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COLB12-110: Trust, Privacy, Law and Ethics in the Digital Age May 2022 [Standard]

General information

The transformation of business, government and culture to digital processes and virtual spaces creates new business and governance opportunities and introduces a range of new risks.  This subject introduces a range of trust, privacy, ethics and governance challenges arising from digital practices, including legal and ethical considerations relevant to the spread of technology and its concomitant effects on the collection, storage and use of information. Using a transdisciplinary, case-based approach, students will analyse significant controversies from a range of disciplines whilst applying a multi-disciplinary perspective. Topics to be canvassed may evolve as the law develops and, in light of what is topical at any given time, may include the legal and ethical issues surrounding such matters as: data privacy, and the collection, processing and use of personal data; the protection of intellectual property rights in areas such as computer programs, new inventions and designs through patent, copyright, and design protection; cybersecurity and cybercrime; issues surrounding the rise of algorithms, including through blockchain/distributed ledger technology; the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning; and the potential liability of social networks over the spread of sensitive or inaccurate information.  This subject prepares students not just to understand where the legal ramifications of an organisations’ digital practices may lie, but more broadly to assist organisations in producing strategies and solutions for effective economic, political and social processes.


Academic unit:Transformation CoLab
Subject code:COLB12-110
Subject title:Trust, Privacy, Law and Ethics in the Digital Age
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:May 2022
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

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  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Seminar Class 1
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Seminar Class 2
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Personal Study Hours


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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Explain the role of ethics and trust in the digital society.
  2. Identify the range of legal issues relevant to an organisation’s practices with regard to personal data and privacy.
  3. Describe the various ways that the law protects new creations.
  4. Identify and discuss emerging legal and ethical issues in the digital landscape.
  5. Critically analyse an existing or hypothetical problem arising from a range of topics and evaluate potential courses of conduct in light of relevant legal and ethical principles.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Problem-based Learning Case studies 20% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Analysis Research report 30% Week 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Written Report Product stakeholder identification 10% Week 8 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Design Project Product risks and responses 30% Week 12 2, 3, 4, 5.
Presentation In-class presentation of product risk management 10% Week 12 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

The University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

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Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Relations between the state, the corporation and the individual. Why does trust and confidence matter?


Who regulates? Who is regulated? How do we regulate, and what are the consequences of non-compliance?

1, 4.

Law and ethics of sharing and shielding information

1, 2, 4.

Law and ethics of restricting access to new innovations

1, 3, 4.

How does the introduction of computer technology affect policy formation? How should we respond? How 'novel' are the problems really?

1, 3, 4.

Globalised technologies and comparing localised and globalised policy responses.

1, 4.

Methods of, and applications for, non-human decision-making

1, 2, 4, 5.

Global access to new and emerging technologies - opportunities and challenges

1, 2, 4, 5.

If it happened online did it really happen? Money laundering, drug smuggling, and criminal activity in the digital space

1, 2, 4, 5.

As connectivity becomes ubiquitous, have we got the balance between surveillance, security, and privacy right?

1, 2, 4, 5.
Approved on: Mar 21, 2022. Edition: 1.4