Make students aware of ethical issues. This exercise is mostly geared to this level. It is about how being a professional can (and cannot) change your work circumstances and ethical commitments.
Give students practice in evaluation and decision making. Not much of this is here.
Lead students to actual responsible action. If this exercise were combined with the memo or reporting system exercise, it could help students see how they could influence an organization's procedures based on their professional expertise.
ImpactCS Elements and Skills
ES1.4 Definition of computing as a profession.
ES1.5 Codes of ethics and professional responsibility for computer professionals.
ES2.3 Some easy ethical approaches are questionable:
ES4.2 Power relations are central in all social interaction.
CC 2002 Social, Ethical, and Professional Issues
SP 4 Professional and ethical responsibilities [core]