Objectives: This assignment allows each student to
research personal ethics statements or published codes-ofethics
statements and develop a personal ethics statement or
code-of-ethics for themself.
Each student is required to research five (5) published
codes-of-ethics and to develop a personal ethics
statement or code-of-ethics.
REQUIRED PAPER FORMAT:
Introduction: Provide an introduction to your paper.
Section 1: Select five (5) different published
code-of-ethic statements and summarize the characteristics shown
below for each one. You may choose a combination of
professional clubs or groups (for example: the ACM),
professional groups (i.e. AMA – American Medical
Association, APA – American Psychological Association,
IEEE, etc.) or corporate level codes-of-ethics. Each
code-of-ethics statement should be summarized in a
separate sub-section in Section 1 of your paper. You MUST
cite your references. (See pages 2-3)
Your paper should include 5 Summaries (1 for each Code of
Ethics) in Section 1 using the following
1. The author or managing group or organization responsible
for the contents of the code.
2. The date(s) the code was originally published and/or
updated (if available)
3. The group targeted by the code, i.e. professional group,
personal, community group, etc.
4. The main points or categories covered by the code.
5. The consequences for breaking the code, if any.
6. An evaluation of the strong and weak points of the code,
in your opinion.
Section 2: Develop your own personal ethics statement
or code of ethics using your research from Section 1 as
a guide. Include at least ten (10) guiding principles in
your statement or code.
Conclusion: Include a conclusion for your paper.
Bibliography: Include a bibliography of all references used
in your paper using the guidelines shown on pages
2 and 3 of this document posted to Blackboard.
Your papers will be graded for content and for proper
Center if you have any questions or concerns about English
grammar or your paper format.
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Helpful Sites and References:
How to Write a Personal Ethics Statement:
Wikipedia has links to several examples of codes of ethics:
It is important that all of the source materials you use in
your paper are properly referenced. Not only does this
lend credibility to your paper, but it also avoids the possibility
of assumed plagiarism. While there are different
style guides to follow, the differences between these style
guides are not as important as the practice of
referencing itself. The following are some basic rules for
when to reference:
Direct quotations from written material should always be
referenced, whether they are an entire
paragraph or just part of a sentence. Numbers and figures
should also be referenced so that their source
can be verified.
Quotations from a personal interview should always be
referenced. Use quotation marks when quoting
directly. Don's use quotation marks when paraphrasing or
summarizing what the person interviewed
Even if you do not directly quote materials from a written
source or a personal interview, you should
still reference them if you use ideas from other sources.
(For example, have you noticed how people
tend to talk about Einstein's Theory of Relativity?) It's
better to err on the side of caution here.
The Internet is a valid source for material. However,
since the material on the Internet changes rapidly,
indicate when you found the material.
All sources are listed alphabetically by the last name of
the first author. If you reference multiple sources
by the same author, list them in chronological order, with
the earlier sources listed first.
Essentially, using other people's work without attributing
it to them is plagiarism. Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.
Here is how you would cite an article in a magazine,
newspaper, or journal:
Bugglesworth, T.R. (2002). Decision Support for
Beginners. Superb Systems Journal, vol. 6, no. 4, pp.
The idea is to be as complete as possible. Include the year
of publication (2003), underline the publication's
name, followed by the volume (6) and the issue (4). If the
magazine or newspaper does not have volume and
issue numbers, include the date (such as "March
15"). Finally, include the page numbers of the article. An
article that covers only a single page is referenced using
only a single "p" (p. 415). Use "pp" when the article
covers multiple pages, even if some of the pages inbetween
are not part of the article, such as advertisements.
Here is how you would reference a book: (Looks familiar,
Baase, S. (2008). A Gift of Fire. Third Edition. Upper
Saddle River, NJ. Pearson Prentice Hall.
Key here is to include the edition number - if available -
and the publisher, including it's main location
(allowing you to tell similarly named publishers apart).
Interviews require you to identify the person you talked to,
their position or job title (if appropriate), and the
date the interview took place. An interview reference would
look like this:
Smith, M. Chief Executive Officer, Second Data Corporation.
Personal interview. July 10, 2009.
For an Internet resource, no single citation standard has
yet been established. Common sense helps out: be as complete in your reference
as possible. A proper way of referencing it is by using its Universal Resource
Locator (required) and its author, title, and publication date (if available -
especially for on-line newsletters and magazines), as well as the date you
found it on the Internet (given that Internet contents change frequently). A
complete citation would look like this:
Smith, J. (2002) Information Systems Usage. Internet
Resource. URL: http://abc.edu/infoarch.html Posted: January 26, 2002. Accessed:
August 5, 2005.
When using materials from the Internet, carefully consider
the credibility of your source. Here is an example of what might happen if you
Referencing sources in your text:
When using these sources in the text of your paper, you
would usually refer to them by first author:
When a source has two authors, name them both:
(Laurel & Hardy, 1999)
When a source has more than two authors, use only the first
author and indicate that there are more:
(Jones et al., 2003)
When using a source from a book, it would be helpful to
include the page number where the quote or idea appeared:
(Brown, 2001, pp. 12-13)
Some useful links with further information:
APA Style Documentation
Beyond the MLA Handbook: Documenting Electronic Sources on