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,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021


City Campus


665H Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Professor Vanessa Cooper

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5786

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B80

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

As a professional working in the digital age it is important that you can interrogate the role and consequences of information systems in business and society. In this course you will examine your ethical responsibilities as a professional, and apply ethical theories and reasoning to issues and dilemmas in areas such as: technology, work and employment; online privacy; online security; intellectual property; data analytics; artificial intelligence; and more.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon completion of this course you will able to:

CLO1: Critically analyse ethical issues and ethical dilemmas in business and information systems.
CLO2: Critically reflect on ethical theories and apply them to support effective decision-making in business and information systems.
CLO3: Elucidate and debate theories, concepts and issues pertaining to business ethics for a digital society.

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 clips, video clips, and communication tools to facilitate your learning. Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT Library website for further details. Assistance is available online via the library’s chat and email services, face-to-face at RMIT's campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020. 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 and 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 

Assessment Task 3: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 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.