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IT Ethics: Professionalism and Ethics in Computing

Learn why ethics matter to computing professionals and develop skills to identify ethical problems & recommend solutions to them

8,792 enrolled on this course

IT Ethics: Professionalism and Ethics in Computing
  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours
  • Digital upgrade


Learn why ethics matter to computing professionals

With the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning, ethics has come to the forefront of the conversation in IT and computer sciences

Through this course we will explore the history of ethics as it relates to IT professionals, and the impact an ethical approach to development of software and tools can have on businesses. Computer ethics is one of the fastest growing areas of interest within IT related industries. A solid knowledge of this field is valued by employers, many of which have an appreciation of the broader impacts software and hardware can have on communities and societies.

Through this course you will learn how to mitigate ethical risks and improve your decision making, valuable skills for any information technology professional.

This course is part of our Study with Australia collection, with free upgrades and digital certificates supported by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission until 31st July, 2020. Explore more courses from leading Australian education providers.

What topics will you cover?

  • Week 1: Ethics in Computing
  • Week 2: Professionalism in computing
  • Week 3: Ethical Analysis

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. 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 aimed at anyone studying or planning to study a computing course whether at undergraduate or postgraduate level but will be especially useful for computing professionals working in any industry. Anyone with an interest in ethics or professionalism in a computing context is also welcome and encouraged to join this course.

Who will you learn with?

Who developed the course?

Charles Sturt University

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.

  • Established

  • Location

    New South Wales, Australia

What's included?

Charles Sturt University are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
  • Learning on FutureLearn

    Your learning, your rules

    • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
    • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
    • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

    Join a global classroom

    • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
    • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
    • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

    Map your progress

    • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
    • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
    • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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