Course Title: Business Ethics for a Digital Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Business Ethics for a Digital Society

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr John Lenarcic

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925-1605

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

As professionals-in-training it is important that you are able to critically interpret and assess the human issues underpinning all aspects of information systems and their role in society. This course critically examines the theoretical and practical knowledge of behavioural factors in information systems from a variety of distinct perspectives, which include historical, social, professional, philosophical and ethical understandings in an effort to nurture reflective ICT practitioners.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon completion of this course you will able to:

  1. Demonstrate analytical and critical appreciation skills in ethics, social informatics and professional practice in the business ICT arena
  2. Apply the ethics principles and procedures in ethical decision-making
  3. Demonstrate verbal and/or written communication skills relevant to professional ethical issues in business practice
  4. Develop advanced teamwork and/or interpersonal skills to discuss conceptual issues in group situations

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT Studies\Canvas. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.
Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.
Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3
Assessment Task 2: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4
Assessment Task 3: 30%
Linked CLOs: 2, 3

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.