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OBJECTIVE(S)
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.
INSTRUCTIONS

Task: Research and Write a Business Report that Addresses the Question:
‘How Ethical are Major Internet Companies?’
Methodology:
Write a Business report with the following report headings and content:
• ‘Introduction’

o Briefly describe that you are going to report on the ethical standards and actions
of the following major internet companies: ? Google
? Microsoft ? Apple

? Facebook
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
companies is?

o Ratetheanswersfrom1-10(totallyunethicaltocompletelyethical) o Report the average result for each company in a table

o Reportyourowninitialethicalratingofthesamecompanies
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ITSU1003 Assignment 1
• ‘Ethical/Code of Conduct Policies’

o Locatetheethicalpolicy/codeofconductforeachcompany

o Suggestion: Search 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’
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Locate and briefly describe any reports of unethical conduct by the companies (maximum 3).

Suggestion:Searchunethical Dothesereportsmatchthecompanies’policies?
• ‘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?
• ‘Summary’

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?

o Havingdonetheresearch,whatisyoufinalethicalratingforthecompanies
Format:
? 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:

?  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.