SRT511 Course Outline

Course Code: SRT511
Course Name: Security Arts: Ethics
Offered Date: Fall - 2021 | Other versions
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Course Description:
This course examines fundamental issues concerning the nature of legal and moral responsibility from a personal and professional perspective. Students will explore the nature of law in relation to morality. Using case studies and small group tutorials, they will discuss and critique ethical situations related to copyright, intellectual property, freedom of expression and privacy. This course will focus on the current ethical issues that society faces given the increased use of electronic information and its accessibility.
Credit Status: 1 credit in the IFS program.
Prerequisite: RIS420, BTC340
Mode of Instruction: 3 hours Interactive lecture time per week
Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify, analyze, and explain issues of privacy, security and ethics as they affect and are affected by the use of Information Technology in the workplace and in daily life
  • Design, organize, and implement strategies for best ethical practices within an organization as they relate to the use of Information Technology
  • Communicate privacy and security issues clearly, concisely, and effectively using oral, written and visual forms
  • Interact cooperatively as a team member/leader to establish effective working relationships and contribute to the achievement of goals regarding the ethical and legal access to and use of both public and private information
  • Develop research skills that incorporate critical thinking and problem solving, in order to recognize existing, potential, and unforeseen ethical and legal issues facing Informatics professionals and the stakeholders in the systems for which they are responsible
Employability Skills:

    •  Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.|    •  Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.|    •  Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.|    •  Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.|    •  Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.|    •  Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.|    •  Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.|    •  Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.|    •  Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.|    •  Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.|
Topic Outline:
  • Overview of ethics
    • What are ethics?
    • The role of ethics in society
    • Belief systems
    • Social and private dilemmas
  • Professional ethics
    • The power of knowledge
    • Overview of various professional codes
    • The consequences of abuse
    • Personal responsibility
    • Corporate responsibility
  • Personal ethics
    • Postmodern Ethics & Introduction To Morality
    • Relativism, Natural Law, Kantianism, Utilitarianism
  • Privacy
    • The ethics of privacy
    • Consequences of invasion of privacy
    • Where privacy rights end: ownership, and enforcement of law
  • Freedom of expression
    • The right of free speech
    • Perceived vs. absolute truth
    • Libel and slander
    • Public decency and pornography
    • Whistle blowing
  • Computer ethics vs. other ethics
    • Is there a difference?
    • The role of the computer as a tool
    • The role of the Internet: radical individualism vs. the needs of the community
    • Overview of ethical issues involving computers and networks
  • Intellectual property
    • Software piracy
    • Copyright and patents
    • Digital rights
    • Open source philosophy
    • Hacker philosophy - libertarians or criminals?
  • Use of resources
    • Who owns what?
    • Parasitic computing
    • Restricting Access
    • Malicious software
Prescribed Text(s):

  • Ethics for the Information Age 7/E  Michael J. Quinn © Feb 11 2016 |  Addison-Wesley  |  Published: 02/24/2014 ISBN-10: 0133741621  |  ISBN-13: 978 0133741629
  • Ethics at Work (NetEffect Series) by Barbara G. Cox; ISBN 0-13-045031-6 published by Prentice Hall
Reference Material:
  • None
  • None
Promotion Policy:
  • Pass the weighted average of all assessments
  • Pass the weighted average of the exam and the tests
  • Pass the final exam
  • Successfully complete all of the assignments and exercises. Submissions that do not meet specifications will be returned to the student for revision and resubmission.

Grading Policy

A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices. (


Assignments 40%
Tests (2) 30%
Final Exam 30%
Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
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