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MMIS 542 : Ethical and Legal Concerns for Information-Intensive Systems

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College of Business (WBUAD)
Ethical and Legal Concerns for Information-Intensive Systems
In exploiting organizational information systems and technologies that support a small or larger enterprise, managers will need to understand the controversies that comprise the field of cyber ethics, which examines the ethical, moral, legal, and social issues involving the use of information and information technology. This course will explore the roles and responsibilities of computer/IT professionals in developing safe and reliable computing capabilities under the category of professional ethical and legal considerations. The broader social and ethical concerns associated with information technology are examined under topics such as privacy, security, crime, intellectual property and internet regulation. Prerequisites: MMIS 501 and MMIS 502, or approval of the Program Chair

The pace of innovation in information technologies brings new opportunities to businesses, organizations, individuals and governments every day; but each opportunity may also bring with it new ethical, moral and legal concerns. These new ways of using and misusing information can have both direct and subtle impacts on privacy and security, whether at the personal, organizational or national level. And as more and more individuals, businesses and government activities move further into the clouds, more and more violations of law and ethics are perceived to occur. This course examines these issues, and helps the student make the business and ethical case for doing the right things in the right ways.

After completing this course, a student will be able to: Understand the fundamental ethical issues pertaining to the use and misuse of information, information systems and information technologies. Examine the roles that classic and contemporary ethical theories play in the analysis of ethical issues involving information systems. Describe what is meant by professional ethics, code of ethics, standards of moral responsibility and accountability in the information, computing and IT professions, and how these should apply in systems as they pertain to systems safety issues. Explain the potential and real conflicts between information privacy and data protection interests, and national / homeland security intelligence and surveillance needs. Describe criminal activities involving information systems and technologies, and the more important legal and jurisdictional issues that pertain to investigating and prosecuting cybercrimes. Describe the ethical issues regarding intellectual property, open source or public domain intellectual property, fair use, and the needs of societies and rights holders to protect intellectual property. Assess how the competing agendas of systems security, intellectual property rights protection, and individual freedoms complicate the regulation and growth of the Internet and the services it supports.

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Dr. Jim West - 2/24/2015
Lela Halawi - 2/24/2015
Aaron Glassman - 2/24/2015
Bobby McMasters
1-5 Master of Science in Management Information Systems 1. Understand the role of information and knowledge in organizations, and how to apply information management and knowledge management principles and techniques to support the accomplishment of organizational goals and objectives.
2. Use the principles of quality management to implement continuous business process improvements that achieve information systems’ reliability and robustness in sustainable ways.
3. Understand and apply systems engineering principles to the requirements analysis, design, development, implementation and operational support of organizational information and knowledge management systems.
4. Integrate various ethical, legal, technological and professional perspectives, both local and global, throughout the various MIS decision making and managerial and leadership processes.
5. Lead and manage the various aspects of information and knowledge management, stewardship and governance within a variety of organizational and mission contexts.
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