Spring 2009 CSE302 Professional Ethics in Computer Science

 

Locations and Hours:

Tuesday, 12:50-2:10pm, Earth and Space Sciences Building 131.

Instructors: 

Instructor: Prof. Jie Gao, 1415 Computer Science Building. Email: jgao at cs dot sunysb dot edu. Office hour: Thursday 5:20-6:30pm or by appointment.

Announcements:

·       Term paper due date: May 8th.

·       If you have not signed up for the presentation time slot, please email me.

·       The first class is on Jan 27th. See you there!

Course Description:

Ethics in Information Technology is designed to educate existing and future business managers and IT professionals on the tremendous impact ethical issues play in the use of information technology in the modern business world. The topics covered in this course are extremely current and relevant to anyone preparing to enter the field of IT. The course will give students the foundation they need to make appropriate decisions when faced with difficult situations and make a positive impact in the field of information technology. Please refer to the course page for more information.

Course Objectives:

    Students understand and apply professional ethics.  

Prerequisites:

    CSE 219 (Computer Science III) or CSE 260 (Computer Science B: Honors)

 

Texts:
   George Reynolds, Ethics in Information Technology, Thomson Course Technology, 2007. ISBN 13: 978-1-4188-3631-3

Grading:

    Attendance (taken at random sessions): 10%
    Term paper: 50%
    Class presentation: 40%

Assignments:
   
Students will be expected to perform the following:

Schedule:
    Watch this course webpage as more detailed schedule develops. There will be 14 sessions in total.:

Date

Topic

Reading (chapters)

Notes

1/27

Introduction to computer ethics

Reynolds: 1, 2

 Lecture 1

2/03

Computer and Internet crime

Reynolds: 3

 Lecture 2

2/10

Privacy

Reynolds: 4

 Lecture 3

2/17

Freedom of Expression

Reynolds: 5

 Lecture 4

2/24

Intellectual Property

Reynolds: 6

 Lecture 5

3/3

Software development

Reynolds: 7

 Lecture 6

3/10

Student presentations

 

 

2/17

Student presentations

 

 

3/24

Student presentations

 

 

3/31

Student presentations

 

 

4/14

Student presentations

 

 

4/21

Student presentations

 

 

4/28

Student presentations

 

 

5/05

Student presentations

 

 

Possible topics for term paper and class presentation:
    Here a list of possible topics and sources of topics for your term paper/class presentation. You can choose a topic not on the list as well.

Useful links:

Course policies:
     NO INCOMPLETES will be given for this course. Collaboration on assignments is not permitted. Students found in violation of this rule of conduct will automatically receive an F on the assignment in question. The official university position on academic dishonesty is the following:

Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. Any suspected instance of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Academic Judiciary. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website.

    For students with disabilities, please consult with the instructor or take a look at disabilities support services at Stony Brook University.

Some information on this page is based on inputs from Klaus Mueller.