Computers In Society
TERM: Aug 2 – Oct 3 2004 (F1HH) INSTRUCTOR: L. Manchester
DAY: Thursday Evenings TIME: 5:30 – 10:30
SITE: WPAFB, Bldg 50 HOME PHONE: 845-7330
WORK PHONE: 656-0728 Email: LManchester@woh.rr.com
Prerequisites: None Credit Hours: 3
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.
Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
I. COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course presents the social, political, and economic issues surrounding the use of computers and computer technology. Course work includes class discussion, readings, and formal term papers on selected topics. 3:0:3
II. INSTRUCTOR’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: This instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, examinations and writings. The instructor will engage each learner in disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions in the immediate field of study.
III. COURSE OBJECTIVES: Students will develop a sense of awareness of their role in an ever-increasingly computerized society. They will become familiar with the issues facing them as citizens, as parents, as consumers. They will develop an awareness of federal, state and local laws as well as proposed legislation. Students will recognize the increased coverage of computer issues in the popular press and will develop an on-going awareness of the availability of this information and how it affects their lives.
IV. TEXTBOOK: Sara Baase, PhD, A Gift of Fire, 2nd edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 2003. ISBN 0-13-008215-5. (First edition will NOT work.)
V. ACADEMIC HONESTY: From the 2003-2004 Park University on-line catalog.
“Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park University will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park University.
VI. PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism-the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one's original work-sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.
VII. ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course . Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA)or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
Incompletes Incompletes are only given in extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control (excessive official travel, hospitalization, etc). Not showing up for the final exam for example results in an “F," not an incomplete. If an incomplete is given, the student has 60 days from the last day of the term to complete course requirements. If the course requirements are not completed within 60 days, the final grade becomes an “F." The responsibility to complete the course work is entirely upon the student. The instructor will not seek out students for the purpose of completing course requirements.
VIII. LATE SUBMISSIONS: Any assignment not submitted on the assigned date will receive a 10% reduction in grade. No work will be accepted more than seven days late and all credit for the assignment will be lost.
IX. COURSE ASSESSMENT: The learning assessment in CS-300 is a multi-faceted approach. There will be weekly exercises, a news article compendium, a book analysis, a presentation, and a final examination. Discussions throughout the term are intended to evaluate the students understanding of the assigned material.
X. CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: Faculty members are expected to dismiss from their classrooms students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under influence of drugs or alcohol, etc. Students who are dismissed from class may be given failing grades, suspension, or expulsion from Park University. Students whose behavior, either verbal or written, is detrimental to the good order of Park University may be subject to disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion from Park University. Students who exhibit abusive or obscene language or behavior toward administrative personnel or support staff are also subject to suspension or expulsion from Park University.
XI. 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 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
XII. CLASS MEETING AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE:
1 Aug 5 Course Introduction Read Chapters 1 & 2
Student Introductions and Prepare Exercises
2 Aug 12 Discussion of Chapters 1 & 2 Read Chapters 3 & 4
Unwrapping the Gift and Prepare Exercises
Privacy and Personal Information
News Articles Discussed
3 Aug 19 Discussion of Chapters 3 & 4 Read Chapters 5 & 6
Encryption and Interception of Communications and Prepare Exercises
Can we Trust the Computer?
News Articles Discussed
4 Aug 26 Discussion of Chapters 5 & 6 Read Chapters 7 & 8
Freedom of Speech in Cyberspace and Prepare Exercises
News Articles Discussed
5 Sep 2 Discussion of Chapters 7 & 8 Read Chapters 9 Computer Crime and Prepare Exercises
Computers and Work
News Articles Discussed
6 Sep 9 Discussion of Chapters 9 Case Prep Chapter 10
Broader Issues on the Impact and Control of Computers
News Articles Discussed
7 Sep 16 Case studies from Chapter 10 Prepare for
Book Analyses Final Exam
News Articles Discussed & Turned In
8 Sep 23 Final Exam Prepare Presentations
Team presentation preparation
9 Sep 30 Team Presentations
XIII. GRADING PLAN: The following grading components shall be applied in computing the final grade. A final grade of 180-200 is an A; 160-179.9 is a B; 140-159.9 is a C; 120-139.9 is a D; anything below 120 is an F.
Weekly Exercises: 30 points (See Para XVII, this Syllabus)
News Article Compendium: 30 points
Book Analysis 45 points
Final Exam: 45 points
Presentation: 50 points
XIV. CLASS PRESENTATION:
(Note: Each team will consist of 2 to 4 people.)
1. The presentation will be given on week 9 of the term.
2. The presentation will last not less than ten nor more than twenty minutes (no exceptions).
3. The presentation will be a product of the students’ independent, individual research efforts.
4. The team will prepare an outline in abbreviated form.
5. A bibliography of researched materials will be provided to the instructor at the time of the presentation.
6. The use of visual aids is strongly encouraged.
7. Topic selection will follow the concepts addressed in CS-300. Teams are encouraged to pursue a topic of interest or concern to them. All topics must be approved by the instructor on or before the eighth week of class.
XV. NEWS ARTICLE COMPENDIUM:. Each student will prepare a collection of news articles over the first seven weeks of CS-300. The folder will contain six news articles, one per 8.5 by 11 inch sheet of paper. They can be cut or copied from newspapers or magazines. Each page should show the title and date of the publication as well as the page number. Students are expected to bring these articles to class and be prepared to discuss them starting on the third week. They should include articles covering the social or political impact of computers today.
XVI. BOOK ANALYSIS: Students present information from a book of their own choosing regarding an area from CS-300. Five to ten minutes to include taking questions from the class.
XVII. WEEKLY EXERCISES: The following exercises must be prepared for the chapters as indicated.
Chapter 1: 1.3, 1.4, 1.9, 1.16, 1.24 Chapter 6: 6.2, 6.7, 6.8, 6.14, 6.26
Chapter 2: 2.2, 2.5, 2.8, 2.9, 2.11, 2.37 Chapter 7: 7.5, 7.6, 7.7, 7.11, 7.18, 7.20
Chapter 3: 3.1, 3.3, 3.6, 3.7, 3.11, 3.15 Chapter 8: 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.6, 8.8, 8.12
Chapter 4: 4.6, 4.8, 4.11, 4.17, 4.18 Chapter 9: 9.1, 9.3, 9.5, 9.6, 9.10, 9.13
Chapter 5: 5.2, 5.3, 5.7, 5.8, 5.13, 5.19 Chapter 10: Prepare Cases 10.3.1 through 10.3.10