You are required to write a reflective journal based on the previous classes e.g. week 5 journal is related to weeks 1-4, and week 9 journal is related to weeks 5-8. In each journal, you should include:
In the week first, I learned about ethics and the importance of acting as per the code of ethics. Ethics defines the way a person should behave in the society, and he/she should maintain integrity by complying with a personal code of principles. The role of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and ethics in the business world is learned in the same week. The theory of CSR focuses on the implementation of ethical policies in the business while operations to ensure compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and corporate governance principles in Australia which resulted in promoting the growth of the business (Zhang, Zhu, and Ding, 2013). In the second week, the significance of ethics in IT professional was discussed along with key ethical dilemmas faced by IT workers. The code of ethics and their impact on ethical behaviour of IT professionals were discussed in the same week. Cybercrimes and their types were discussed in the third week, and case studies were evaluated to understand the type of exploits which include virus, Trojan horse, worm, spam, phishing and others (Sabillon et al., 2016). Many laws relating to cybercrimes were analysed which provides provisions for companies and IT professionals as well. In the fourth week, the key privacy breaches and privacy laws implemented in Australia are analysed to address such issues. All these concepts are relevant to understand by an IT professional, and in the future, this information will assist me in ethically discharging my duties by complying with a personal code of principles to ensure the privacy of clients and avoid the threat of cybercrimes.
In the fifth week, the concept of freedom of expression is discussed along with understanding different censorships imposed by the government on the internet and the IT industry to ensure the security of individuals. Different intellectual properties such as patent, copyrights, and trade markets are defined in the sixth week along with related laws. Measures taken by the government to ensure the protection of intellectual property are discussed as well which include GATT, PRO-IP, WIPO, DMCA, and others (Jandhyala, 2015). In seventh week, we analysed the role of maintaining quality in software development along with negative implications of poor quality software. Various theories are discussed such as software product liability and quality assurance to understand how IT professionals can test their software to ensure that it maintains a high standard of quality. In eighth week, we learned how information technology affects the productivity and quality of life at a national level. We learned how business cycles, outsourcing, competition and service-based economy are influenced due to technological advancements. Various advantages and disadvantages of teleworking for employees and organisations are learned along with superiority of cell phones over personal computers. The role of these technologies in healthcare industry is revolutionary as well. In ninth week, we discussed how social networking is affecting individuals and organisations. We learned the ethical issues involved in increasing use of social media sites and e-commerce services. As an IT professional, these concepts will help me in the future by avoiding legal complexities and using technology to improve my productivity. I learned about the negative side of information technology which assist me in addressing ethical dilemmas in the future.
Jandhyala, S. (2015) International and domestic dynamics of intellectual property protection. Journal of World Business, 50(2), pp.284-293.
Sabillon, R., Cano, J., Cavaller, V. and Serra, J. (2016) Cybercrime and cybercriminals: a comprehensive study. International journal of computer networks and communications security, 4(6), p.159-167.
Zhang, J.Q., Zhu, H. and Ding, H.B. (2013) Board composition and corporate social responsibility: An empirical investigation in the post Sarbanes-Oxley era. Journal of Business Ethics, 114(3), pp.381-392.