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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Professional Practice for Enterprise Comp.
Module Code CA279
School School of Computing
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Gareth Jones
Semester 2: Gareth Jones
Autumn: Gareth Jones
Module TeachersGareth Jones
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

The aim of this modules is to provide the learner with an ability to communicate effectively in business settings, to prepare students for the workplace (INTRA) and to provide an appreciation for the Social, Legal, Ethical and issues associated with a professional work environment.

Learning Outcomes

1. Discriminate between the key social, legal, ethical and regulatory issues involved in working professionally in computing.
2. Construct approaches to managing within legal, ethical and regulatory parameters.
3. Describe the vocabulary and concepts of both social, legal, ethical and regulatory approaches and be prepared to deal with workplace issues on the basis of this understanding.
4. Develop a philosophical and legal outlook that will be transferable to academic study and work generally.
5. An understanding of what is required for, and the barriers to, good communication.
6. An ability to design and write good business reports and presentations
7. An appreciation of the skills and knowledge, workplace relationship and team working to be acquired during INTRA

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Course content, including supplementary material on key topics and associated tutorial material will be made available online using the DCU Loop
Independent Study101This comprises time for reading, reviewing given and other exercises, group interaction on project, project time and write-up and revision.
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

IT Law, Ethics and governance
Philosophical principles; IT Ethics; Code of conduct; Governance of IT; ISO/IEC 20000; Software theft and intellectual property rights; Computer and information security and privacy; Data protection and the law.

Communication Skills
Communication Skills; Critical Thinking; Introduction to Technical Writing; Business Plan writing; Brainstorming and Visualization; Teamwork and team communications; Oral communications and Presentation skills; Interview preparation

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentA variety of weekly assessments will be implemented on a continuous basis with each building upon the previous. In addition to active participation in in-class activities, there will be a series of exercises for skills development such as: making presentations (solo and teams); self-reflection on presentations (video recorded); business report writing; business plan/proposal writing (Dragon Den's game); technical report writing; and learning self reflection.50%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Joan van Emden and Lucinda Becker.: 0, Presentation skills for students, 2ED, Basingstoke; Palgrave Macmillan, 0230243045
  • by Charles H. Sides: 1999, How to write & present technical information, 3ed, Oryx Press, Phoenix, Ariz., 1573561339
  • Nicholas Harvey: 0, Effective Communication, 2ed, 0717159760
  • Joseph Migga Kizza: 0, Ethics in Computing: A Concise Module, Springer, 2016, 978-331929104
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
COMBUSBSc in Computing for Business
ECBSc in Enterprise Computing
ECSAStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
ECSAOStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)

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