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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Creating and using multimedia and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applications needs consideration of social, ethical and legal factors. This unit focuses on issues associated with human impact, ethics, regulation, privacy, law, equity, access and cultural and indigenous issues which influence and affect the multimedia and Information and Communication Technology industries. Examples are discussed.

Unit content

Topic 1: Ethics and cyberethics
Topic 2: Critical thinking and fallacies of argument
Topic 3: ICT in the workplace
Topic 4: Professional ethics in ICT
Topic 5: Multimedia and ICT in education and training
Topic 6: ICT and privacy
Topic 7: Multimedia, ICT and Intellectual Property
Topic 8: Cybercrime and security issues
Topic 9: Regulation of inappropriate content
Topic 10: Computer games, entertainment, communities and identities
Topic 11: Digital divide and equity
Topic 12: Ethical aspects of emerging and converging technologies

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 discuss the impact of multimedia and Information and Communication Technologies upon society
2 discuss the role of governments in legislating and regulating the use of multimedia and Information and Communication Technologies
3 explain the ethical requirements for professionals in the area of multimedia and Information and Communication Technology
4 identify and discuss recent, current, and likely future ethical issues associated with multimedia and Information and Communication Technology.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss the impact of multimedia and Information and Communication Technologies upon society
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA5:
  2. discuss the role of governments in legislating and regulating the use of multimedia and Information and Communication Technologies
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA5:
  3. explain the ethical requirements for professionals in the area of multimedia and Information and Communication Technology
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA5:
  4. identify and discuss recent, current, and likely future ethical issues associated with multimedia and Information and Communication Technology.
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA5:

Prescribed texts

  • The previous edition of the text (4th edition) is also suitable. Electronic versions of the text are also available.: Tavani, HT, 2016, Ethics & Technology; Controversies, Questions, and Strategies for Ethical Computing, 5th edn, John Wiley & Sons Inc., USA. ISBN: 978-1-119-18657-1.

  • The previous (4th) edition of the text is also suitable. Electronic versions of the text are available: Tavani, H T, 2016, Ethics & Technology; Controversies, Questions, and Strategies for Ethical Computing, 5th edn, John Wiley & Sons Inc., USA. ISBN: 978-1-119-18657-1.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.