I am now developing an online course on “Architecture Ethics” for IASA. Currently, I have defined the course objectives as follows. The target audience are information technology architects and architects-in-training, primarily in North America and Europe although I hope that Asian students will also find it informative. (My recent experience in China has provided me with a number of good examples for all students.)
My current introduction:
What do Love Canal and Barclays have in common? In these very public cases, improper ethical planning arguably encouraged opportunities for immoral action. As a professional architect you are in a position of leadership and trust, and are responsible for the ethical implications of your decisions and the morality of your actions. You are responsible for the ethical planning of your daily work and long term career including the proper selection of projects, the identification of collaborative environments that can enable or hinder success, avoiding moral risks to employer and customer, meeting the challenges of regulatory and legal frameworks, and even for the determination of proper compensation for your effort and risks. This course will introduce you to concrete skills that will help you recognize potential ethical failures in the practice of computing-associated architecture, strategies to mitigate or otherwise compensate for those failures, and ultimately, simply put, how to architect well.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
- Identify some of your highest risk factors to project and career success, and strategies to counter them.
- Identify financial impacts of ethical decision making in architecture.
- Identify and communicate additional ethical considerations for your particular community, industry, employer, and job.
- Effectively communicate the value of professional architecture.
- Develop an ethical context, or “Collaborative Viewpoint” for your Architecture Description.
- Understand why the ethical context is the proper frame within which you should understand everything you do as a professional architect, and why IASA exists.
- Information technology architects, solution architects, and enterprise architects
- Students training for a career in computing-associated architecture
- Potential employers and clients of computing-associated architects