ITECH7400 IT Service Management and Professional Culture- Assessment 1

Name: Ethical Discussion Forum

Purpose: The purpose of the critique is to help students develop a knowledge of ethics.

Timelines and Expectations

Percentage Value of Task: Post 1 (10%) + Post 2 (5%) = 15%.

Post 1 –Ethical Theories 1 and 2 –Due: Week 4 –Friday 21, August2020, 4:00pm.

Post 2 –Professional Ethics –Due: Week 6 –Friday 04, September2020, 4:00 pm.

Minimum time expectation: This task will take approximately 20 hours to complete.

Learning Outcomes Assessed

The following learning outcomes are assessed by completing this assessment: K1 –K4, S1 and A1.

Assessment Details

Case Study

Robotic surgery sounds like the ultimate in safe, efficient and effective 21st-century health care. Instead of a surgeon's potentially fallible human hand, you have a robot with its precision-built mechanical arms able to perform micro-accurate procedures on tissues deep within the body. With robot-assisted surgery, the surgeon sits at a nearby console with a 3D view of the surgical site. Computer technology translates their hand movements into precise manoeuvres of the instruments. If the surgeon's hand develops a tremor, the computer system knows to ignore it.

The technology also means surgeons can use finer instruments that cause less damage to the body. In turn, this should reduce blood loss and the need for blood transfusions -and mean that patients recover more quickly. With this kind of promise, little wonder that multi-million-pound robot machines are performing ever more operations across Britain.

The technology, which was first used in 2000, is employed increasingly in intricate surgery such as hysterectomy, gallbladder removal and repair of damaged heart valves.

But while for many patients robot surgery will have been entirely smooth, the technology is not risk-free. And leading experts are now voicing growing fears about its safety and effectiveness, warning of a growing human toll.

Good Health has learned of one particularly alarming case in which a man suffered grievous injuries from a robotic procedure that nearly killed him when it went wrong.

The patient, who can't be named for legal reasons, was suffering from prostate cancer and recently had his prostate gland removed by keyhole surgery using robot technology. His solicitors say the remote camera attached to the robot arm damaged the man's bowel, leading to severe infection, organ failure and cardiac arrest (Nash, 2013).

Ethical dilemma: To what extend areIT professionals responsible for the surgery accuracy of robots they program?


This is an individual task. Students are required to write two (2) forum posts in moodle which provide an analysis of an ethical dilemma associated with roboticassisted surgery from a software developer’s perspective.

  • Post 1: In post one (1) students should provide an answer to the ethical dilemma through the lens of each of the ethical theories presented in lectures. These include utilitarianism, deontology, social contract theory, character-based ethics1. The post should be approximately two to three pages long (800-1200 words). It should contain a brief overview of each of the four ethical theories, and a discussion and proposed solution for the dilemma, from each of the four ethical theoretical viewpoints. The discussionshould show an analysis and synthesis of research undertaken and your own ideas.
  • Post 2: In post two (2) students will apply ACS code of ethics2in order to solve the ethical dilemma. The post should be approximately one page long (300-500 words). The discussion should show an analysis and synthesis of research undertaken and your own ideas.

Each post should contain a bibliography containing authentic academic literature. Post 1 (approximately 6–10 references), and Post 2 (approximately 4–8 references). Gather these references from various sources such as the Internet, assigned textbooks and readings etc. For assistance with in-text referencing and formatting your reference list in APA format, see the link to General Guide to Referencing provided.

A quality post will include an introduction and conclusion and demonstrate a synthesis of content, knowledge, skills and ideas acquired from lectures, tutorials and academic authors.

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Academic Presentation

Blogs should be presented in accordance with:

•General Guide to Writing and Study Skills:

•Assignment Layout and Appearance Guidelines:


•General Guide to Referencing:


This task will be marked by the course coordinator, lecturer and/or tutors. Students will be required to submit an electronic copy of their post via Moodle. Students are encouraged to keep a copy in MS Word.


Feedback and marks will be provided in Moodle. Marks will also be available in FDL Marks.


Plagiarism is the presentation of the expressed thought or work of another person as though it is one's own without properly acknowledging that person. You must not allow other students to copy your work and must take care to safeguard against this happening.

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