Understanding the Practical & Legal Aspects of Information Technology (IT) & Computing

Marketing Institute of Singapore - Executive Development

Course introduction

This course will explain the key legal & practical issues affecting the IT industry. Ignorance of the law is not a privilege. It is a misfortune. Topics will include introduction to the Singapore Legal system, intellectual property rights, computer crime, computer contracts and negligence, privacy issues, defamation, liability and data protection. Realistic scenarios & case-studies will be presented to apply the legal principles from the real world. It is important to consider the IT and computing issues from a professional, legal and ethical viewpoints.

  • Understanding IT and computing issues in the context of legalframework
  • Introduce key concepts of the Singapore Legal System, such as the difference between criminal and civil law
  • Learning the key legislation and case law relevant to the IT and computingindustries

Target Audience

This course is useful to various personnel in a company – Project Director, Project Manager, Executives and any professionals in the IT / Computing industry.

Course Outline

Introduction to Singapore Legal System

  • How laws are made
  • Common law and Statutory laws
Concepts of Privacy
  • Data Protection
  • PDPA
  • Douglas & Campbell cases
Computer Crime
  • Computer Misuse Act
Intellectual Property Rights
  • Copyright laws
  • What subject matter is copyrighted
  • Infringement of Copyrights
  • Remedies for infringing copyrights
  • Differences between libel & slander
  • Remedies & Damages
Computer Contracts
  • Elements of contract
  • Breach of contract
  • Misrepresentation
  • Duress and undue influence
  • E-contracts and e-commerce
  • Electronic Transactions Act
  • Defective software and hardware
  • Tort of negligence
  • Consumer Protection Act
  • Acting professionally and ethically

Available Course Sessions

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Trainer Profile

Prof Catherine Tay Swee Kian

Prof Catherine Tay Swee Kian is an Associate Professorial Fellow lecturing law at the National University of Singapore, Department of Strategy and Policy (NUS Business School). She is also an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and an author of several law books. She is Associate Director of Bernard & Rada Law Corp.

Prof Tay studied law at Queen Mary College, University of London and graduated with a Master of Laws, in which she specialised in Company, Shipping, Insurance and Marine Insurance Laws. She did her pupillage under the Honourable Lady Mary Hogg in London and returned to Singapore in the law firm of Rodyk & Davidson.

She was on the Board of Overseas Editors for the (United Kingdom) Journal of Financial Crime, an official publication of the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime. She has presented papers at many conferences and seminars on Business Law, Medical Law, Company and Insolvency Laws both overseas and in Singapore. Prof Tay is an examiner on law subjects for a number of professional bodies in Singapore and overseas. She conducts in-house seminars for hospitals, banks, statutory boards, hotels, commercial firms and companies, clubs and associations.