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CS 300 Technology in a Global Society
Arnold, Jonathan Lee


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

S2Q 2006 FE

Faculty

Arnold, Jonathan Lee

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Daytime Phone

307.635.8568

E-Mail

jonathan.arnold@park.edu

Semester Dates

20 March - 21 May 2006

Class Days

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Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
"Ethical and Social Issues in the Information Age", 2nd edition, by Joseph Migga Kizza. ISBN 0-387-95421-X

"Annual Editions: Computers in Society 05/06", 12th edition. Paul DePalma, Editor. ISBN 0-07-296886-9

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore


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 facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions. Understanding the impact of computers and information systems on national and global societies as well as upon individuals is an inherent responsibility of any person involved in the development and/or management of information systems. Participating in open, informed discussions is one method to help gain that understanding.

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:
Assessment of the student's comprehension of the subject material will be accomplished through the use of homework, quizzes, examinations, presentations, research papers, and discussions.

Grading:
Midterm examination      100 points
Final examination        100
Quizzes                   50
Participation             50
Individual presentation   50
Group presentation        50
Research paper           100

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments not turned in due to an excused absence will have a new due date assigned by the instructor, consistent with the reason for and duration of the excused absence. All assignments must be completed however assignments not turned in by the second due date or assignments not turned in due to an unexcused absence will have 10% of the total possible points deducted for each day late. All assignments, even if late, are required to be submitted for successful completion of the course

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to prepare for class and to participate in classroom discussions. No food or beverages are allowed at computer workstations. Computers will not be used during class sessions except as directed by the instructor. Children are not allowed in the classroom during class sessions. Cell phones and pagers are to be turned off during class unless on call for work. Students are expected to comport themselves as adult learners.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
The following assignments are for "Ethical and Social Issues in the Information Age" by Joseph Kizza:

Session    Assignment
  1       Chp 1, 2
  2       Chp 3, 4
  3       Chp 5, 6
  4       Chp 7
  5       Chp 8, Midterm examination
  6       Chp 9, 10
  7       Chp 11, 12
  8       Chp 13, 14
  9       Presenations, Final examination, Research paper

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
Because ethical issues are at the core of this class, confirmed intentional plagiarism or cheating on any assignment will result in a failing grade for the course.

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.

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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