CSC 2920 — Ethical & Social Issues

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CSC 2920 — Ethical & Social Issues

Spring Semester, 2016

200TTH1:00 – 2:15 p.m.NE-280

Course Description

This course is dedicated to the study of social, ethical, and legal effects of computing on society and its users. Ethical concepts, professional codes of ethics, and the influence of computing on individuals, organizations, and the global economy will be addressed. Students will utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills to analyze and debate case studies on topics, some of which include privacy; intellectual property; computer crimes; system failures and implications; and, the impact of technology on society.

Course Prerequisite

Completion of CSCI 1301 with a C or better

Required Materials

A Gift of Fire, fourth edition; Sara Baase. Pearson Education, Inc.. ISBN 978-0-13-249267-6

Grading Formula

Final exam30%

Course-specific requirements for submitting assignments

  • All assignments must be submitted through the iCollege Dropbox tool. Each chapter has its own folder for submisisons. The Dropbox folder for the chapter opens the day we start on that chapter. All work for a chapter is due one week after we finish that chapter; however, the Dropbox folder closes one week after that due date to allow for submission of (penalized) late work.  Assignments must be submitted to the correct folder for that chapter; those submitted to another folder will not be graded.

Important Dates

January 11Classes begin
January 11-17No-Show Attendance Period
Note that you MUST attend class at least once during this period to avoid being removed from the class as a no-show.
January 18Martin Luther King Day Holiday, college closed
February 23Student Study Day/Faculty Development Day, no classes, college open
March 3Midpoint of the Semester
Last day to withdraw with a grade of ‘W’
March 14-20Spring Break
No classes, college is open
April 28Last day of classes
May 3Final exam, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.