Ethical, Cultural & Environmental Impact

Lesson Instructions

Watch and follow the YouTube video, the lesson contains three parts:

  1. Key Information and content - all you need to do here is watch and listen. We recommend you take some notes for this one!

  2. Learning activity - You are to match the different statements for ethical, cultural and environmental issues and then review a case study.

  3. Consolidation - these are past exam question and are for deliberate practice to check your understanding.

Task - Impact Activity

Task - Exam Questions - Deliberate Practice

Exam Questions - Web

Mark Scheme

Question 1 (a)

No mark for identifying if ethical or unethical. Max 3 for justification



  • She could ask the author for permission

  • It may be copyright free

  • She might give credit to the author

  • May be for personal / education use only (e.g. to learn from) / not distributed



  • Code may be copyrighted

  • Would need to get permission before using it

  • Plagiarism

  • Denies income / publicity to rightful owner

Candidates can discuss both sides of this (e.g. they could get 2 marks from ethical and 1 mark from unethical, or all 3 marks from unethical).

Accept other sensible ethical or unethical issues.

Question 1 (b)

1 mark per bullet

Benefits of not providing physical copies e.g.

  • Less/no plastic/paper/raw materials used in manufacture // no need for packaging // less waste

  • Less electrical power needed to manufacture

  • No petrol used to distribute/collect

  • …smaller carbon footprint

  • Fewer disks need to be manufactured

  • Fewer factory emissions // less pollution

  • Old versions will be thrown away

Drawbacks of still creating a physical copy (sold online) e.g.

    • Plastic/paper are used in manufacture

    • Increase in waste

    • Old versions will be thrown away

    • Uses petrol / creates emissions to distribute

Could be read as still physically creating but not putting in shops.

Do not accept more use of computers/electricity to download.