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Professional Issues ( 6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL)


Leader: R Pose

Clayton Second semester 2005 (Day)

Synopsis: A brief overview of the history of various aspects of computing technology and the related development of aspects of the computer industry is presented. Issues such as professional, legal and ethical implications of the risks of computer usage, issues relating to privacy and computerized system development, including tendering, contracts, accpetance testing, etc will be covered as well as technical legal issues including software copyright, patent protection and licensing; other aspects of protection and control of IP and problems arising from the nature of large-scale software development in large organisations.

Assessment: Test: 30% + Assignments: 70%

Contact Hours: One 2-hour lecture and one 2-hour seminar/tutorial/discussion session per week

Prerequisites: Entry to any Information Technology Masters course. Knowledge typical of a computer science graduate or technical computing professional. It is expected that masters level students will be more mature than undergraduate students and many of the issues dealt with in this unit will benefit from this maturity and experience.