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: The instructor's educational philosophy is based on the concept of applied learning. It is believed that in order to fully benefit from an education, students must aggressively read and study course material on a routine basis, continually applying and building upon their new found knowledge. Students are expected to be well prepared to discuss the text examples and assignments provided in each chapter. Discussion of these examples and assignments will be part of the basis of the class participation grade. Students should expect to invest at a minimum of 10 hours of focused time studying and working on the case studies and group project each week.
Learning Outcomes:1. Recognize the major historical implications of information technology.
2. Understand some of the basic concepts of a global society influenced by Information Technology.
3. Be familiar with 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.)*
4. Apply the tools for critical thinking, scientific reasoning and inquiry to emerging technologies and recognize, analyze and try to evaluate its possible effect upon 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 ten pages (double-spaced) in length. This will provide practice in a group setting before writing the individual term paper. ##
7. Maintain an individual brief synopsis of all readings and reference sources in a word-processed journal to be handed in at 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks and the end of class.
8. Write a term paper using a modified format similar to that found in scientific technical journals. The paper will be at least 18 to 20 pages in length (double-spaced) and show evidence of applying the literacies to the topic. ##
Course Assessment: The teaching techniques utilized in this course include: traditional lectures by the instructor, in-class problem solving by the student, small student group sessions, case studies, student presentations, and completion of pertinent homework problems. The student's overall command of material presented will be measured with 2 regular examinations over lecture material. The examinations will be composed of short answer (Multiple Choice, True/False, and Insertion) and essay questions. Two article reviews are required course work on articles relevant to class discussion. The course will include a term paper and in class presentation.
Grading: 100-90 A (4.0 honor points) Mini-term paper 10%
89+-80 B (3.0 honor points) Term Paper 30%
79+-70 C (2.0 honor points) Midterm Examination 25%
69+-60 D (1.0 honor point) Final Examination 25%
Below 60 F (no honor points) Article Reviews 10%
Late Submission of Course Materials: Homework must be turned in at the beginning of class on the day it is due. The due date of homework will be annotated at the bottom of each assignment. Late assignments will be accepted up to the start of the next class meeting but will incur a 10-point (out of 100) reduction in score each calendar day it is late. Late homework will not be accepted after the start of the next class meeting and will receive an automatic zero for a grade. The instructor may modify the due dates and it is the student's responsibility to adjust to the assignment turn in accordingly.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: IF THE CLASS IS HELD IN THE COMPUTER LAB, DO NOT SURF THE INTERNET OR RUN OTHER APPLICATIONS WHICH ARE NOT ASSOCIATED WITH THE DISCUSSIONS IN CLASS. TYPING ON THE KEYBOARD AND CLICKING THE MOUSE IS DISTRACTING AND DISRESPECTFUL TOWARD OTHER STUDENTS TRY TO LEARN.
While in class, the class should be your primary focus. Disruptions of class due to communications devices have become so prevalent that they are a major distraction in class (to you, to the instructor and to other students). For this reason such devices must not be brought to class or must be inactivated during the class lecture.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: WEEK 1
Introduction. Unit 1. Five Things we need to know about Technological Change. Whom to Protect and How? Plan and select topic for papers. Form group for mini-paper.
WEEK 2. Unit 2, The Economy. Paper topics due. Prepare article review for week three's class. Paper topics due.
WEEK 3. Unit 3, Work and the workplace. Article review due.
WEEK 4. Unit 4, Computers, People, and Social Participation. Mid-term review.
WEEK 5. Unit 5, Societal Institutions: Law, Politics, Education, and the Military. Mid-term, Units 1-4. Mini paper due.
WEEK 6. Unit 6, Risk. Article review due.
WEEK 7. Unit 7, International Perspectives and Issues. Review for final.
WEEK 8. Group presentation of final papers. Final exam chapters 5-7. Final class discussion on how computers are impacting society today.
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
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences
via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate
Catalog Page 89
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