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CS 300 Technology in a Global Society
Christensen, Jonathan F.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CS 300 Technology in a Global Society

Semester

S2T 2006 DL

Faculty

Christensen, Jonathan F.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Bachelor of Science - computer science, 1991
Juris Doctor, 1998
Online Course Instruction Program

Daytime Phone

1-701-775-8730

E-Mail

jonathan.christensen@park.edu

Semester Dates

3/13/06 to 5/8/06

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

none

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Required Textbooks:
Kizza, Joseph Migga.  
Ethical and Social Issues in the Information Age,
2nd Ed., 2002,
Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.,
ISBN #0-387-95421-X.

DePalma, Paul.  Editor.
Annual Editions,    
Computer Studies:  Computers in Society, (05/06)
12th edition, 2005.
McGraw-Hill/Dushkin,
ISBN #0-07-296886-9.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.

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Course Description:
This course presents the social, political, economic, multicultural, and ethical issues surrounding the use of computers and computer technology. Course  work includes class discussion, readings, collaborative projects and formal  term papers on selected topics.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Learning requires diligence and desire.   While we rely on what we have learned in the past, learning is a constant, everyday requirement. While different techniques may produce different results, it is the desire to learn that determines a students success, regardless of the instruction.  A student that desires an education and wants to complete a degree program is usually dilligent and generally a better student.

I do not expect students to know everything.  In fact, college can only expose us to the vast topics in our world and generally highlights how little we actually know about the world.  Graduation does not mean that we "know" everything. What is expected is that students are able to demonstrate that they can identify issues (a problem, concept, etc.), research the issue and respond through opinion, insight, solution, etc...  

Online courses require more from students than face to face classes as I believe they place an instructor more in the role of a facilitator.  As a facilitator, I usually learn a great deal from my students.  I always look forward to learning with my students.  

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognize the major historical implications of information technology.
  2. Assess some of the basic concepts of a global society influenced by Information Technology. (Singapore social system, English trading system, Privacy issues, etc.)
  3. Compare some of the effects of technology upon the cultures of different ethnic and racial groups in the United States and other countries. (Literacy and Artistic Expression in all types of media, etc.)
  4. Apply the tools for critical thinking, scientific reasoning and inquiry to emerging technologies and recognize, analyze and evaluate their possible effects upon the social, cultural, economic, and ethical values of the United States and the world. Knowledge of the history of Information Technology is necessary.
  5. Work as a member of a group in exchanging knowledge and ideas about technology and its role in the world.
  6. Collaborate with a group applying the literacies listed above in a mini-term paper format at least 15 to 18 pages (double-spaced) in length. This will provide practice in a group setting before writing the individual term paper.
  7. Maintain an individual electronic journal of all readings and reference sources in a word-processed journal to be handed in bi-weekly.
  8. Write a term paper using a modified format similar to that found in scientific technical journals. The paper will be at least 15 to 18 pages in length (double-spaced) and demonstrate evidence of applying the literacies to the topic.


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Recognize the major historical implications of information technology.
. Assess some of the basic concepts of a global society influenced by Information Technology. (Singapore social system, English trading system, Privacy issues, etc.)
. Compare some of the effects of technology upon the cultures of different ethnic and racial groups in the United States and other countries. (Literacy and Artistic Expression in all types of media, etc.)
. Apply the tools for critical thinking, scientific reasoning and inquiry to emerging technologies and recognize, analyze and evaluate their possible effects upon the social, cultural, economic, and ethical values of the United States and the world. Knowledge of the history of Information Technology is necessary.
. Work as a member of a group in exchanging knowledge and ideas about technology and its role in the world.
. Collaborate with a group applying the literacies listed above in a mini-term paper format at least 15 to 18 pages (double-spaced) in length. This will provide practice in a group setting before writing the individual term paper.
. Maintain an individual electronic journal of all readings and reference sources in a word-processed journal to be handed in bi-weekly.
. Write a term paper using a modified format similar to that found in scientific technical journals. The paper will be at least 15 to 18 pages in length (double-spaced) and demonstrate evidence of applying the literacies to the topic.
All documents submitted to the course should be a Microsoft Word.doc or in .rtf format.  Any questions, please ask the instructor.  

