PORTFOLIO_3: Responding to an Ethical Scenario (5 marks)
In week 9 you learnt about making decisions in various ethical situations, about the Australian Computer Society (ACS), and its Code of Ethics and the Code of Professional Conduct. Understanding who you are and how you relate to others in both your personal and work life can make you aware of the values that are important to you as well as the values that you may need to work on to improve your professional standing. This portfolio item is designed to make you think about how to respond to an ethical scenario as a good ICT professional. As you are training to be an ICT professional you should refer to the ACS Code of Ethics and/or ACS Code of Professional Conduct in your response (referred below as ACS documents). Your response should be approximately 400 words.
Ghost writing is a term used to describe a situation where students submit work for assessment that was written by someone else. The original author is not mentioned and the student claims that they wrote it themselves. This is a very serious form of academic misconduct.
You are a student at Central Queensland University. Getting your degree is important to you as you want to get good grades so that you can get a good job. It is imperative to you that you work hard to create all the assessment submissions yourself except when it is a group assessment. It is by working hard to achieve good grades that you will ensure that you are best-placed to successfully apply for a good job. Recently you heard that some students in your class who you are friendly with are paying Ghost writers to complete their assessment items. This concerns you as you think they will get good grades for their assessment items when they have not written the assessment themselves. This is not fair to all those students who wrote the assessment themselves. You feel that you should tell the lecturer what your friends are doing but you are scared of losing your friends.
Write about 400 words (in 2 – 3 paragraphs) outlining how you will respond to this ethical dilemma – do not explain the situation again. Consider your options in this hypothetical scenario. What will you do in this situation? Will you tell the lecturer or someone else at CQU or will you decide not to tell anyone because you do not want to lose your friends? Or will you take any other actions? Explain what you will do and the reasons for your actions, referring to the ACS Code of Ethics and/or the ACS Code of Professional Conduct (ACS documents). You must correctly reference the document/s using the CQU APA style and cite them in-text.
The submission must be focused on the correct task to be considered for marking and feedback. It must be submitted as a Word Document with text. Otherwise it will receive 0 marks and no feedback.
Your response should include the following:
1. What would you do in this situation in the case scenario and why? (2 marks)
2. What elements from the ACS document/s would you consider as the basis for your actions? Indicate the particular element/s in the document/s you are referencing. (1 mark)
3. Referencing – cited the relevant ACS document/s as per the requirements; and correct citation and reference list formatting according to CQU APA referencing style (1.5 marks)
Note: Referencing format should be based on the Other Electronic Sources format in the CQU APA guidelines pages 43 – 44 (Document on the World Wide Web – author/sponsor given, either dated or not dated as per the reference you use).
4. Grammatically correct, well-structured with separate paragraphs and easy to read and understand, within 350 – 450 words, and submitted as an MS Word file (0.5 marks).
PORTFOLIO_4: Successful Completion of COIT20249 (10 marks)
This portfolio item requires you to justify that you have successfully achieved the Unit Learning Outcomes, and to provide feedback about your experiences with the Unit. The response should have two parts and the total length should not be longer than 2 A4 pages.
Part A – Justification
The Unit Profile provides a list of Learning Outcomes you are expected to have achieved after completing this Unit.
From the Unit Profile:
On successful completion of this Unit, you will be able to:
1. Describe the basic principles and importance of effective interpersonal communication, active listening and reading for meaning.
2. Demonstrate teamwork skills.
3. Communicate ideas effectively both verbally and in written form using appropriate language.
4. Create and deliver effective oral presentations.
5. Argue the importance of ethics, codes of behaviour, and societal, privacy and legal issues within the ICT industry.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of common work practices and values operating in the Australian workplace.
7. Assess how ICT can be used to improve organisational processes.
8. Evaluate the application of emerging technologies to communication and collaboration.
PART A: JUSTIFICATION
Write a reflective analysis that demonstrates you have satisfied all eight (8) learning outcomes that are listed in the Unit Profile for COIT20249 Professional Skills in ICT (they are listed above). Justify how the work you have completed this term has satisfied all eight (8) Unit Learning Outcomes. Please note it is important that you JUSTIFY how you have satisfied the Unit Learning Outcomes with examples. Do NOT just summarise the Unit content and/or assessment items OR define the Unit Learning Outcomes.
