computing codes of conduct.
By the end of the course, you’ll have an understanding of a major new field within IT and related industries, as well as the expertise you need to mitigate ethical risks.
- Week 1: Ethics in computing
- Week 2: Professionalism in computing
- Week 3: Ethical analysis
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Apply an ethical theory to a moral dilemma involving a computing professional.
- Identify ethical problems and assess their implications from the perspective of the Australian Computer Society Code of Professional Conduct.
- Evaluate solutions to ethical problems and make a recommendation for the best course of action.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about ethical risks and ethical problem-solving within the IT industry.
It will be particularly useful for IT professionals working in any industry, as well as undergraduate or postgraduate students of computing.
Who developed the course?
Charles Sturt University is Australia’s most experienced online uni, and has the country’s highest graduate employment rate. From agriculture, arts, healthcare and IT, to business, law, social work and teaching – you’ll get the latest skills in your field, and learn from academics who are connected to industry. Add in 24/7 IT support, scholarships and a vibrant student community, and you can take your next, or first, career step with confidence.
LocationNew South Wales, Australia
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