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Legal and Ethical Issues in IT, IT-M 885

About this Course: 

Current legal issues in information technology are addressed including elements of contracting, payment systems, digital signatures, privacy concerns, intellectual property, business torts and criminal liability including hacking, computer trespass and fraud. Examination of ethical issues including privacy, system abuse, and ethical practices in information technology equip participants to make sound ethical choices and resolve legal and moral issues that arise in information technology.

Course Outline: 

A Gift of Fire: Terminology
Introductory Case Studies
Cyberethics and Morality
Privacy and Security
Freedom of Speech vs. SPAM
Intellectual Property
The 21st-century Workplace
The Digital Divide
Case Studies
Virtual Reality
Artificial Intelligence
Systems that are Smart like Us

Expected Outcomes: 

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe using appropriate terminology legal and ethical issues relevant to information technology and management
  • Analyze the potential legal and ethical pitfalls associated with advancing technology
  • Explore the evolving legal and ethical challenges posed by web-based communication and commerce.
  • Examine the issues of privacy and security in cyberspace
  • Discuss how to obtain, retain, and challenge legal ownership of intellectual property
  • Discuss crime in the 21st-century cybercrime, identity theft, etc.
  • Explore relevant social issues including the digital divide and management responsibilities in the workplace
  • Discuss ethical and legal, gray areas such as freedom of speech vs. SPAM, etc.
  • Analyze the challenges of identifying responsibility and liability in our ever-expanding world where society is becoming increasingly dependent on ad hoc IT systems
  • Explore the legal and ethical implications of virtual worlds, artificial intelligence, robotics, bio-informatics, cloning, etc.

Grading Details: 

Grading/CEU award for this course includes exams.