SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code MHG705459
Module Leader Yan Zhang
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Computing
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module addresses major issues relevant to the modern computing professional. Such issues may at time be both complex and conroversial. Reference is required to a wide range of technological, economical, social, legal, ethical and philosophical cocerns. Major issues and themes include: The emergence of ubiquitous computing; automation; system development; synergy and conflict; safety and reliability; social and military conserns; privacy; freedom of speech; intellectual property; legislation; professional ethics and characteristics of professional bodies.


- Ubiquitous, pervasive computing - Computing as a global presence - Automation - Economics and social aspects of - Traditional monosystemic system development - Modern polysystemic situations - synergy and conflict - System safety and reliability - Social and military concerns in modrn computing - Privacy - Freedom of speech - Intellectual property - Legislative developments - Professional ethics - Characteristics of Professionalism and Professional Bodies - Philosophical issues

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:- Demonstrate an understanding of the significant issues faced by the the computing profession.- Demonstrate a professional perspective on these issues.- Demonstrate a capacity to present debate on these issues to their peers.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Professional Issues will be presented by lectures and tutorials involving reference to further sources available in students wider learning environment, e.g. Internet.

Indicative Reading

1. Baase S, 2003, A Gift of Fire (2nd ed), Pearson education 2. Ayres R, The Essence of Professional Issues in computing 3. BCS and ACM publications as appropriate

Transferrable Skills

Communication Skills: written; Communication Skills: verbal; Group working; Independent working; Critical Evaluation

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 9.00
Independent Learning (FT) 67.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 70.00 n/a Group report
Coursework 0.00 30.00 n/a Group based oral presentation