460-2053/02 – Nontechnical Aspects of IT Practice (NAIT)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Computer ScienceCredits3
Subject guarantorRNDr. Eliška Ochodková, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorRNDr. Eliška Ochodková, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementOptional
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFEIIntended for study typesBachelor
Instruction secured by
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OH140 RNDr. Eliška Ochodková, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
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Full-time Credit 1+2

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

After completing the course the students will be able to: • To understand the basic cultural, social, legal, and ethical issues inherent in the discipline of computing. • To understand where the discipline has been, where it is, and where it is heading. • To understand their individual roles in this process, as well as appreciate the philosophical questions, technical problems, and aesthetic values that play an important part in the development of the discipline. • To develop the ability to ask serious questions about the social impact of computing and to evaluate proposed answers to those questions. • To anticipate the impact of introducing a given product into a given environment. Will that product enhance or degrade the quality of life? What will the impact be upon individuals, groups, and institutions? • To be aware of the basic legal rights of software and hardware vendors and users, and they also need to appreciate the ethical values that are the basis for those rights. • To understand the responsibility that they will bear, and the possible consequences of failure.

Teaching methods



The goal of the subject is to expose the students to the larger societal context of computing to develop an understanding of the relevant social, ethical, legal and professional issues.

Compulsory literature:

Kizza, Joseph Migga: Ethical and Social Issues in the Information Age, 5th edition. 2013. ISBN 1447149890. Springer Publishing Company.

Recommended literature:

BYNUM, Terrell: Computer and Information Ethics. 2011. [online] https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/spr2011/entries/ethics-computer/ Van den Hoven, Jeroen, Blaauw, Martijn, Pieters, Wolter and Warnier, Martijn: Privacy and Information Technology. 2014. [online] https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/it-privacy/

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

• Two seminar papers on a given topic and their presentation. • Percentage attendance at seminars and activity during seminars.


Other requirements

There are no requirements.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

• History of Computing. • Ethics and the Professions • Anonymity, Security, Privacy, and Civil Liberties • Intellectual Property Rights and Computer Technology • Social Context of Computing • Software Issues: Risks and Liabilities • Computer Crimes • New Frontiers for Computer Ethics: Artificial Intelligence, Virtualization and Virtual Reality, Cyberspace, Biometrics Technologies • Ethical, Privacy, and Security Issues in the Online Social Network Ecosystem • Mobile Systems and Their Intractable Social, Ethical and Security Issues

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Credit Credit  
Mandatory attendence parzicipation: 80% attendance at seminars (participation 11 of 14 or 8 of 10 in shorter semester).

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2020/2021 (B0613A140010) Computer Science P English Ostrava 2 Optional study plan
2019/2020 (B0613A140010) Computer Science P English Ostrava 2 Optional study plan

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