The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore).

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able 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.


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.

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial discussion

Online Learning Activity: Written blog entries

Formal Examination: Final Examination *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - A mark of at least 40% in the Final Examination is required.