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Professional Issues in IT H/503/5343

Unit title Professional issues in IT
Learning time Guided learning hours ABP qualification framework level (QCF) Credit Value 250 hours 60 Level 7 25

Unit description
This unit aims to develop critical understanding and reflection on the impact of computing and information systems on society, the importance of ethics and codes of practice in computing, legislation affecting computer use, and the impact of human resource management policies and employment law on the use of computers and development of information systems. There are various laws, acts, guidelines, etc. that direct approaches to working with, designing and implementing computer and information systems. Learners need to understand as many of these as possible and evaluate their impact on computing, in order to be more effective developers, deliverers and users of systems. They also need to be aware of different working practices and how employees can be affected. Experience has shown that often large information systems projects fail to deliver the expected benefits, so students need to be aware of a range of strategic change management approaches to overcome barriers to change and ensure successful project implementation. This unit will help learners to develop a mature attitude to working as an ethically aware professional in today’s everchanging social and technological world.

ABE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Information Systems (QCF) (600/3390/3) October 2011

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Professional Issues in IT H/503/5343

Learning outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 Understand the impact of National and Global legislation involved in computing and information systems development Understand the societal implications of computing and information systems and their development Understand the importance of ethics in computing and information systems environments Understand the impact of national and global employment law and human resource management policies in computing environments Understand approaches to strategic change management for computing and information systems projects

Learning outcome To achieve this unit a learner must:

Assessment criteria Assessment of this outcome will require a learner to demonstrate that they can: 1.1 Critically appraise the main features of current legislation that impact on business computing and information systems development and usage 1.2 Critically evaluate the impact of legislation on computing and information systems development 1.3 Propose appropriate solutions to identified situations which do not comply with legislation

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Understand the impact of National and Global legislation involved in computing and information systems development

ABE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Information Systems (QCF) (600/3390/3) October 2011

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Professional Issues in IT H/503/5343

Learning outcome To achieve this unit a learner must:

Assessment criteria Assessment of this outcome will require a learner to demonstrate that they can: 2.1 Critically evaluate the impact of computing and information systems development and usage on modern society 2.2 Systematically analyse how societal changes have affected modern computing and information systems 2.3 Critically appraise the likely impact of planned computing and information systems in particular situations 2.4 Propose solutions to mitigate the impact of IT systems in particular situations

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Understand the societal implications of computing and information systems and their development

ABE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Information Systems (QCF) (600/3390/3) October 2011

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Professional Issues in IT H/503/5343

Learning outcome To achieve this unit a learner must:

Assessment criteria Assessment of this outcome will require a learner to demonstrate that they can: 3.1 Investigate ethical approaches to computing systems development and usage in modern society 3.2 Systematically examine how ethical and environmental implications have...
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