Computing Law and Professional Responsibility - CO643

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) MR GEW Tripp
Medway Spring
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6 15 (7.5)


There are no specific pre-requisites but students are expected to have completed Stage 1 of a relevant programme.


This module cannot be taken with CO841 Computing Law, Contracts and Professional Responsibility



The scope of the module is outlined below. Note that topics will not necessarily be delivered in this order
Professional issues and professional organisations.

Data privacy legislation, and other UK laws relating to the professional use of computer systems
Criminal law relating to networked computer use, including new Anti-Terrorism legislation; and their application

Intellectual Property Rights, including Copyright, Patent and Contract Laws
Health & Safety issues.
Computer-based Projects, including the vendor-client relationship and professional responsibilities


This module appears in:

Contact hours

22 lectures, 10 seminars

Indicative reading


See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Possess an ability to accurately deploy established techniques based on Professional Issues requirements for BCS/IEE accreditation
Have a conceptual understanding of what is ethical and what is legal, and appreciate the difference
Have a systematic understanding of basic legal processes and data privacy legislation, and have acquired basic knowledge of computer law as it currently exists with respect to IT in the UK
Be able to critically evaluate IT related health and safety issues

Possess critical awareness of some of the potential legal and ethical problems of large IT projects

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