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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 & The IT Profession
  • Ethical Behaviour Required By IT Practitioners
  • Corporate Governance
  • Ethical Dilemmas & Safeguards

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.

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

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

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

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

  • 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)
  • Pass Mark: 13/20 (65%)
  • Delivery: Digital Format Only.

Candidate Responsibilities

  • You need to complete registrations for both BCS and Questionmark.
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BCS Foundation Award - Understanding Ethical Principles In The IT Profession

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:

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.

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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