essay about professional it practice and ethics

 Professional it practice and ethics – Essay

2000 words



Complete an essay discussing ethical theories and their relevance to the ICT industry. In the essay, consider ‘rights’ vs ‘virtue’, ‘relativist’ vs ‘objectivist’ and ‘consequentialist’ vs ’deontology’ and how they relate to professional codes of ethics and practice (eg. ACS, ACM, or IEEE Computing). You should make sure to discuss how they would assist with resolving an ethical question. 


Make sure to 1. Describe each theory. 2. Compare and contrast theories. 3. Clearly state a professional code of ethics. 4. Comment on the connection between the code and the theories.


You must use the Harvard technique to cite your references within the essay.


You are to present a 5 minute discussion of your paper to the class.


Your essay must include:


Assignment Cover Page: (Use the cover sheet provided. Include the Title, Assignment number, Student Name and Number, Subject)


Introduction: (Introduction to the topic, a statement of the purpose of the paper and a brief description of the paper’s structure.)


Body: (Discuss, compare and/or contrast different perspectives, present arguments supporting the purpose of the paper)


Conclusion: (A summary of the points you have made in the body of the paper. These should match your stated purpose.)


References/ Bibliography


The footer must include your name, student ID, and page number.


The paper will need to be 2000 words to cover the topic.


Marking criteria






Very Good



i)    Refs provided on time – week 3  (2)

ii)   Draft outline week – week 5  (3)







Report has an identified purpose

i)    States the purpose of the report; (3)

ii)  Describes the report structure. (2)







Body of report

i)      Identifies and defines the major theories (5)

ii)    Presents a well-structured description of each theory (10)

iii)  Identifies & describes one or more Prof. Code (5)

iv)  Paper addresses theories vs code  (10)














References & Grammar

i)    Citations are used and  indicated correctly (Harvard); (5)

ii)  Grammatical expression is satisfactory. (5)







Turnitin Score: 

Gross Result:


Turnitin adjustment 

(the deductions below are a guideline only, each situation needs separate evaluation by the lecturer)

i)    No significant matches (No reduction)

ii)  Match score between 15 and 20   (-5 marks)

iii)Match score >= 20 with significant unreferenced matches or large ‘matching’ sections (-15)

iv)Not submitted to Turnitin (-20 marks)


Late submission deduction



Total Result 

(Max 50)




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