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BCS Foundation Award - Understanding Ethical Principles In The IT Profession Training Course

Explore The Field Of Ethics In IT To Understand Why It’s So Important

Introduction

The BCS Foundation Award - Understanding Ethical Principles In The IT Profession is designed for individuals seeking to understand the purpose and value of ethics in a modern workplace. Ethics is the cornerstone of society; it helps to shape organisational culture and it influences decision making. As the use of digital technology is now integrated into virtually every aspect of everyday life, ethics in IT is becoming more important than ever.

This Award is designed to enable individuals to explore ethics in relation to their own role and the ethical principles upheld within the IT profession. It aims to show them how to identify common threats to their ethical behaviour and the safeguards that can help to minimise these threats. It also considers the role of legislation and corporate governance in ensuring ethical standards are promoted and maintained.

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Course Outline

1. The importance Of Ethics To Society, Business, And IT Professionals

You will be able to:

1.1 Explain the impact of ethical principles of society

1.2 Explain the impact of ethical principles on organisations.

1.3 Explain the values and behaviours to be demonstrated by IT professionals.

2. Ethical Behaviour Required By IT Professionals

You will be able to:

2.1 Explain the difference between a rules-based system and principles based system

2.2 Recognise the key elements of the BCS code of conduct.

2.3 Describe the key points of the ethical standard ISO26000.

2.4 Identify ethical behaviours required to deal with different situations.

3. Ethical Behaviour Required By IT Professionals

You will be able to:

3.1 Describe the role of corporate governance in an organisation

3.2 Identify ways to monitor corporate governance.

4. Legislation

You will be able to:

4.1 List basic business laws and standards that influence the way an organisation operates.

4.2 Identify elements of data privacy laws that organisations must operate within.

5. Ethical Dilemmas And Safeguards

You will be able to:

5.1 Identify potential ethical dilemmas facing IT professionals and safeguards that can be implemented.

5.2 Explain the term “Sustainability” in relation to IT professionals

5.3 Describe the key components of the triple bottom line and the impact of this on IT professionals.

Description

This award sits within the Ethics area of the AI Foundation Pathway while also providing essential standalone foundation learning for all professionals working in the IT industry.

You’ll learn about:

  • The importance of ethics in society, business and the IT profession
  • Ethical behaviour required by IT practitioners
  • Corporate governance
  • Ethical dilemmas and safeguards

About the Course

The BCS Foundation Award - Understanding Ethical Principles In The IT Profession is suitable for any individual working in an IT role, from a CIO to a service desk operative and all that is in between

Who Should Attend

  • All IT professionals who are required to operate ethically in society and in business - from service desk operative to CIO!
  • Business leaders and professionals who need clear sight of how ethics impacts their work
  • Consumers who would like to be more informed in an increasingly technology-driven society

Materials Provided

  • BCS Foundation Award - Understanding Ethical Principles In The IT Profession Materials
  • BCS Foundation Award - Understanding Ethical Principles In The IT Profession Examination

Organisational Benefits

Organisations will benefit by:

  • Having staff that are aware of the capabilities of AI and how it can contribute to organisational success
  • Compete in an advanced technological future
  • Use AI to increase efficiency and reduce costs

Individual Benefits

Individuals will benefit by:

  • Having an up to date understanding of AI
  • Being able to identify opportunities to apply AI solutions
  • Being able to position themselves to take advantage of increased technology

Prerequisites

There are no specific entry requirements for this award. However, some professional experience in a business or IT environment may be advantageous.

Prereading

The following titles are suggested reading for anyone undertaking this award. You should be encouraged to explore other available sources.

Title: Ethics in Computing, Science and Engineering

Author: Barry Blundell

Publisher: Springer; 1st edition

Publication Date: 5 Feb. 2020

ISBN: 978-3030271251

Exam Overview

Type: 16 Multiple Choice Questions, 2 Scenario Based Questions

Duration: 30 Minutes

Supervised: Yes

Open Book: No (no materials can be taken into the examination room)

Passmark: 13/20 (65%)

Delivery: Digital Format Only.

Exam Type

Proctored Exam

Professional Development Units - PDUs

This award contributes 5 credits towards the:

  • Foundation Certificate In AI (total credits required: 20)
  • Foundation Diploma In AI (total credits required: 36)

Qualifications

BCS Foundation Award - Understanding Ethical Principles In The IT Profession

Next Steps

AI’s ability to learn, replicate and predict means it will have a considerable impact on society and our environment if we don’t approach it ethically, sustainably and with clear governance. This set of awards explores the impact of decision-making and is vital learning for any forward-thinking IT professional.

Other Ethics awards in the AI Foundation Pathway include:

Conclusion

You will explore the field of ethics in IT to understand why it’s so important, how it can be threatened and how to minimise the threat – as well as the impact of legislation and corporate governance on ethical decision-making.

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