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ITC331 Research Skills Guide: Using Simpson's Ethics technique

The Ethics Technique

For assessment 3, you are given the option to use Simpson's ethics technique as a method for analysing the ethical issue you have chosen. You could start to analyse the ethical issue by thinking about these questions from the technique:

What is going on? What are the facts?
What are the issues?
Who is affected?
Therefore, what are the ethical issues and implications?

What can be done about it? What options are there?

Sub questions:

  • What would be 'the right thing' to do?
  • Who/what suffers if you do not do the right thing?
  • What additional costs will be incurred if you do the right thing

Which option is best and why?

Sub questions:

  • Who gains if you do the right thing?
  • And why?

Reference: Simpson, C.R., Nevile, L., & Burmeister, O.K. (2003). Doing ethics: A universal technique in an accessibility context. AJIS, 10(2), 127-133.