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CS 300 Computers and Society
Williams, Charles H.


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.
CourseCS 300 Computers and Society
SemesterS1H2005
FacultyWilliams, Charles H.
TitleSenior Instructor
Degrees/CertificatesMS
Daytime Phone843-522-3230
E-MailCharles.Williams@park.edu
craftseller@islc.net
Class Days--T-R--
Class Time7:35 - 10:00 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
A Gift of Fire, Second Edition, Sara Baase, Prentice Hall

Additional Resources:
As provided by the Instructor

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 instrutor's educational philospphy is one based on lectures, interactive class discussion, reading of the text, examinations, and a student project.

Learning Outcomes:
Appreciate the impact and benefits of the computer on society.
Understand the impact of computer technology in terms of privacy and personal information.
Understand issues of encryption and interception of communications.
Understand questions about computer reliability and safety.
Be aware of issues of freedom of speech in cyberspace.
Understand concepts of intellectual property.
Be aware of various aspects of computer crime.
Understand issues of professional ethics and responsibilities.

Course Assessment:
Examinations, quizes, assigned homework, and a term paper.

Grading:
Final grades will be determined according to the following weights:
20% - Term Paper
10% - Assigned Homework
10% - Quizes
10% - Class Participation
25% - Mid Term Exam
25% - Final Exam Grades will be assigned according to performance as follows: A>=90%, B>=80% and <90%, C>=70% and <80%, D>=60% and <70%, F<60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
At the discretion of the instructor, work that is submitted late may not receive full credit.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
The student will be responsible for reading all asigned material according to the syllabus and instructor's direction. The student is expected to be prepared for and participate in classroom discussion and exercises.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Jan 11 Introduction to the course
Jan 13 Unwrapping the Gift, Chapter 1
Jan 18 Privacy, Chapter 2
Jan 20 Encryption, Chapter 3
Jan 25 Encryption Continued
Jan 27 Trusting the Computer, Chapter 4
Feb  1 Freedom of Speech, Chapter 5
Feb  3 Mid Term Exam
Feb  8 Intellectual Property, Chapter 6
Feb 10 Computer Crime, Chapter 7
Feb 15 Computers and Work, Chapter 8
Feb 17 Impact of Computers, Chapter 9
Feb 22 Professional Ethics, Chapter 10
Feb 24 Student Presentations
Mar  1 Student Presentations
Mar  3 Final Exam

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


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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