They will then provide examples of exercises that can be incorporated into specific courses to educate students about these concerns.
The professionals should be aware of the various types of educational programs, different job titles and functions, and some aspects of the employment supply and demand. They should be aware of the need for each computing worker to have professional responsibility for their work, and an awareness of the importance of appropriate ethical behaviour in the group. They must also have an awareness of the impact of information technology on society as a whole and on individuals, and be prepared to handle a variety of issues arising in the workplace." (Little, J.C. and Granger, M. J., 1999)
This paper clearly states that Instruction and assessment of students' professional skills can be accomplished in senior project courses. Common learning modules for instruction of essential professional skills and rubrics for assessing the attainment of those skills can be used by both engineering and computing programs. This paper has also proposed a process by which faculty develop program learning outcomes based on the mission of the university, then develop learning and demonstration activities to determine the degree to which those outcomes are obtained. It further describes a process which uses portfolio assessment and a senior presentation and interview day to provide faculty with opportunity to assess student behaviours and capabilities. The major synergistic assessment effort would be the development of common learning activities that focus on developing and assessing students' professional skills within the senior projects course of both programs. Common modules containing instruction and assessment materials were developed to improve student mastery of professional skills and the assessment of those skills. Professionalism is defined (Little, et al 1999) as it relates to those working in computing and information technology (CIT) fields.
They acknowledge that professionals are responsible for designing and developing systems, but state that they also are responsible for the impact of their work on society and individuals. Now in the corporate world one often wonders whether the quality of each product 'exceeds expectations', 'meets expectations', or 'does not meet expectations'. If any deliverable falls below a set threshold, a course of action must be taken
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COMPUTER ETHICS IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM: CASE STUDIES AND THE JOINT SOFTWARE ENGINEER'S CODE
Dr. Don Gotterbarn. Eastern Tennessee State University. Dept. of Computer Science