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Unformatted text preview: Faculty of Information Technology & Faculty of Information Science and Technology , Multimedia University Malaysia TEP1281 Ethics and Professional Conduct Lecture 4: Professional Ethics, Codes of Conduct and Moral Responsibility Session 2, 2011/2012 Faculty of Information Technology & Faculty of Information Science and Technology , Multimedia University Malaysia Contents 1. Professional Ethics 2. Do Computer/IT Professionals Have Any Special Moral Responsibilities? 3. Professional Codes of Ethics and Codes of Conduct 4. Conflicts of Professional Responsibility: Employee Loyalty and Whistle-Blowing 5. Moral Responsibility, Legal Liability and Accountability 6. Risk Assessment in the Software Development Process Faculty of Information Technology & Faculty of Information Science and Technology , Multimedia University Malaysia Professional Ethics • What is Professional Ethics? • When applied to computing and cybertechnology, professional ethics is a field of applied ethics concerned with moral issues that impact computer professionals. 1 Faculty of Information Technology & Faculty of Information Science and Technology , Multimedia University Malaysia Why a Separate Category of Professional Ethics? • The same ethical rules involving honesty, fairness, and so forth should apply to professionals as well as to ordinary individuals. • So, if it is wrong for ordinary people to steal, cheat, lie, and so forth, then it is wrong for professionals to do so as well. • So, we might conclude that a separate field of study called "professional ethics" is not really needed. 1 Faculty of Information Technology & Faculty of Information Science and Technology , Multimedia University Malaysia Separate Category of Professional Ethics (continued) • Some argue that some moral issues affecting professionals are sufficiently distinct and specialized to warrant a separate field of study. • Others argue that professionals can have special moral obligations that exceed those of ordinary individuals. • To grasp the arguments for this view, it is useful first to understand what is meant by the terms profession and professional . 1 Faculty of Information Technology & Faculty of Information Science and Technology , Multimedia University Malaysia What is a Profession? • Harris, Pritchard, and Rabins (2004) note that the term “profession” has evolved from a concept that was once associated with people professing a religious or monastic life to one that now has a more secular meaning. • “Profession” was used to describe a person who made a public promise to enter a “distinct way of life” with allegiance to “high moral ideals.” • Later, the term came to refer to anyone who “professed to be duly qualified.” • “Profession” has now come to mean an “occupation in which one professes to be skilled in and to follow.” 1 Faculty of Information Technology & Faculty of Information Science and Technology , Multimedia University Malaysia What is a Profession (continued)?What is a Profession (continued)?...
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This note was uploaded on 02/03/2012 for the course IT 1281 taught by Professor Ain during the Spring '11 term at Multimedia University, Cyberjaya.

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