This course deals with the impact of computers on us as individuals and on our society. Rapid changes in computing technology and in our use of that technology have changed the way we work, play, and interact with other people. These changes have created a flood of new social and legal issues that demand critical examination. For example, technologies such as Gmail, Facebook, MySpace, along with music sharing sites and wikis create new social, ethical, and legal issues. This course is offered as both CSE 312 and ISE 312. (https://www.cs.stonybrook.edu/students/Undergraduate-Studies/courses/CSE312)
Here are a few examples of the issues we will be talking about:
There are (at least) two sides to almost all of the questions we will consider in this course. We will spend much of our class time discussing the issues and exploring different points of view.
U3 or U4 standing, one D.E.C. E or SNW course.
The following are the official course goals agreed upon by the faculty for this course:
- An understanding of how computing and information systems give rise to social issues and ethical dilemmas.
- An ability to discuss the benefits offered by computing technology in many different areas and the risks and problems associated with these technologies.
- An understanding of some social, legal, philosophical, political, constitutional, and economical issues related to computers and the historical background of these issues.
- To recognize the need for continuing professional development.
- Freedom of speech
- Intellectual property
- Impact on work environment
- Evaluating and controlling technology
- Errors, failures, and risk
- Professional ethics and responsibilities
A Gift of Fire, 4th Edition, Sara Baase, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2012. ISBN# 0-13-978-0-13-249267-6.
The exams will be closed book, however most of the questions will be selected from among the review material in the textbook.. Do not miss the exam. Make-up exams will be given only in extenuating circumstances (e.g., doctor's note stating that you were ill and unfit to take the exam). Students who miss an exam for a valid reason may need to take a make-up exam; specific arrangements will be made on a case-by-case basis.
The Pass/No Credit (P/NC) option is not available for this course.
This policy applies to all CSE/ISE undergraduate courses used to satisfy the graduation requirements for the major.
A [95-100], A- [90-95), B+ [87-90), B [83-87), B- [80-83), C+ [77-80), C [73-77), C- [70-73), D+ [65-70), D [60-65), F [0-60)
SPECIAL RULE: If all your grades, including homework assignments, quizzes, recitation and your three exam grades are above the respective class averages, you're guaranteed to receive a grade of C or higher for this class.
There will be extra credit problems as a part of quizzes and homework assignments which values to an increase of less than 4% in the final grade.
There will be in-class quizzes / brief assessments used to practice the class material and measure growth in knowledge, abilities, and skills. They will be solved in class and they are valued 2 points each.
The grades will be posted on Blackboard: http://blackboard.stonybrook.edu for privacy reasons.
The final grade you receive in this class will reflect, as far as possible, the extent to which you have mastered the concepts and their applications. How much someone needs a grade, or how close they are to the next higher grade, will have no effect on grade. As the instructor, I want everyone to do well in this course, and will make every reasonable effort to help you understand the material taught. However, the grades provided at the end of the semester are final, except for rare situations involving grading errors. They will not be altered for any reason, so please do not ask me to do so.
Most assignments will involve preparation for a class discussion. Typically, this preparation will involve reading material beyond the text book as it relates to a single assigned topic. This preparation typically will involve reading references cited in the text, usually about 20-30 pages.
|1||Introduction and Background|
|3||Freedom of Speech|
|5||Intellectual Property (cont.)|
|7||Impact on Employment|
|9||Review Session and Midterm Exam|
|10||Impacts on Employment (cont.)|
|12||Failures and Errors in Computer Systems|
|13||Professional Ethics & Responsibilities|
|14||Professional Ethics & Responsibilities (cont.)|
If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, ECC (Educational Communications Center) Building, room 128, (631) 632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations, if any, are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.
Students who require assistance during emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and information go to the following website: http://www.stonybrook.edu/ehs/fire/disabilities
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. Faculty are required to report any suspected instances of academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary. Faculty in the Health Sciences Center (School of Health Technology & Management, Nursing, Social Welfare, Dental Medicine) and School of Medicine are required to follow their school-specific procedures. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website at http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/academic_integrity/index.html
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