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PE_Assignment1_Set X – May 2018
Program: Professional Year ProgramCourse: Assignment: 1Topic: Available: Due: Professional EnvironmentsEthics, Professionalism and GovernanceWeek 3 openWeek 4 close (Saturday midnight AEST)
Read the 3 Case Studies below and select ONE as the basis of your analysis and discussion.Please indicate clearly which Case Study you have chosenCase Study 1John, A statistical database programmer, is trying to write a large statistical program needed by hiscompany. Programmers in this company are encouraged to write their own work and to publishtheir algorithms in professional journals. After months of tedious programming, John has foundhimself stuck on several parts of the program. His manager, not recognising the complexity of theproblem, wants the job completed in the next few days. Not knowing how to solve the problems,John remembers that a co-worker had given him source listings from his current work and from anearlier version of a commercial software package developed by another company. On studyingthese programs, he sees two areas of code which could be directly incorporated into his ownprogram. He uses segments of code from both his co-worker and the commercial software, but doesnot tell anyone or mention it in the documentation. He completes the project and turns it in a dayahead of time.Briefly discuss the dilemma for John. Show your utilisation of either Thomas White or ChrisMacDonald’s methodology to demonstrate how John might analyse and resolve the dilemma.Provide a recommendation of what actions John should have taken.Include in your answer those clauses from the ACS code of Ethics and ACS code of ProfessionalConduct that are relevant and briefly explain why. Refer also to any relevant legislation with anexplanation of how it relates.Case Study 4Brenda has been asked to observe how junior management are using new accounting software at aleading city accounting firm. As part of informed consent, staff are informed that they will remainanonymous. During her observations, Brenda notices that many of the junior management staff aremaking a particular data entry error when using the software. These errors are causing thePE_Assignment1_Set X – May 2018accounting firm to lose profit. Company policy dictates clearly that worker salaries will be dockedfor clear mistakes leading to the loss of company profit. How does Brenda handle this situation?Briefly discuss the dilemma for Brenda. Show your utilisation of either Thomas White or ChrisMacDonald’s methodology to demonstrate how Brenda might analyse and resolve the dilemma.Provide a recommendation of what actions Brenda should initiate and to whom she needs tocommunicate throughout the process.Include in your answer those clauses from the ACS code of Ethics and ACS code of ProfessionalConduct that are relevant and briefly explain why. Refer also to any relevant legislation with anexplanation of how it relates.Case Study 7Ruby is a public servant. She is a web developer within a department of a state government. Rubyhas been given responsibility for developing a tourism website by the IT Manager Jaspreet. Rubyadds various links to news services to enliven this government webpage. These links include globalnews channels.It is later found that those sites sometimes provide news on court cases which are currently undersuppression order here in Australia as they are in process. When noticed this causes hugeembarrassment to the government department.Jaspreet, the IT manager of the department had not seen the website before it went live but even ifhe had it is unlikely that he would have noticed and tested every link. In any case the links were notproblematic until a local court case gave rise to a publication suppression order.Jaspreet now needs to determine who should take responsibility and what actions should be takenabout the event. He needs to prevent recurrence of this type of problem.Briefly discuss the dilemma for Jaspreet. Show your utilisation of either Thomas White or ChrisMacDonald’s methodology to demonstrate how Jaspreet might analyse and resolve the dilemma.Provide a recommendation of what actions Jaspreet should initiate and to whom he needs tocommunicate throughout the process.Include in your answer those clauses from the ACS code of Ethics and ACS code of ProfessionalConduct that are relevant and briefly explain why. Refer also to any relevant legislation with anexplanation of how it relates.PE_Assignment1_Set X – May 2018Assignment TaskFrom what you have learned during Week s 3 and 4 of your Professional Environments Course,discuss ethical, professional and legal issues which you consider arise from this scenario. Make somerecommendations of actions which could be taken to resolve the situation and/or to minimise thechance the scenario may recur. Support your answers with relevant references (as well as the Codesand Laws).Things to Consider in Your Assignment:• You should list at least 3 values from the ACS Code of Ethics and up to 5 clauses from theACS Code of Professional Conduct, you think are specifically relevant in deciding how toresolve the situation. Make sure that you refer to the most up to date ACS Codes which areavailable on the ACS website – www.acs.org.au.• You should also list any relevant Australian legislation that you think applies to this scenario.• Your analysis, discussion and recommendations should use the framework you selected inWeek 3 – Solving an Ethical Dilemma.Your assignment should be 500 – 800 words in length (excluding your code lists, legislation list andreferences).You may need to undertake a small amount of research, however, most information you will need isavailable via the seminars and their references. Also,• use a cover page – as per the suggested template,• use in‐text referencing,• use complete Harvard Notation, submit in “Word” format or equivalent format that can bereadily opened in MS Word, keep your formatting simple: Arial 11pt, 10pt after paragraph,single line spacing, headings in bold, maximum 2 indent levels/bullet levels. Do not use pageborders, word art, page backgrounds or similar extraneous decoration• Your uploaded file name should identify you as part of its name – e.g.PE_Assignment1_William_Smith.Marking GuideMarks will be awarded using the following guidelines.• 15% meeting the procedural requirements, including, spelling, grammar, number of words,document formatting,• 30% how logically and thoroughly you identified and described professional ,ethical andlegal issues arising in the scenario,• 30% how well you developed your recommendations and supported them with relevant,correct referencing,• 20% how well you convinced the reader that you understood the issues,• 5% did the material generate interest in the reader?
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