Course Details

The BCS Foundation Award in 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.


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


This award contributes 5 credits towards the:

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


Other Ethics awards in the AI Foundation Pathway include:

Course curriculum

  • 2

    Chapter 1 The importance of ethics to society, business, and IT professionals

    • Learning objectives

    • What are ethics?

    • Definition of ethics

    • Dilemma

    • Dilemma

    • Morals

    • Ethics vs morality

    • A World without ethics

    • Why use ethics?

    • Trust and integrity

    • Example 1

    • Example 2

    • Example 3

    • White Hats and Black Hats

    • White hat hacking - real world example

    • 7 Deadly Sins in ethics

    • Ethics for IT professionals - Data Analysts

    • Ethics, professionals and organisations

    • Summary

    • Learning objectives - recap

    • Knowledge check

  • 3

    Chapter 2 Ethical behaviour required by IT professionals

    • Learning objectives

    • Rules-based & principle-based approaches

    • BCS Code of Conduct

    • Introducing IS0 26000 – Social Responsibility

    • IS0 26000 Seven Core Subjects

    • IS0 26000 Seven Key Principles

    • ISO 26000 Brochure

    • What ethical behaviours are required to deal with different situations?

    • Have IT ethics become if-then-else statements?

    • Learning objectives - recap

    • Knowledge check

  • 4

    Chapter 3 The role of corporate governance

    • Learning objectives

    • Corporate governance

    • Roles in an organisation

    • 4 P’s of Corporate Governance

    • Governance example - BCS

    • Tools to monitor corporate governance

    • Why is governance so important to running and supporting technology?

    • Learning objectives - recap

    • Knowledge check

  • 5

    Chapter 4 Legislation

    • Learning objectives

    • Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974

    • Human Rights Act 1998

    • Equality Act 2010

    • British Standards

    • EU AI Rules

    • EU AI Rules update

    • Data Protection Act 2018

    • GDPR

    • GDPR – Lawfulness, fairness & transparency

    • GDPR - Purpose limitation

    • GDPR - Accuracy

    • GDPR - Data minimisation

    • GDPR - Storage limitation

    • GDPR - Integrity and confidentiality

    • GDPR - Accountability principle

    • Data Protection Act 2018 and the GDPR

    • Data Protection and the GDPR in practice

    • Learning objectives - recap

    • Knowledge check

  • 6

    Chapter 5 Ethical dilemmas and safeguards

    • Learning objectives

    • Introduction

    • Universal Design

    • Human-centred design

    • E-waste

    • E-waste

    • Unconscious bias

    • Tracking an individual

    • Safeguards

    • Sustainability

    • Sustainability definition

    • What is sustainability?

    • Why is sustainability important?

    • Why is sustainability important?

    • So what can we do as IT professionals?

    • So what can we do as IT professionals?

    • Introducing ISO 14001

    • ISO 14001 accreditation

    • The triple bottom line

    • 3 Examples of the Triple Bottom Line in IT

    • Learning objectives

    • Knowledge check

Questions

  • Who is it For?

    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. And, consumers who would like to be more informed in an increasingly technology-driven society

  • What Will I Learn?

    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.

  • Exam

    A 30 min. ‘closed book’ exam, with 16 multiple-choice questions & 2 scenario-based questions (worth 2 marks each). The pass mark is 65% (13/20) and you can take the exam from home (computer with webcam required). You will have 12 months access to the course to help you prepare.

  • Entry Requirements

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

  • What do I Get?

    As well as gaining new skills and knowledge, upon successful completion, you will receive a globally recognised certificate (and 5 credits) awarded by BCS at SFIA Plus Level 3, and free annual Associate membership to BCS to further develop your career and grow your professional network.

  • How Long Does it Take to Complete

    The BCS recommend 50 hours of learning to prepare for the exam, including 16hrs using this course and a further 34hrs of independent study.

  • What Support Is Available?

    A qualified tutor is on hand to answer any questions you have about the course and the content, via email or student discussion forum.

  • What Career Support Is Available?

    When you pass your course, you will receive a one-year free membership to the BCS (worth £90) which offers professional networking and career development opportunities through their careers service: ’Springboard'.

Instructor

Company Director and Accredited Trainer

Darren Winter

Darren is the Company Director of Duco Digital, a digital marketing & training business providing business analysis and delivering professional marketing solutions including websites, social media marketing, SEO, marketing strategies and training. In 2020, he launched Duco Digital Training offering BCS accredited distance learning courses. In 2017 he graduated from Newcastle University with an MA with merit in Cross-Cultural Communication and International Marketing, previously graduating with a BSc in Computing from Teesside University where he was also a University Governor. He is the Chair of the Redcar Cleveland Ambassadors and the Redcar Town Deal Board, and also manages the Redcar and Cleveland Business Network.

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