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Ethics for Computing Professionals LIBS 7102

Liberal Studies Course

Course details

​The course examines ethical and legal issues related to employment as a computing professional, including tensions between personal interests, interests of the company and interests of clients. This course identifies and examines a range of ethical dilemmas likely to be encountered by professionals in the computing industry. Students will be given the theoretical tools to identify and analyze the issues, evaluate them, and propose solutions. Students will develop competence in moral reasoning through examining case studies that describe ethical and legal problems including: Employment (e.g., resume padding, resume fraud, employment contract, conflict of interests, rights and duties of employers and employees, etc.) Remote work (e.g., productivity, trust, opportunities for promotions, privacy, security, etc.) Contracts (e.g., non-disclosure and non-compete agreements, contract law, freedom and autonomy, etc.) Internet fraud (e.g., cybercrime, fraud, hacking, spoofing, phishing, dark patterns, etc.) Property rights (e.g., intellectual property, trade secrets, copyright, patents, open-­­source code, screen scraping, selecting software licenses, etc.) Data (e.g., data storage, data privacy, data residency, data custody, professional negligence, legal data protection, hacking, spoofing, phishing, fiduciary obligations, etc.)​. The course is required for the CST Diploma and will be offered in the spring (May) and winter (January) terms.​


  • BCIT ENGL 1177, or 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above, or 3 credits of a university/college first-year social science or humanities course.





Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2023

Below is one offering of LIBS 7102 for the Spring/Summer 2023 term.

CRN 68769


Thu May 11 - Thu Jul 27 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 68769
  • $925.44
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
May 11 - Jul 20 Thu 18:30 - 21:30 Online
Jul 27 Thu 18:30 - 21:30 Burnaby SE12 Rm. 310

Shulamit Gribov

Course outline






Important information
  1. Please note: (A) RESERVED: LIBS 7102 is for reserved for CIT and CST students. (B) The course is composed of 3 hours of synchronous online teaching plus 2 hours of online asynchronous teaching per week. FINAL EXAMS: All final exams MUST be written at BCIT during the last week of the course on the designated dates and times determined by the instructor.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to achieve the following for each of the topics mentioned in the course description:

  • Identify ethical issues in computing-related case studies.
  • Explain the principles of key normative ethical theories that are relevant to computing.
  • Apply theories to a variety of ethical and legal problems that computing professionals may face.
  • State counter arguments in response to proposed solutions and constructively engage alternative views.
  • Make a persuasive case for taking a particular course of action to solve a profession-related ethical problem.

Effective as of Fall 2022

Related Programs

Ethics for Computing Professionals (LIBS 7102) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Computer Systems
    Diploma Part-time
  2. Computer Systems Technology
    Diploma Full-time


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