This assessment item relates to the unit learning outcomes as in the unit descriptor. This assessment the following LOs:
LO1: Explain the theory and strategies for maintaining professional relationships with different stakeholder groups and identify the range of issues in IT code of practice.
LO2: Interpret and critically reflect on the Australian Computer Society Code of Ethics.
Task: Research and Write a Business Report that Addresses the Question:
‘How Ethical are Major Internet Companies?’
Write a Business report with the following report headings and content:
o Briefly describe that you are going to report on the ethical standards and actions
of the following major internet companies: ▪ Google
▪ Microsoft ▪ Apple
o You will do this by conducting a short survey, locating and summarizing the company’s Ethical and/or Code of Conduct policies, comparing their ethical policies with their actions, and drawing some conclusions about their ethical behaviour.
• ‘What do People Think?’
o Survey 10 people and ask: How ethical do you think each of the following
o Ratetheanswersfrom1-10(totallyunethicaltocompletelyethical) o Report the average result for each company in a table
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ITSU1003 Assignment 1
• ‘Ethical/Code of Conduct Policies’
o Suggestion: Search <company name> ethics policy or code of conduct
o Write a brief summary of the policy
o Briefly describe how each compare to the policy statements of the others?
Longest/shortest, easiest to read/full of air, strongest stand/weakest, etc. • ‘Ethical Behaviour’
Locate and briefly describe any reports of unethical conduct by the companies (maximum 3).
• ‘Australian Tax’
o Locate reports of the tax paid in Australia by the companies o Do these companies pay a fair share of tax in Australia?
o Are the companies as ethical as they claim?
o Are some companies better than others?
o Do you have any recommendations for better ethical behaviour?
▪ A4 Sized pages
▪ Printed on one side
▪ 2.54 (1’) Margins all around
▪ Times New Roman or Calibri font
▪ Major Headings 14pt Bold, Minor Headings 12pt Bold, body text 12pt ▪ Spell checked, correct English usage
▪ A blank line between paragraphs
▪ File in PDF format
▪ Length: 1000 – 1500 words
- ▪ Do not use academic referencing. A business report does not use referencing.
- ▪ To indicate where the information in your report comes from, use URLs (internet
address) in the text E.G.
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