Contemporary Issues in Information Technology
|Course code INFT3920||Units 10||Level 3000||Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT|
This course investigates a number of contemporary issues in the rapidly changing information technology environment. Considers social and ethical issues in information technology. It also investigates in depth a number of topical theoretical issues and practical information technology tools and broadens students' perspective and skills.
This course has a Compulsory Course Component in the final examination.
Available in 2014
|Objectives||On completion of this course students will have the ability to:|
1. Understand the effects of information technology on society, organisations, communities and individuals;
2. Consider the ethical implications of their information technology decisions;
3. Participate effectively in debates on a number of topical information technology issues;
4. Apply some of the latest information technology tools and techniques;
5. Apply their information technology knowledge and skills in a multidisciplinary environment.
|Content||Topics will generally include:|
1. Information technology in the past and in the future
2. The effects of information technology on society, organisations, communities and individuals
3. Ethical behaviour of information technology professionals
4. Contemporary theoretical issues. Examples include the digital divide, biotechnology, optical and quantum computing, computer human interfaces and the limitations of computing.
5. Contemporary information technology tools and techniques.
6. Applying information technology across disciplines.
|Assumed Knowledge||This course requires proficiency in understanding and expressing complex concepts at tertiary level. High levels of academic English are required. Students who have not undertaken at least 40 units of 2000/3000 level courses on campus at The University of Newcastle at Callaghan, Ourimbah or Singapore are advised to consult with the Course Co-ordinator before enrolling.|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Contact Hours||Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|
Computer Lab: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
|Timetables||2014 Course Timetables for INFT3920|