Grading:
Students will use the Grade Book to track their grades throughout the course.  Please allow time for submitted assignments to be posted.  Generally speaking it will take a day or two for a grade to be posted into the grade book.  Early submissions will be graded but not viewable until the deadline for that assignment has passed

Grading Rubrics/criteria for each listed item in the Grade Book is part of the assignment.

Submission of Late Work:  Late work is not accepted.  
Proctored final examination - .

A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th (or 16th) week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.  

Other Information on proctored exams:
It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.  
Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.  
A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.  
Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

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Course Grading Scale

     A = 90-100%
     B = 80-89%  
     C = 70-79%  
     D = 60-69%  
     F = < 60%

Grading Scale for CS 300 Computers & Society

     
Textbook Chapters  Weeks 1-6    
Kizza 1 to 11 20 points each  220  
Use Knowledge Form    
         
Readings  Post to Journal Weeks 1-6    
DePalma Units 1-8 48 readings  50  
Summary 48 readings Week 8 50       100    
         
     
Discussion Weeks 1-8 20 points each week 160  
         
         
Group Paper Weeks 2,3,4 25 points each week 75  
         
         
Indiv.Paper Weeks 5,6,7 50 points each week 150  
         
     
Quizzes and Tests    
Week 4 Mid-term  100  
Week 8 Final  200  
         
     

Kizza 220    
DePalma 100    
Discussion 160    
Group Paper 75    
Indiv Paper 150    
MT/Final Test 300    
Total points available for course  1005    
       
     
Proctor Form      
Due Week 6      

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work:  Late work is not accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All students are expected to follow the rules for acceptable conduct and good manners.  Any student, who does not adhere to these guidelines will be excused from class and reported to the proper authorities.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
The Course Home pages contain the syllabus that has the Course Announcements, required textbooks, mission and vision statements, attendance policy, grading policy, and course policies that outline expectations of the course.  Plagiarism policies are listed there and will be strictly adhered to.  The Course Announcements area is very important and where you will come every day upon entering the course.

Week 1 - 3/13/06 Overview includes an Introduce Yourself thread, Lecture, discussion threads with required responses, required readings from Kizza and Journal entries from DePalma readings.  Groups will be formed that will research and write the Group Research paper that will be due during Weeks 2, 3, and 4.   Complete directions regarding discussion thread postings, attachments, and readings will be part of each weekly lecture.

Week 2 - 3/20/06 has a lecture, discussion threads with required responses, required readings from Kizza and Journal entries from DePalma readings. The groups will post Part 1 of their research paper to the thread as an attachment for peer review and also to the correct dropbox.

Week 3 - 3/27/06 has a lecture, discussion threads with required responses, required readings from Kizza and Journal entries from DePalma readings. The groups will post Part 2 of their research paper to the thread as an attachment for peer review and also to the correct dropbox.  This week students will post their topic to the correct discussion thread for the Individual Research paper to be completed Weeks 5, 6, and 7 of the course.

Week 4 - 4/3/06 has a lecture, discussion threads with required responses, and required readings from Kizza.  The groups will post Part 3 of their research paper to the thread as an attachment for peer review and also to the correct dropbox.  There will be a mid-term short answer/essay exam.

Week 5 - 4/10/06 has a lecture, discussion threads with required responses, required readings from Kizza and Journal entries from DePalma readings. Students will post Part 1 (Introduction) of their individual research paper to the thread as an attachment for peer review and also to the correct dropbox. Students may begin to submit the required paperwork for their final exam proctors.  

Week 6 - 4/17/06 has a lecture, discussion threads with required responses, required readings from Kizza and begin work on the summary of the Journal readings which will be due Week 7.  The students will post Part 2 (Research/Findings) of their individual research paper to the thread as an attachment for peer review and also to the correct dropbox.  Students must submit the required paperwork for their final exam proctors.  

Week 7 - 4/24/06 has a lecture, discussion threads with required responses.   Students will post Part 3 (Conclusion) of their individual research paper to the thread as an attachment for peer review and also to the correct dropbox.  Students will also post a summary of their Journal readings to the correct dropbox.

Week 8 - 5/1/06 has a lecture and discussion threads with required responses.   Students will participate in What I have Learned… Discussion threads from Kizza and DePalma.  The final exam will be taken this week.  According to the School of Online Learning Policies, any student who does not take the final examination will automatically receive a grade of F.  

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Plagiarism will result in failing the class.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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