No later than
(earlier if possible) Midnight of Friday 24 April 2020, (week 8), Weight: 40%
As an IT professional, from time to time you will face ethical conflicts
in the workplace, this case study will enable you to practise analysing a
situation and making an ethical decision.
You are to construct a written
analysis (3410ICT 2000 words; 7101ICT 2500 words) which identifies
and characterises all ethical factors from a given case study. Ethical factors
will come from the different points of view of the main characters. As you
analyse the factors you will refer to theory, particularly Normative Ethical
Theories. These factors are then to be prioritised, according to the Ethical
Decision Model, from most important to least important. You are then required
to present an evidence-based decision for the ethical course of action
for the characters and give a discussion of
related theory to explain your choice of prioritisation and your decision.
o For 3410ICT Assignment 1, use this
template: 3410ICT Assignment 1 Template.docx 3410ICT Assignment 1 Template.docx -
o For 7101ICT Assignment 1, use this template: 7101ICT Assignment 1 Template.docx 7101ICT Assignment 1 Template.docx -
Do Scenarios 1.1
and 1.2 for this assignment.
When analyzing the
case, put yourself in the position of each character to iidentify as many
ethical issues as you can using the EDM, in-depth analysis will find
subtle issues. Some issues are applicable to a few categories (legal, professional,
employment etc) you should list them in multiple categories. List everything
that you can see, you can report an issue twice by treating it as a separate
issue and looking at it through the lens of the different category. If
appropriate, include information about acquired factors from family, religious
communities, peers, etc. If appropriate, include information about personal
attributes contributing to morality
When giving your
decision, your reasoning should be made clear (show how you arrived at the
decision, don't just present the decision).
In making your
decision you might consider:
this solution in accord with what is natural?
this solution balanced between an approach that might be excessive on the one
hand and deficient on the other?
there be majority agreement that is solution is the most efficient means to the
it produce the greatest good for the greatest number of people?
this solution the one you feel most committed to in your own conscience,
regardless of whether or not it benefits you personally?
only from the course text are satisfactory, from other sources is also useful
however, referencing legal texts is not needed.
can be plus or minus 10% of the required length without
penalty. Word count is calculated from the beginning of
the Introduction to the end of the Conclusion. The table of contents, and
references are not included in the count. You should not quote from the case
exemplars from previous years and different cases will assist you in better
understanding the task. (Link below).
assignment revolves around working out what to do in a situation where there is
no simple solution. There is inherent ambiguity in ethical analysis and so there
is no 1 right solution to this complex case. Your solution can be whatever you
think is the best course of action for the situation, but you need to back it
up with a rational, logical, reason based on evidence. You need to say “I would
do this… because 1, 2, 3, 4… Different solutions can achieve a High