Implementing Ethics in the Information Systems Curriculum: A Successful Case Study

Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2005

Publication Title

Journal of Informatics Education Research


In today's business environment, ethics is in the forefront of the media with scandals making daily headlines. The use of technology is prominent in business and society and very susceptible to misuse, and thus students majoring in Information Systems should be exposed to some of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities they may face in the workplace. The problem for university educators is to determine the most effective way to teach ethical decision-making to the students. This text focuses on the methodology used to teach ethics and provides an example model curriculum implemented in one class using an historical narrative, the ACM and AITP code of ethics, the SDLC, and current events as a content guide. The feedback from students suggests that this technique was very successful.