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Lecture Theatre LLT 1A

CIT Block B
College of Computing and Information Sciences

Lecture Theatre LLT 2A

CIT Block B
College of Computing and Information Sciences
Course Code: 
BIT 2206
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 2
Year of Study: 
Year 2
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

 A necessary pre-requisite for this course is Information Technology I. This course gives in-depth knowledge of computing law and ethics topics introduced earlier in pervasive themes of Information Technology. It is intended for IT undergraduate students who generally have little (or none) work experience in the IT industry. First, the course considers the international and national legal frameworks related to IT. A variety of computer crimes as far as responsibility for committing such crimes are discussed. Other issues   include   legal   protection   of   IT   development   -   non-disclosure   agreements, employment contracts, intellectual property law (copyright, patent, licensing, and royalties), trademarks and warranty disclaimers. The course provides a survival kit for IT graduates entering the work force.The course also considers computer ethical issues, such as information privacy, computer crime, computer terrorism, identity theft, ethical hacking etc. Each issue is analyzed in terms  of  the  major  ethical  theories.  The  course  discusses  professional  ethics  of  IT societies (professional codes of conduct).Students will be offered a range of experiences that include:  large group lectures; small group tutorials; working with team members in small groups; oral presentations; self assessment and peer assessment and; electronic discussion forum.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Aims: the aims of this course are to:•     Develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of Computer Law and Ethics major issues; •     Provide  the  students  with  the  survival  legal  kit  necessary  for  their  future  carrier  as  IT-professionals and; •     Form an adoption of IT professional ethics/code of conduct.     

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