Ensuring Students Engage with Ethical and Professional Practice Concepts

Ensuring Students Engage with Ethical and Professional Practice Concepts

J. Barrie Thompson (University of Sunderland, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-102-5.ch017
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Abstract

The teaching and learning of aspects related to ethics and professional practice present significant challenges to both staff and students as these topics are much more abstract than say software design and testing. The core of this chapter is an in-depth examination of how ethics and professional practice can be addressed in a very practical manner. To set the scene and provide contextual information the chapter commences with information on an international model of professionalism, a code of ethics for Software Engineers, and different teaching and learning approaches that can be employed when addressing ethical issues. The major part of the chapter is then devoted to detailing a particular teaching and leaning approach, which has been developed at the University of Sunderland in the UK. Finally conclusions, views on the present situation and future developments, and details of outstanding challenges are presented.

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