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Assessment Task – Tutorial Questions
Unit Code: HS2121
Unit Name: HS2121 Professional Issues in IS, Ethics & Practice
Assignment: Tutorial Questions
Due: Week 13
Weighting: %40
Purpose: This assignment is designed to assess your level of knowledge of the key topics covered in this unit
Unit Learning Outcomes Assessed:
1. Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of professional practice and ethics in the Information Systems discipline.
2. Understand and review the roles and responsibilities of Information Systems professionals in organisations and society
3. Understand the role and application of standards, codes of conduct and legislative/regulatory obligations on the level of professionalism of the ICT industry.
4. Develop an awareness and skills relating to written and oral communication vital for professional Information Systems practitioners.
5. Be aware of the issues and challenges (ethical, legal, technological, social, political etc) that impact upon the administration and leadership of contemporary organizations.
Each week students were provided with three tutorial questions of varying degrees of difficulty. The tutorial questions are available in the Tutorial Folder, for each week, on Blackboard. The Interactive Tutorials are designed to assist students with the process, skills and knowledge to answer the provided tutorial questions. Your task is to answer a selection of tutorial question for weeks 1 to 11 inclusive and submit these answers in a single document.
The questions to be answered are:
Question 1: Week 3
What is a SLAPP? Under what conditions might a corporation employ a SLAPP? What are some actions that could be taken to counteract a SLAPP? (Hard, 8 marks)
Question 2: Week 4
Have you ever posted or viewed copyrighted material online that could be subject to a DMCA takedown request? Research the case of Lenz v. Universal Music Corp. to learn the key issues it raised in connection with takedown orders. Write a few paragraphs summarizing your findings, including the current status of the case. (Medium, 6 marks)
Question 3: Week 8
How do you distinguish between breach of contract and material breach of contract? Provide an example of a breach of contract that would not be a material breach of contract. (Medium, 6 marks)
Question 4: Week 9
Your company has decided to offshore outsource a $50 million project to an experienced, reputable firm in India. This is the first offshore outsourcing project of significant size that your company has run. What steps should your company take to minimize the potential for problems? You should mention at least 8 steps or recommendations. (Hard, 8 marks)
Question 5: Week 10
Read the fictional Killer Robot case at the website for the Online Ethics Center for Engineering at The case begins with the manslaughter indictment of a programmer for writing faulty code that resulted in the death of a robot operator. Slowly, over the course of many articles, you are introduced to several factors within the corporation that contributed to the accident. After reading the case, answer the following questions:
a) Responsibility for an accident is rarely defined clearly and is often difficult to trace to one or two people or causes. In this fictitious case, it is clear that a large number of people share responsibility for the accident. Identify all the people you think were at least partially responsible for the death of Bart Matthews, and explain why you think so.
b) Imagine that you are the leader of a task force assigned to correct the problems uncovered by this accident. Develop a list of the six most significant actions to take to avoid future problems.
(Hard, 6marks)
Question 6: Week 11
Are there particular areas you think are ripe targets for the application of machine learning? What are they, and why do you think they could benefit from the application of machine learning? (Medium, 6 marks)
Submission Directions:
The assignment will be submitted via Blackboard. Each student will be permitted only ONE submission to Blackboard. You need to ensure that the document submitted is the correct one.
Academic Integrity:
Holmes Institute is committed to ensuring and upholding Academic Integrity, as Academic Integrity is integral to maintaining academic quality and the reputation of Holmes’ graduates. Accordingly, all assessment tasks need to comply with academic integrity guidelines. Table 1 identifies the six categories of Academic Integrity breaches. If you have any questions about Academic Integrity issues related to your assessment tasks, please consult your lecturer or tutor for relevant referencing guidelines and support resources. Many of these resources can also be found through the Study Skills link on Blackboard.
Academic Integrity breaches are a serious offence punishable by penalties that may range from deduction of marks, failure of the assessment task or unit involved, suspension of course enrolment, or cancellation of course enrolment.
Table 1: Six categories of Academic Integrity breaches
Plagiarism Reproducing the work of someone else without attribution. When a student submits their own work on multiple occasions this is known as self-plagiarism.
Collusion Working with one or more other individuals to complete an assignment, in a way that is not authorised.
Copying Reproducing and submitting the work of another student, with or without their knowledge. If a student fails to take reasonable precautions to prevent their own original work from being copied, this may also be considered an offence.
Impersonation Falsely presenting oneself, or engaging someone else to present as oneself, in an in-person examination.
Contract cheating Contracting a third party to complete an assessment task, generally in exchange for money or other manner of payment.
Data fabrication and falsification Manipulating or inventing data with the intent of supporting false conclusions, including manipulating images.
Source: INQAAHE, 2020
If any words or ideas used the assignment submission do not represent your original words or ideas, you must cite all relevant sources and make clear the extent to which such sources were used.
In addition, written assignments that are similar or identical to those of another student is also a violation of the Holmes Institute’s Academic Conduct and Integrity policy. The consequence for a violation of this policy can incur a range of penalties varying from a 50% penalty through suspension of enrolment. The penalty would be dependent on the extent of academic misconduct and your history of academic misconduct issues. All assessments will be automatically submitted to SelfAssign to assess their originality.
Further Information:
For further information and additional learning resources please refer to your Discussion Board for the unit.

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