APP DATA 1010 - Ethics and Data Management I

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

The course develops a framework to understand the ethical issues of collecting and managing data sets. We examine how data are ethically used in society, and the impact of unethical practice. The course covers aspects of data ownership, privacy, anonymity, validity and fairness. The FAIR Data Principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) are introduced as a management strategy for thinking about sharing data in a way that will enable maximum use and reuse.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code APP DATA 1010
    Course Ethics and Data Management I
    Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible APP DATA 7010
    Course Description The course develops a framework to understand the ethical issues of collecting and managing data sets. We examine how data are ethically used in society, and the impact of unethical practice. The course covers aspects of data ownership, privacy, anonymity, validity and fairness. The FAIR Data Principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) are introduced as a management strategy for thinking about sharing data in a way that will enable maximum use and reuse.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Graham Heinson

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1 Aware of the ethical issues of collecting and managing data sets
    2 Understand how data can be used in an ethical ways to make decisions
    3 Aware of basic tenets of data management, including the FAIR Data Principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable)
    4 Investigate discipline-based data-analytic issues that have major ethical implications
    5 Develop communication skills using blogs, web-pages, embedded videos and podcasts
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Made by Humans: The AI Condition, by Ellen Broad, Melbourne University Press
    Recommended Resources
    Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, Cathy O'Neill, 2016, Crown Publishing Group (NY)

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course consists of:
    • Up to 1 hour lecture per week
    • 4 hour workshop per week

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision)
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1: What are data ethics?
    Week 2: Data ownership
    Week 3: Privacy
    Week 4: Anonymity
    Week 5: Validity
    Week 6: Fairness
    Week 7: Social consequences
    Week 8: FAIR data management principles
    Week 9-12: Individual project and interview (3 workshops)
    Week 13: Presentations and interviews

    Specific Course Requirements
    Attendance at all workshops is compulsory
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type
    Percentage of total
    assessment for grading purposes

    Hurdle (Yes/No) Learning Outcome

    Approximate timing of

    (week of teaching period
    Workshop report 1
    (weeks 1-2)
    Formative & Summative 11% N 1,2,5 Week 3
    Workshop report 2 (weeks 3-4) Formative & Summative 11% N 1,2,5 Week 5
    Workshop report 3 (weeks 5-6) Formative & Summative 11% N 1,2,5 Week 7
    Workshop report 4 (weeks 7-8)  Formative & Summative 11% N
    Week 9
    Major project  (weeks 9-12)
    presentation, report
    Formative & Summative 38% N 1,4,5 Week 13
    Quizzes Formative & Summative 18% N 1,2,5 Weeks 2,3,4,5,6,7
    Assessment Detail
    Workshop Reports 44% (4 reports X 11%)
    Reports 1 to 4 are undertaken individually and are designed to introduce students to concepts of data ethics.  Students will undertake research and develop a short report in various formats.

    Project 38% (30% on report, 8% on interview)
    The project is a larger exercise involving research and critical analysis of a major discipline-based data-ethics issue.  The students will produce a significant report and present their outcomes in an online interview.  

    Quizzes 18%
    Six online quizzes, with a mixture of mulitple choice and short answer questions.
    Submission of Assigned Work
    Instructions on submission of work will be available on MyUn

    Extensions for Assessment Tasks

    Extensions of deadlines for assessment tasks may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a supplementary examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Students are required to apply for an extension to the Course Co-ordinator before the assessment task is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time.
    The assessment extension application form can be obtained from:

    Late submission of assessments
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply.  A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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