Ethics and discussion | Computer Science homework help


This is the second of a series of five assignments focusing on software engineering ethics.

Read the attached Ethics-II.pdf Download Ethics-II.pdfwhich continues the discussion on what Ethics mean  in the context of software engineering.

Then proceed to answer the questions inside the reading:

  • Questions 2.1 and 2.2
  • Questions 3.1 and 3.2
  • Question 4.1

Because for many ethics questions there is no absolutely right or wrong answers as such, your responses will be graded based on completeness and thoughtfulness as opposed to rote or perfunctory ones. There are three grade levels for this assignment based on your responses to all the questions: 20 (no reasoning in responses), 35 (minimal to little reasoning), and 50 (sufficient reasoning and consideration).

Write your answers in a Word file using Times New Roman font (no smaller than 10 pt but no bigger than 12 pt), single spacing, 1″ margins on all sides. At least 3 pages 

 Question 2.1: What sorts of things can excellent software engineers contribute to the good life? (Answer as fully/in as many ways as you are able) 

Question 2.2: What kinds of character traits, qualities, behaviors and/or habits do you think mark the kinds of people who tend to contribute most in these ways? (Answer as fully/in as many ways as you are able) 

 Question 3.1: Who are the various stakeholders in this scenario, and what do they each have at stake in your action? Reflect carefully and deeply, and answer as fully as possible.

Question 3.2: What do you think is your ethical obligation in this situation? What do you think an excellent software engineer would do in this situation? Are they the same thing, or different? Please explain your answer. 

 Question 4.1: Which of the contributions in your answer to 2.1 are related to vital public good(s)? What vital public goods might software engineers help to secure that you did not mention in your initial answer to 2.1? 


M4 Discussion 1

Read the attached article: “The Mythical Man-Month Download The Mythical Man-Month“, by Frederick Brooks, extracts from The Mythical Man Month book, 1975.

1. Tell us something about what you learn from this article. Your posting should contain at least 100 words;
2. Provide constructive comment on at least one other student’s posting. “Agree”, “good” etc. are not counted as constructive commenting.


M4 Discussion 2

Find at least two credible sources to study the recent VW Diesel Scandal and read what this topic is about and what the latest development is.

1. Discuss your understanding of this case from the software engineering ethics viewpoint. Consider including in your post on your thoughts related to questions such as

  • What VW software engineers should have done to in order contribute to the good life for others in this case;
  • Who are the public’ to who the VW software engneers is obligated;
  • Why the software engineers is obligated to protect the public and
  • how VW software engineers failed in this case.

Your posting should contain at least 100 words;

2. List the two sources used in your research at the end of your post;

3. Provide constructive comment on at least one other student’s posting. “Agree”, “good” etc. are not counted as constructive commenting.

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