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Module Descriptor School of Computer Science and Statistics

Module CodeCS3105
Module NameLAW AND IT
Module Short Title
Semester TaughtHilary Term
Contact HoursOne semester, 1 3 hr lecture per week
Module PersonnelTricia Sheehy-Skeffington
Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Devise policies to ensure satisfactory protection and access to third parties’ data held by a company;
  • Identify appropriate means of protecting and exploiting various products’ intellectual property in an IT context (with particular emphasis on how much knowledge a former member of staff may exploit);
  • Articulate lucid guidelines to enable a company to operate ethically and within the law when trading products (including website content) online;
  • Negotiate heads of terms of contracts such as software development agreements; 
    Critique the short-comings of the current legal framework
Learning Aims

This module offers an overview of legal principles relevant to business ICT practitioners. Students learn to set workplace policy appropriately, with awareness of legal obligations stemming from contracts and governing legislation.  Exploration of the interaction the law with commonplace ICT business scenarios will enable students to positively use law as part of the toolkit of business interactions.

Module Content
Recommended Reading List

Kelleher, D., Murray, K. (2007) Information Technology Law in Ireland (2nd Ed.), Dublin: Tottel Publishing. ISBN: 978 1 84592 111 8 link

Module PrerequisitesNone
Assessment Details

All of above assessment details are yet to be confirmed.

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Academic Year of Data2014/15