Ethics and the Professions

  • Joseph Migga KizzaEmail author
Part of the Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science book series (UTICS)


Examines the changing nature of the professions and how they cope with the impact of technology on their fields. An ethical framework for decision making is developed for professional and ethical responsibilities based on community values, and the law is also discussed. Social issues including harassment and discrimination are thoroughly covered. Discussed in depth are the four pillars of professionalism that include commitment, integrity, responsibility, and accountability. We focus our discussion on professional dilemmas and guilt associated with decision making showing that these dilemmas, which are quite common in the everyday activities of a professional, are caused by questioning the values attached to one’s premises as inputs to the decision being made; that one’s input values may be clouded by conflicting codes of conduct, advances in technology, and/or incomplete or misleading information. We end the chapter with an in-depth discussion of professionalism and ethical responsibilities focusing on whistle-blowing, harassment, and discrimination.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Engineering and Computer ScienceUniversity of TennesseeChattanoogaUSA

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