PMC220 - Contract Law, Ethics and IT Professionalism

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Subject Title
Contract Law, Ethics and IT Professionalism

Subject Description
Students learn the purpose and content of each type of contract that an IT project manager might encounter. They learn how to ensure legality of acquisition, outsourcing and ownership, and techniques for understanding contractual obligations involved in IT projects. Ethics and professionalism in dealing with stakeholders, staff and third parties are discussed.

Credit Status
1 credit in the PMC program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  •     Identify and explain types of contracts in IT
  •     Analyze various types of contracts identifying their strengths and weaknesses
  •     Create a contract based on a case study
  •     Identify, analyze, and explain issues of privacy, security and ethics as they affect and are affected by the use of Information Technology in the workplace and in daily life
  •     Design, organize, and implement strategies for best ethical practices within an organization as they relate to the use of Information Technology
  •     Understand software licensing, misuse and piracy
  •     Understand issues of copyright and ownership of custom software
  •     Understand confidentiality issues
  •     Understand liability issues
  •     Identify outsourcing and cloud services issues
  •     Understand software professional certifications

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.