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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Professional & Research Practice
Module Code CA640E
School School of Computing
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Renaat Verbruggen
Semester 2: Renaat Verbruggen
Autumn: Renaat Verbruggen
Module TeachersRenaat Verbruggen
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

The module will introduce topics and issues in professional and research practice for computing professionals in an industrial and academic context. Research Methods: This will include the philosophy of research, qualitative and quantitative research, accessing and evaluating research materials, assessing outcomes and dissemination. This aspect of the module will provide the skills and understanding to plan and manage the practical aspects of the Practicum for the course. Professional: There will be an introduction to the legal aspects of information technology in Ireland and relevant topics in ethics for computing professionals.

Learning Outcomes

1. Find research materials relevant to their degree.
2. Analyse and summarise research papers.
3. Develop and make an academic presentation.
4. Analyse Ethical cases in the field of Computing.
5. Apply professional codes of ethics to computing environments.
6. Source and understand the relevant legislation pertaining to computing.
7. Explain best practice in the collection of digital evidence.
8. Synthesise relevant information about legislation affecting IT

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36Both face to face and online
Assignment Completion45Involves research and writing/presenting
Total Workload: 81

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

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Report(s)Critical Precis of Research Paper or initial Literature review for thesis15%Week 8
Report(s)Analysis of Cyber Ethical Case15%Week 10
EssayAnalyse IT legislation and relevant cases10%Week 11
PresentationA short oral presentation of precis or literature review10%Week 12
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

  • Robert Barrass: 0, Better writing for scientists, engineers and students, 2, Routledge,
  • Tavani, Herman T.: 0, Ethics and technology : controversies, questions, and strategies for ethical computing, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,
  • Quinn: 0, Ethics for the Information Age, Pearson Higher Education,
  • Dennis Kelleher: 0, Privacy and data protection law in Ireland, Bloomsbury,
  • Dennis Kelleher, Karen Murray: 0, Information Technology law in Ireland, Butterworths Dublin,
  • Eric Walters and Gale Climenson Walters: 0, Scientists Must Speak, Bringing presentations to life,, Routledge,
Other Resources

38438, 0, Website: DCU Loop and Online course,
Programme or List of Programmes
MDPPLCMA in Data Protection and Privacy: Law

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