SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMI123166
Module Leader Scott McMeekin
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Cyber Security and Networks
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • S-B (January start)-A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module will focus on two themes, the first aims to develop student moral autonomy within a professional technology framework. It will examine moral issues and moral decision processes through evaluative enquiry and application of professional codes of conduct specifically in relation to design, information technology and the Internet. The module will also involve conceptual inquiry focussed on the clarification of the meaning of key ideas and issues. The second theme enhances the students knowledge of concepts, methods and application of technology and environmental management as applied to a new or existing venture. The intention is to provide students with a professional understanding of the critical factors required for technical success through the introduction and transformation of innovatory manufacturing and IT systems. Technological innovation is examined and linkages to different models of performance maintenance, invention, innovation and improvement explained. Environmental management looks at the impact that environmental constraints place on the manufacturing and service sector.


Ethics: -360b7 Ethics and morality; Fundamentals of ethical theories; b7 Role and definition of a professional, professional bodies and professional ethics; b7 Purpose of codes of ethics; b7 Whistleblowing; Liability and accountability; Trade secrets; b7 Legislation; b7 Bribes and gifts. b7 Ethics of Intellectual Property and Software Protection; Fair use policies; b7 Software piracy; privacy; Cyber crime; Data security; Technology Management: -360b7 Product life cycles and environmental impacts. b7 The role of the technology manager in technical and environmental change. Technological approaches to management practice. b7 Invention, Innovation & Improvement. Continuous improvement and innovation cycles. b7 Financial implications of innovative approaches. b7 Product Life Cycle Analysis. b7 Technological Systems and supporting analytical techniques. FMEA, QFD and six sigma methodologies b7 Overview of ISO9000 & ISO14001.? The quality and environmental audit systems examined. b7 The qulality and environmental audit systems examined.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:Understand the fundamental need for ethical behaviour and ethical responsibilities within the fields of computer technology and general engineering.Understand, apply and critically evaluate the outcomes of ethical theories to a number of appropriate ethical issues.Critically apply, analyse and discuss the role of, the interactions and the tensions among professional codes of ethics within technology applications and institutional norms.Make appropriate autonomous decisions in a range of case study situations.Critically evaluate the different stages of change management through improvement, innovation and invention.Demonstrate an appreciation of the requirements of various standards such as ISO9000 on the development and supply of engineering products and services.Possess a comprehensive knowledge of management systems such as Product Life Cycle management and their influence on design and manufacturing costs.Apply technology management methods and models such as six sigma, FMEA and cause and effect to analyse and explain complex manufacturing and system problems.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will be delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials that are used for a critical discussion and analysis of relevant case studies. A blended learning approach will be adopted supported by electronic forum and the use of guest lecturers.

Indicative Reading

Ethics: -360b7 Ethics and Technology, H T Tavani, 3 rd Edition, John Wiley and Sons, ISBN 978-0-470-50950-0, (2011) b7 Engineering Ethics, C B Fleddermann, 4th Edition, Prentice-Hall, ISBN-13: 978-0-13-214521-3 (2012) b7 Ethics in Information Technology, International Edition, G Reynolds, 4th Edition, South-Western College Publishing, ISBN: 978-1111534101 (2011) b7 Cyberethics: Morality and Law in Cypberspace, R Spinello, 5th Edition, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, ISBN-13 978-1449688417 (2013) b7 Relevant Websites -360 o <> o <> o <> o <> Technology Management: -360b7 Masters et al, Introduction to Environmental and Engineering Science, Pearson, 2008 b7 Timmons J., New Venture Creation, Butterworth Heinemann, 1999 b7 Mitchell, Resource and Environmental Management, Prentice Hall, 2002 b7 Barrow.C.J, Environmental Management, Routledge,1999 b7 Rhodes & Weild, Implementing New Technologies, Blackwell, 1994 b7 Babcock & Morse, Managing Engineering & Technology, Prentice Hall, 2002 b7 Shane, Technology Strategy for Managers and Entrepreneurs, Prentice Hall, 2008 b7 Ed. Von Kroch G, Nonaka I, Nishiguchi T., Knowledge Creation: A Source of Value, MacMillan Press, 2000 b7 Stoner and Freeman, Management, Prentice Hall, 2001 b7 Accounting & Finance for non specialists, Atrill P and McEleney E, Prentice Hall, 1997

Transferrable Skills

D1 Critical thinking and problem solving D2 Cognitive/intellectual skills D3 Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject D4 Learning style and orientation to learning D5 Time management: organising and planning work D6 Independent working D7 Planning, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating own learning and development D9 Information Retrieval Skills D10 Group working D12 Communication skills, written, oral and listening

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 12.00
Practicals (PT) 12.00
Assessment (PT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Tutorials (PT) 12.00
Seminars (PT) 6.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 84.00
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (PT) 84.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 45% Professional Ethics Report
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 45% Technology Management Report