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Embedding an Ethics Component in an Undergraduate Senior Project Class

Embedding an Ethics Component in an Undergraduate Senior Project Class
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Author(s): Theresa A. Steinbach (DePaul University, USA) and Linda V. Knight (DePaul University, USA)
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 4
Source title: Innovations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-261-9.ch060
ISBN13: 9781616921255
EISBN13: 9781466665347

Abstract

Technology-related ethics is a well-established requirement in Information Systems and Computer Science model curricula. However, exactly where and how these principles and skills should be taught is an open issue. This paper extends Cougar’s use of scenarios in which the student must decide what he or she will do in an ethical situation to include the concept of creating an ethical team norm. It also broadens the scope of Martin’s call to inject ethical issues throughout the different stages of the software development cycle in a project-driven capstone course with the inclusion of project management. The course requirement to deliver an information system while following a development methodology by the end of the quarter gave the students an opportunity to practice project management skills in a “live” environment. This paper discusses one university’s success in using a framework that incorporates ethics into a team-based, project-driven senior capstone class.

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