by Jeffrey Anderson
At the conclusion of the module, students should be able to:
make distinctions between legal and ethical standards.
recognize the need for ethical considerations in the course of business decision making.
explain various theories used to characterize the nature of ethical dilemmas.
identify important ethical issues that occur with information systems and methods for dealing with them.
recognize the importance major concerns of a professional code of conduct
Timing and Duration
The MIS 202 Ethics module will last for two 2-hour class periods and occur in the first half of the academic quarter.
Ethics Exercise – students will be divided into small groups (4-6) to discuss some ethical issue which has no clear-cut correct answer. Students will be forced to make some type of choice and justify their decision in ethical terms. The class will discuss and critique each group’s decision .
Lecture on Ethical Principles – The instructor will describe in a lecture format the major ethical theories including Utilitarianism, Deontological Ethics, and Moral Ethics. Additional topics will include storage and use of information; discussion of prudential vs. ethical concerns, intellectual property, and professional codes of conduct. Students will be given supporting resources (internet or print) outlining these principles.
Debate – students will be assigned opposing roles on critical ethical issues (eg. abortion, capital punishment, privacy vs. security) and argue a position.
Tests – students will be given objective test questions on ethical theories
Case Studies – students will submit critical written analysis of contemporary ethical issues relative to information technology.