During the research and writing of this paper, students will:
- Evaluate and infer benefits and risks of a current information technology related to your field of study.
- Analyze a moral problem related to information technology from the point of view of consequentialist ethical theories.
- Create a professional-level paper.
Research, write, and present a persuasive paper analyzing a moral issue in your field of study that is related to information technology.
The work will be scored by these criteria (points):
- (1) The title concisely states the problem and your position related to an ethical argument. It must be a 'declarative statement that can be argued.'
- Privacy and moral flexibility [the problem] of digital Information should not [author's position] extend to the workplace.
- And the topic is relevant to information technology/computer science topics within your chosen career.
(30) Each of at least 3 arguments are detailed, researched, cited, and supported by examples and discussion of consequentialist theories.
- Restates the problem and the author's position in a longer thesis statement.
- Provides definition of terms and historical perspective.
- Citations are required.
(10) Counter argument(s) are detailed, researched, cited, and supported by examples.
- Prove your case with the following kinds of examples:
- Relevant local, state, national, and international laws
- Legal cases
- Current events
- Work of oversight organizations.
- If you mention a number or numerically derived adverb, it must reference the study that made the claim.
- Research from quality sources is required.
- Cite academic journals as much as possible.
- Use the library! Ask for help from the librarians!
- Prove your case using formal studies and much as possible.
- Personal blogs and mass media are not always the best sources of scholarly material.
- Do NOT use examples or quotes from the textbook.
- Do NOT cite Wikipedia. Read Ten Reasons....
- Use original sources listed on Wikipedia topic pages (usually at the bottom).
- Because this is a research paper, personal anecdotes are not recommended.
- Define, cite, and discuss one or more of the consequentialist theories, which include Act and Rule Utilitarianism, Kantianism, Social Contract, and Virtue Ethics.
- Include only these workable theories (as per chapter 2; we weeded out other theories).
- Define the theories and cite original sources for those definitions (see Chapter 2's bibliography).
- Do NOT cite the textbook for these theories.
- Write for a global audience not just US citizens.
- For example, instead of saying " we" state which group/state/country/culture you are writing about.
(5) Rebuttal and conclusion are included.
- Counter arguments are the opposite ideas of what you are advocating in the main arguments.
- Citations are required.
(5) Visual information is legible, captioned, and cited.
- The rebuttal typically refutes or outweighs the counter arguments.
(10) Paper is formatted to reduce eye fatigue and demonstrate professional presentation skills.
- Supportive visual material is required, which may include photos, diagrams, charts, and movies.
- Describe each image in a caption.
- Cite images in the caption, using this format: © Year Owner. For example:
© 2012 Apple Computer, Inc.
- Include only relevant images; not decoration.
- You may embed movies in your file but also provide a direct link in case your PDF output does not include them.
- Double-space or 1.5-space the lines of text; single is too hard to read hour after hour.
- Left-justify the text. Centered, right, and force-justified papers are much harder to read.
- (2) Subheadlines separate each major section of the paper (as per the required outline, below).
- Subheadlines should state the argument and be numbered.
- (4) Grammar and spelling are accurate.
- Word count must be a minimum of 2000 words.
- Text must be your original writing except for a few key quotes.
- Read Appendix A: Plagiarism in Ethics for the Information Age by Quinn to ensure you do not plagiarize. Page 487.
- Submit your draft to SafeAssign inside Blackboard to review it for plagiarism. This activity earns 3 extra points and ensures your paper is scored earlier rather than last.
- In-line reference citations must follow the parenthetical format:
- (2) In-line references must use embedded hyperlinks like this: (author year)
- Example hyperlink: Corinne A Moss-Racusin (et el) noted recently that hiring practices are not equal. (Moss-Racusin, et el 2012)
- While superscript numbers and [#] are a common standard, they are hard to read and click on. Do not use them for this paper!
- The in-line references must correlate with the bibliographic citations.
- (2) Bibliography follows MLA, APA, IEEE, or other college-preferred standard. Refer to these resources:
- (1) File is saved and delivered as a .PDF. No other format will be accepted.
- If your word processor does not print to a .PDF file, then you can use some of these resources:
- Movies may not save inside your .PDF file, so be sure to include a link to the movie's original location online.
- After generating the PDF file, open it to confirm that the hyperlinks work. (Blackboard no longer renders Google Docs hyperlinks.)
I've attached the persuasive outline below
|Due By (Pacific Time)
||03/14/2015 10:00 am