In short paragraphs, respond under the following themes (use relevant headings) and refer to relevant Learning Outcome/s from the above list. Use examples from the COIT20249 unit content, assessments and class activities that you have completed in this Unit and/or the competencies you have achieved after completing the Unit. You might refer to some Unit Learning Outcomes and assessments/activities more than once in your response.
All examples MUST be related to the current term of COIT20249.
1. Describe an example where you used listening and verbal communication skills effectively (1 mark).
2. How did you use reading skills to effectively develop an academic document? Provide an example (1 mark).
3. Provide an example of using your teamwork skills and interpersonal skills in this unit. Provide specific examples for each skill set. (1 mark).
4. Provide an example of an assessment task or an activity in this unit that helped you to understand ethical behaviours, and/or social, privacy and legal aspects within the ICT domain. (1 mark).
5. How did you use the diversity and intercultural competency skills to work with staff and/or students from different cultures? Use example/s from COIT20249 (1 mark).
6. Describe an example of a communication and collaboration technology you learnt in COIT20249. Briefly explain how your selection could be used in an organisation (1 mark).
7. Describe how you learnt to evaluate ICT technologies to improve organisational communication processes. Give an example of an assignment/topic and the technology from COIT20249 (1 mark).
Part A should be 1 to 1.5 A4 pages long (approximate guideline).
Part B – Feedback
• In Part B of your PA1 assessment, you were asked to a write about which COIT20249 Unit Learning Outcome (ULO) you thought would be most helpful for you when you graduate as an ICT professional. What was that ULO and how did you think it help you as an ICT professional? Briefly reflect on if you still feel the same or have your thoughts changed during the term? Is there another ULO that you feel would be more helpful to you in your career as an ICT Professional? Make sure you provide your reasons (1.5 marks).
• Write one example of what you liked best about this Unit and provide the reason or reasons you liked them (0. 5 marks).
• Suggest one improvement to the Unit and justify why/how your suggestion would improve the Unit (0.5 marks).
Part B should be around half an A4 page long (approximate guideline).
Common criteria (0.5 marks)
o Grammatically correct with no spelling mistakes.
o Well-structured submission, written under separate headings and paragraphs as per the requirements.
o Easy to read and understand.
o Within the recommended length and submitted as an MS-Word file.
Upload the Successful Completion document into Moodle.
To achieve full marks, the submission must focus on the current term of COIT20249 and its learning outcomes, unit content, assessments, and class activities.
Part A: Justification (7 marks)
Justify with examples from COIT20249 that you have successfully achieved all eight (8) Unit Learning Outcomes (1 mark per each of the points – see criteria in the previous page).
Please note that a summary of the Unit content and/or assessment items or defining the Unit Learning Outcomes will receive a maximum of ONE mark only for the entire section as you will not have addressed the assessment criteria.
Part B: Feedback (2.5 marks)
• Brief reflection which COIT20249 Unit Learning Outcome (ULO) you thought would be most helpful for you when you graduate as an ICT professional as discussed in Part B of your PA1 assessment.
o Name the ULO and brief description of how you thought it would help you as an ICT professional (0.5 marks).
o Brief reflection on how you feel now - still feel the same or thoughts have changed during the term? If the same, must have explanation of why you feel the same. If you have changed your mind, must state the new ULO and describe why you feel it would be more helpful to you in your career as an ICT Professional (1 mark).
• One thing you liked about this Unit plus reasons (0.5 marks).
• One suggested improvement to the Unit plus justification (0.5 marks).
Common criteria (0.5 marks)
• Grammatically correct responses with no spelling mistakes.
• Well-structured responses - written under separate headings and paragraphs for each of the responses in each section.
• Easy to read and understand.
• Within the recommended length (no longer than 2 A4 pages) and submitted as an MS-Word file.
If you are a repeating student who may need to use any previous assessment materials, you will need to follow self-referencing guidelines in some sections of this assessment. However, repeating students are encouraged to use new examples where possible to avoid self-plagiarism issues.
Warning – some students do not attend classes but complete this assessment with falsified information stating how they interacted and engaged with their lecturer and class members. These students risk academic misconduct charges and may not receive any marks for those sections.