CS 3111 Syllabus

Fall 2013

CS 3111 Course Description

Textbooks and Materials

Course Objectives

This course encourages students to reflect on the humanitarian, social, and cultural aspects of computer and information technology. These aspects include important issues: intellectual property, privacy, security, reliability, and professional ethics. We will also examine possible impact on the economic world and the way people work.

Course Organization

The course meets four times a week. Three of the meetings are devoted to lecture and discussion. In these meetings class participation is expected. The fourth meeting is devoted to in-class writing assignments based on selected readings from S&T.

Topics and Readings

For each of these topics, appropriate readings will be selected from S&T. The selected readings will be announced in the course calendar at least one week in advance. The Thursday 12:00 class meetings will be devoted to writing papers on the selected readings.

Grading Basis

Item Points Percent
Writing Assignments (9@20) 180 30
Presentation 120 20
Exams (3@80) 240 40
Class Participation 60 10

Exam Dates

Exam Coverage Date
Midterm 1 Quinn Chapters 1, 2, 3 Friday, October 4
Midterm 2 Quinn Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7 Monday, November 11
Final Exam Quinn Chapters 8, 9, 10 Wednesday December 18, 0800-0955

CS 3111 Policies