The following information is intended to clarify how you will be assessed for this unit.

This Unit is designed to provide you with a knowledge and understanding of professional issues, including contemporary legislation, and ethical considerations for those fulfilling a computing related role within the workplace. The target audience is students whose aim is to follow a career, or are currently following a career, as a computing professional to ensure work duties are carried out responsibly.

The Unit has four Outcomes, as follows:

  1. Describe professional bodies relevant to computing practitioners.
  2. Apply codes of conduct and ethical standards relevant to computing practitioners.
  3. Describe contemporary legislation as it relates to computing practitioners.
  4. Evaluate ethical considerations in a relevant vocational context.

Outcomes 1–4 are assessed by a single assignment. You will be required to provide evidence covering a sample of knowledge and skills from all Outcomes. Your evidence may  be in any appropriate form, eg a written report, a presentation, an audio or video recording, a blog or wiki, etc

Work produced will be based on a case study/scenario of a realistic computing environment. The case study/scenario will be issued early in the teaching learning activities with a set of associated unseen questions.

Your evidence for assessment can be built up on an Outcome-by-Outcome basis, or can be end-loaded.  A different case study/scenario and associated set of unseen questions should be given for each assessment occasion.

You will be permitted to ask questions of the Assessor for the purpose of clarification of the case study/scenario details.

The assessment is open-book, so you are encouraged to gather and refine information / knowledge related to  each Outcome. Appropriate measures will be taken to ensure the integrity of individual student assignment submission.

In order obtain a pass in the Unit you must meet the following minimum criteria:

♦ Describe:

— a minimum of two professional bodies for the computing profession
— a minimum of three functions carried out by those professional bodies
— two areas of impact/influence of professional bodies on vocational areas of work

♦ Apply two working principles related to computing professionals from a professional code of conduct

♦ Exemplify one professional development activity, professional integrity and social duty for a specified computing professional role

♦ Describe three areas of legislative concern for a specified computing professional role from the range of knowledge and skills for Outcome 3

♦ Evaluate two ethical issues from the range given, one social/environmental principle and suggest an appropriate resolution to a specified area of ethical conflict.

♦ Use a referencing standard to record areas of research

Congratulations! You have now completed the Professionalism and Ethics in Computing course. Remember, you can go back to any topic by using the menu near the top of the page.