Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Professional Issues in the Computing Industry
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Written exam  70%
Semester Assessment Poster  providing details of major project progress  10%
Semester Assessment Job application:  up to 4 pages  20%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Exam  70%
Supplementary Assessment Note - Students must resit failed examination and/or resubmission of failed/non-submitted coursework components or ones of equivalent value.  30%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Critically assess the annual report and accounts of a small computing company.

Apply relevant computing-related legislation and professional codes of conduct to day-to-day situations that arise in business, and evaluate risks associated with those situations.

Explain their five year career plan and know what steps need to be taken to achieve it.

Assess the type of work done by a computer company and infer the types of career opportunities and challenges available within that company.

Evaluate the management implications for a company of issues in diversity and equality, health and safety, green IT, security management and human resources.

Communicate succinctly to higher management the progress made on a computing project.


The purpose of this module is to present material in the key areas of professionalism and careers, finance, health and safety, environmental concerns, law and intellectual property in a unified fashion, in the context of the software industry. Some introductory material of this kind is taught at appropriate points in other modules at lower levels. This module brings all of that material together at an appropriate level for a graduate entering the software industry.

Brief description

This module addresses many of the non-technical issues that are vital for students intending to pursue a professional career in the software industry. The subjects covered in this module will enable students to understand many of the issues that will arise as they pursue a career in computing. In particular, our degrees are accredited by the BCS (the Chartered Institute for IT), and the kinds of topics that are addressed in this module are seen by the BCS as a necessary part of the education of any chartered IT professional.


Introduction to the course [1]

Legal issues: Criminal v civil law. Computer Misuse, RIPA, Data protection and data privacy. IPR. Software contracts and licensing. [5]

Management issues: Structure of organisations, Management of Security, Management of Sustainability, Management of risk, Human Resources, 360 degree management, professionalism, the BCS, Equality and diversity. [8]

Business: Startups. Planning. Costing and pricing. Profit and loss. Marketing. [6]

Careers: Deciding on a career. Finding the right job for your career. Matching your skills to job adverts. Interviews - what to expect, how to answer tough questions, what to ask. Talks from representative companies in the software industry. [9]

Presentation: how to put a poster together. [1]

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Through financial material, assessed in exam
Communication In all practical assignments
Improving own Learning and Performance In job application and poster
Information Technology Inherent to the subject.
Personal Development and Career planning Understanding of organisations important for career; Development of job application skills
Problem solving In all practical assignments
Research skills In Technical report
Subject Specific Skills Not Applicable.
Team work Not Applicable.


This module is at CQFW Level 6