10: Introduction 10 / 10
50: 5-Ethics Statements: (10 Points Each:
-40: Only 1 ethics statement reviewed
(1 – Author; 1 – Date (if available); 1 – Group; 2 – Main Points;
2 – Consequences; 3 – Strong/weak Points)
Statement 1: 10 / 10
Statement 2: 0 / 10
Statement 3: 0 / 10
Statement 4: 0 / 10
Statement 5: 0 / 10
15: Personal Statement: 15 / 15
10: Bibliography and Citations: 10 / 10
10: Overall English Grammar and Paper Format: 10 / 10
5: Conclusion 5 / 5
Total Score: 60 / 100
You may complete this assignment by reviewing 4 additional codes-of-ethics as required and resubmit your paper by tomorrow night Nov 4th.
I have a chance to revise. Can you revise it? Thanks!
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 grammar.
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, doesn’t it?)
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 do not.
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 the Internet