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Professional Issues in Information Technology
2nd edition

Frank Bott (author)

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ISBN: 9781780171807
Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 170 x 244
Number of pages: 210
Publication date: 27 JAN 2014
Publisher: BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

To be effective at a senior level, IT professionals need not only appropriate technical skills and experience, but also a broad understanding of the context in which they operate. Relevant to both small and large companies, this book addresses the social, legal, financial, organisational and ethical issues faced by IT professionals such as intellectual property rights in software, computer misuse, codes of conduct, starting a company and internet law. It is designed to accompany the BCS HEQ ‘Diploma in IT’ core module: Professional Issues in Information Systems Practice. This new edition takes into account the social and legal implications of the substantial changes to legislation and technology over recent years, for example cloud computing, the Digital Economy Act and the Equality Act.
Frank Bott was Head of the Computer Science Department at Aberystwyth University in Wales, and now lectures there part-time. Before that he was a visiting professor at the University of Missouri and worked in the software industry. He has published extensively on software engineering and professional issues in IT.
'This is an essential read for IT professionals needing to know the latest legislation and technological advances. It is well written, providing extensive information with clear examples.'
Elizabeth Hull, Professor Emerita of Computing Science, University of Ulster

'Few books provide such a comprehensive treatment of professionalism in IT. Not only is there thorough coverage of professional issues, but these are set in a business context and wonderfully illustrated by numerous case studies. This book should be read […] by everyone working in the industry.'
Professor Richard Millar, Dean of Computing & Engineering, University of Ulster
1 Law and government
2 The computing profession
3 What is an organisation?
4 Structure and management of organisations
5 Financing a start-up company
6 Financial accounting
7 Management accounting
8 Investment appraisal
9 Human resources issues
10 Anti-discrimination legislation
11 Intellectual property rights
12 Software contracts and licences
13 Data protection, privacy and freedom of information
14 Internet issues
15 Computer misuse

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