Total Credits: 10
Level: Level 3
Target Students: Part II undergraduate students in the School of Computer Science, in particular those on accredited programmes of study. Also available to taught postgraduate students in the School of Computer Science.This module is part of the Software Engineering theme in the School of Computer Science. Available to JYA/Erasmus students.
|Autumn||Assessed by end of Autumn Semester|
Summary of Content: The module looks broadly into the impact that computer systems have in society and the implications of this from the perspective of a computer scientist, while considering a range of legal, ethical, professional and social issues. The module covers topics such as ethics, critical thinking, professionalism, privacy, intellectual and intangible property, cyber-behaviour, accountability, safety, dependability and reliability, all these within the context of computer systems development. You will spend one hour per week in lectures and one hour per week in group-based workshops for this module.
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Method and Frequency of Class:
|Activity||Number Of Weeks||Number of sessions||Duration of a session|
|Lecture||11 weeks||1 per week||1 hour|
|Workshop||11 weeks||1 per week||1 hour 30 mins|
Method of Assessment:
|Exam 1||50||1 Hour unseen written examination (develop discursive arguments)|
|Coursework 1||20||Weekly workshop assignments (with peer assessment)|
|Coursework 2||30||Case study analysis (discursive ethics discussion)|
Dr D Landa Silva
Education Aims: To give students a broad view of the diverse legal, ethical, social and professional dimensions of computing and the use of computer-based systems in the everyday world. For students to apply these perspectives to contemporary situations. For students to reflect on their own experience and practice, and to plan for the future.
Learning Outcomes: Knowledge and Understanding: A1. Dependability of computing systems A2. The synergy of hardware and software in computer systems implementationIntellectual Skills: B1. Think independently while giving due weight to the arguments of others Professional Skills: C1. Legal, ethical and social aspects of computing C2. The nature of professionalism and the role of professional bodies Transferable Skills: D1. Communicate effectively D2. Reflect upon and assess their own progress, strengths and weaknesses
Offering School: Computer Science
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