Ethics for Software Developers 

In today's world, almost everything that we do relies on software. Software that is badly written, unethically designed, or poorly tested has serious consequences. It is time that programmers subscribe to a code of ethics that governs what they do and how they do it. This seminar covers the importance of ethics, and the behaviour that we should demand of every one involved in software development. Delegates are encouraged to debate and discuss the issues.

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R. Hans, TUT   (Lecturer: Jacqui)

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Audience: Is This The Right Course For Me?

You should attend the Ethics for Software Developers seminar if you are involved in software development in any way: as an analyst, designer, developer, tester or manager.

Prerequisites: Am I Ready For The Course?

There are no prerequisites for this course, but you will benefit most if you have some coding experience or have worked with developers on IT projects.

Please check that you meet the prerequisites for this course before you attend. Read the importance of course prerequisites to understand why this is necessary.

If you are not sure which is the right course for you, please call us. We will be happy to advise you, based on your training goals and your experience.

Objectives: What Will I Learn?

After you have completed this workshop, you will:

  • Understand the need for a code of ethics in software development.
  • Understand the concept of harmful code and the public good.
  • Understand what ethical behaviour means for you as an individual programmer.
  • Understand what ethical behaviour means for you as a team member.
  • Understand that quality is an ethical choice.

Download the Ethics for Software Developers course contents in PDF format

Technical Contents: What Does The Course Cover?

Why Ethics Matter
  • The power of the programmer.
  • The responsibility of the programmer.
  • The consequences of unethical coding.
Codes of Ethics
  • The ACM / IEE Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.
  • The 9 promises of the Programmers Oath.
  • Legal considerations.
The Ethics of the Public Good
  • Promise 1 of the Programmers Oath.
  • Code that is harmful to users, the public and other developers.
  • User privacy and security.
  • Social media and broader concerns.
  • Software and the law.
  • The POPI Act.
The Ethics of the Individual Programmer
  • Acknowledging personal responsibility.
  • Commitment to quality work.
  • Integrity and independence.
  • Improving personal productivity.
  • Continual code improvement.
  • Life-long learning.
The Ethics of the Team
  • Estimates, promises and deadlines.
  • Contributing to team productivity.
  • Knowledge sharing and support.
The Ethics of Quality
  • Importance of coding standards and processes.
  • Components of a coding standard.
  • Code and documentation reviews.
  • Version control.
  • Testing and proof of correctness.
  • Why documentation matters.

Testimonials: What Other Delegates Say About This Course

"Best work has been done"

C. Thiba, TUT   (Lecturer: Jacqui)

"Great course!"

R. Hans, TUT   (Lecturer: Jacqui)

Price: R2,900.00 excluding VAT per delegate.

This price includes everything that you need:

  • All course material, provided in an electronic format.
  • An attendance certificate after the course, in PDF format.
  • A voucher to re-attend the course for a minimal fee within 6 months.

All you have to bring to the course is the desire to learn.

To support the economy during the pandemic, we have not increased prices in 2021.

Duration: 1 day. Courses are presented from 08:30 to 16:30.
Location: Due to COVID-19, all courses will be presented virtually.
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