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BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT: Educational Affiliate

Main contact: http://www.bcs.org/
Membership: http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=nav.10530

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, promotes wider social and economic progress through the advancement of information technology science and practice.

It brings together industry, academics, practitioners and government to share knowledge, promote new thinking, inform the design of new curricula, shape public policy and inform the public.

As the professional membership and accreditation body for IT, BCS serves members including practitioners, businesses, academics and students, in the UK and internationally. It delivers a range of professional development tools for practitioners and employees.

You might like to view a Powerpoint presentation about the advantages of being a member of the BCS.

Membership

The MSc in Information Technology course is accredited by the BCS as partially meeting the educational requirements for Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP) registration. CITP is the professional member level of the BCS. ("partially meeting" is the normal level of accreditation for such MSc courses, and does not indicate a shortcoming! Additional training/experience is required for full registration.)

(Note: This is my interpretation of the exemptions that were granted following an Accreditation Visit by the BCS in 2010. It applies to the six course intake years 2010-2015. Precise details should be obtained from the BCS here.)

The BCS Code of Conduct

Brief summary of the code of conduct:

Computing professionals should be expected to show the same standards of competence, conduct and accountability as other professions, such as doctors, lawyers, etc.

Professional societies maintain these standards by:

  • setting standards of technical capability for membership,
  • prescribing standards of conduct, to which members are held accountable.

BCS Bye-law 18 requires that: "Every member of the Society shall exercise his professional skill and judgement to the best of his ability and discharge his professional responsibilities with integrity."

To help the practitioner, the BCS has established a Code of Conduct. The provisions are wide-ranging, including:

The Public Interest:
safeguarding public health and safety, and the environment; complying with the law; respecting human rights.
Duty to Employers and Clients:
not taking bribes; not disclosing confidential information; not taking advantage of the lack of knowledge or inexperience of others; endeavouring to avoid conflict with The Public Interest.
Duty to the Profession:
upholding its reputation; advancing public knowledge and understanding; encouraging the professional development of others; not making public statements unless properly qualified.
Professional Competence and Integrity:
keeping up-to-date; only working within competence; accepting responsibility for actions.

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