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Professional Issues - Blog entry 2

04 Nov 2013 — How ethical issues in IT will affect my future practice in relation to the BCS Code of Conduct

The Chartered Institute for IT’s (2013) Code of Conduct item 2.b states you should “not claim any level of competence that you do not possess”. Before I started University I worked as a freelance web developer, this meant I regularly had to provide quotes and estimates to clients. In 2010 I was working on a website that required components much more complex than the client and I had originally thought or had quoted for, and the development work for these components wasn’t something I felt I could achieve alone. I had to go back to the client and explain, and apologise, that the level of complexity of the task had outstretched me and that I could not finish the remainder of the project alone. What I have taken away from The Chartered Institutes’ Code of Conduct is that before I provide a quote and agree to carry out any work in the future, I should fully assess wether or not I will be able to complete all the work myself.

This leads to The Chartered Institute for IT’s (2013) Code of Conduct item 2.c which says “develop your professional knowledge, skills and competence”. Before I returned to study this year I took some more freelance web design work and was surprised when a similar problem to the one I had in 2010 faced me. I quickly and aptly solved the problem alone. I had not considered how much I had improved my skills, but now I can see that I am progressing well. In order to stay inline with the Code of Conduct when I leave University I will carry on reading industry news, research papers, and staying up to date with the developments in the languages, tools, and systems that I use and develop for.


References

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT (2013) BCS Code of Conduct Available at: http://www.bcs.org/category/6030. [Accessed 23 October 2013]

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