ICT521 - IT Professional Practice
Assignment 01 Codes of Ethics/Standards of Conduct
You have been asked by your employer to help develop a Code of Ethics/Standard of Conduct for the ICT employees in your organisation. Specifically, management wishes for you to present a proposed code, based on your analysis of professional codes already existing within the ICT profession. However, you will not need to develop the whole framework for this assignment. Your group just needs to fulfil the following tasks.
Search for up to five Codes of Ethics and allocate one of the Codes of Ethics to each of the group members. If you are having difficulty locating enough Codes of Ethics for this assignment, there are a number listed in the Web Resources – Codes of Ethics section on the unit LMS site. For each of these Codes of Ethics, outline the following:
• the title/name of the code; • an overview of the key concepts espoused by the code; • the environment in which the code operates (i.e. for whom/which organisation or cultural context does the code apply); and • what you think are the best and worst aspects of the code. Submit this in a table format.
Next, as a group, you need to explain the following, with regard to the Codes of Ethics you investigated in Task 1: • What are the elements that are common across the codes? • What are the elements that are specific to each of the codes?
On the basis of what you have identified in Tasks 1 and 2, please provide the following: • List four (4) elements your group thinks must exist in any Code of Ethics that you develop for the ICT employees in the organisation and explain WHY you think this is the case. • List two (2) elements your group thinks could be optionally included in any Code of Ethics that you develop for the ICT employees in the organisation and explain WHY you think these should be included.
Using the Codes of Ethics you have investigated, and the work you have completed for Tasks 1 to 3 as a guide, outline a Code of Ethics for the ICT employees in your organisation. You should write these as a series of short ethical ‘guidelines’.
What you have to submit:
• Develop a Microsoft Word (or similar) document that includes your answers for Tasks 14. Make sure that the headings in your document specifically list which task is being answered in that section. Subheadings can be used as necessary. The key is that the document structure must be easy to follow. • The maximum word count for Tasks 2 to 4 is 1500 words (i.e. not including the Task 1 Table and References). Therefore, write using clear short sentences and/or dot points. The objective of this assignment is not to test your ability to write prose, but to allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the issues and the clarity of your thought processes. • Clear diagrams may also be used to help you explain your thinking. More marks will be allocated to diagrams you have developed yourself to explain your thinking. • If you use quotes or diagrams from other publications, you must provide attribution (e.g. the detailed reference for the diagram). • Your assignment must include a reference list. At minimum, this must include the references to the Codes of Ethics you have examined for the assignment. The preferred style of referencing is APA
A final note
Every member of the team is expected to be productive in developing the material for this assignment. This reflects the social contract within your team. If team members believe that one or more people are not doing the work required, they may report this to the unit lecturer. If the allegations prove correct, the person (or persons) who did not contribute appropriately will have their mark adjusted to reflect their level of effort.
|Name of the code||Overview of key concepts||Applicability of the code||Pros and Cons of the code|
|Authority and Responsibility||IT professionals need to use their power carefully in favor of humankind. |
IT professionals need to take full responsibility for their work.
Their action reflects their responsibility towards the job.
This code provides a balance of wisdom and power (ssl.tivia.fi, 2016)
|This code for ICT professionals is applicable to Australian Computer Society, ACM, and IEEE Computer Society (cepis.org, 2017).||The code recommends professionals to avoid misuse their power, however, a guideline about the usage of power is not mentioned in the code.|
The code, however, guides ICT professionals to use their knowledge and wisdom wisely. This stands as an advantage of this code.
|Knowledge and Experience||ICT professionals need to aware of their strengths and weaknesses.|
ICT professionals need to develop their skills according to the situation. It is not mandatory that all the skills will be taught beforehand (ec.europa.eu, 2019).
Professionals need to have profound knowledge about the nature of the information they are dealing with. Confidential and classified information has to be treated accordingly.
Professionals need to work collaboratively instead of keeping knowledge into them.
|Most of the multinational IT organizations, including Microsoft, Google follow this code. Standard technical regulatory bodies of many countries follow this code too.||A guide to the professionalism of ICT professionals is well illustrated in this code.|
However, skill developing procedure and classification of information is not stated clearly in this code.
|Attitude||A collaborative approach is preferred over the individual approach.||ACS, IEEE, TRAI India follow this code of conduct (cepis.org, 2017).||A collaborative approach is associated with transformational and democratic leadership style. For, a large organization, these styles are required.|
Sometimes, some information is required to be kept confidential, which is not guided in this code
|Communication||Professionals need to the significance of communication (communication between professionals as well as between users of the other end)|
Clear communication is required. No vague information is allowed whatsoever. Terms and conditions related to a service need to be clearly mentioned during communication (ssl.tivia.fi, 2016).
Communication can be of both written and verbal. Professionals need to perform both of these as and when required.
Professionals need to have sound knowledge about the aim and objectives related to their services, regardless of the opinions of other people.
|IEEE, OSA, and ACS apply this code (cepis.org, 2017).||Proper communication eliminates every type of shortcomings within a service delivery process.|
Sometimes, peoples’ opinions are required which is not emphasized in this code.
|Consequences of professionals’ work||Professionals need to be aware of the consequences of their service in the future.|
Professionals need to judge and assess the impact of their service on the end users (consumers) Theaustralian, 2015).
|Institute of IT Professionals New Zealand, ACS, IEE, OSA follow this code of conduct (cepis.org, 2017).||Predictability can enhance the performance of the services of IT professionals.|
Even if with the predictability, consequences cannot be avoided. No guideline is mentioned regarding this.