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Proffesional Practices


Course Syllabus

Course Code & Title:

Professional Practices

Program(s) & Group(s):

BSE Semester VII Group A & B

Academic Calendar Semester:

Fall 19

Lecture Timing:

Monday & Tuesdays 08:30 to 10:00 am (Group A)

Monday & Tuesdays 12:00 to 1:30 pm (Group B)

Prerequisites and/or Expectations:


Hamood ur Rehman

Website (if any):


Office Location:

Basement, Academic Block, IM Sciences

Office Contact Hours:

Monday to Friday 8:30 to 4:30 (Exception during class hours)

Course Description:

The coverage of ethics and professionalism in engineering and computer science programs has become standard since ABET incorporated these and other “soft skills” as student outcomes in Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) and Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) accreditation criteria. Many programs have chosen to incorporate these topics in various courses across the curriculum while others have developed stand-alone courses. We at IMSciences has opted this course as a stand-alone course with objectives and outcomes elaborated in the next sections

Course Objectives:

The objective of the course is to make students aware of their professional responsibilities when they will work in IT sector. The course will teach students about the historical, social, ethical, economical and professional issues related to IT profession.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.

  2. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

  3. An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.

  4. Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development

Course Assessment(s):

As per IMSciences policy-Mid-term Exam (30%); Assignment (20%); Final-term Exam (50%)

Assignments (20%)

  1. Professional Ethics – Students work in teams of three to analyze and report on various ethics scenarios. A short oral report and a one-page written report are required.

  2. Life-long Learning – Students must attend a seminar or workshop and submit a one-page written report on what they learned.

  3. Elevator Speech – Students deliver a three-minute personal commercial or sales pitch.

  4. Term Essay – Students write a 500-word essay on a contemporary issue related to computing technology or a 500-word proposal for funding of a start-up company

Course Contents




Overview of Ethics


Ethics for IT Professionals and IT Users


Ethics for IT Professionals and IT Users


(ACM) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.


Software Engineering Code of Ethics


Software Engineering code of Professional Practices


Laws and the legal system in Pakistan


Laws and the legal system in Pakistan


Employee relation law and management practices


Intellectual property laws and rights


Intellectual property laws and rights


Intellectual property laws and rights


Professional and ethical decision making


Computer Contracts


Organizational Aspects


Organizational Aspects

Course Resources:

  1. Professional Issues in Software Engineering by Frank Bott, Allison Coleman, Jack Eaton and Diane Rowland, CRC Press; 3rd Edition (2000). ISBN-10: 0748409513

  2. Computer Ethics by Deborah G. Johnson, Pearson; 4th Edition (January 3, 2009). ISBN-10: 0131112414

  3. A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues for Computing and the Internet (3rd Edition) by Sara Baase, Prentice Hall; 3rd Edition (2008). ISBN-10: 0136008488

  4. Applied Professional Ethics by Gregory R. Beabout, University Press of America (1993). ISBN-10: 0819193747.

Course Methodology:

Lecturing, Written Assignments, Project, Report Writing

Course Assignment:

Sessional Exam, Home Assignments, Quizzes, Project, Presentations, Final Exam

General Policies and Behavioral Expectations:

During the class sessions students are expected to;

  • Ensure timely arrival in class and remain present throughout the class session

  • Participate in class discussions and engage in any individual or group tasks

  • Adhere to IMSciences attendance policy and general code of conduct

  • Maintain and update record of all class notes, handouts and relevant materials

  • Adhere to basic principles of academic integrity with regards to exams and assignments

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