CS 105 Computer Ethics and Society
Computer Science Department

Spring 2013, 1 Credit - George Mason University


This is a 10-week course and the final exam will be in class on the 11th week.

Section

Day

Time

Location

Class Dates

Final Exam

001

F

1:30-2:45pm

ENGR 2608

1/25 - 4/5

4/12

002

F

3:00-4:15pm

ENGR 1108

1/25 - 4/5

4/12


Instructor: Prof. Tamara Maddox Email: tmaddox@gmu.edu Phone: 703-993-1525

Office hours (ENGR 5347): Mon. 9:30-11:30 a.m., immediately after class, or by appt

Teaching Assistant (Office Hours available by appointment)

Chris Reffett

Reffett@gmu.edu


Contact

If you are experiencing difficulty with the course, please contact the instructor or UTA for assistance. We are here to help you learn. Blackboard is the primary resource, but office hours and email are also available. When communicating by email, please be specific in the subject line about the course, section number and topic to avoid being flagged as spam. E.g. Subject: CS 105 Section 002 / Question about Kantianism


Materials

Course Description
Legal, social, and ethical issues surrounding use of computers and the internet. The course will stress ethical decision-making as well as legal and social responsibility in connection with technology-related concerns. Issues such as security, crime, privacy and intellectual property will be examined in the context of computer use. Students may be requested to conduct research on the internet in any of these areas and/or learn to use practical technological tools related to privacy and security.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will understand many of the key ethical, legal and social issues related to information technology and how to interpret and comply with ethical principles, laws, regulations and institutional policies.
  2. Students will understand the essential issues related to information security, how to take precautions and use techniques and tools to defend against computer crimes.

Prerequisites: None

General Education:
This course has been approved to satisfy the GMU General Education requirement for one credit of IT Ethics.

Special Accommodations: Students with disabilities who need academic accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services at (703) 993-2474. We are happy to accommodate your disability, but all arrangements must be made through the ODS.

Course Work
This is a discussion-based course. You are expected to attend all course meetings and participate in conversations about course material as well as in-class activities relevant to the course. To facilitate this, assigned readings are to be done before class.

There are two major writing assignments to be done outside of class, which comprise a substantial portion of the overall grade. Additional work such as outside research, group presentations, or contributing to discussion board topics may be assigned.

It is important that you attend class on a regular basis. You may attend an alternate lecture session presented by the same instructor if you miss your own. However, unless you obtain advance approval from your instructor, you may not receive credit for class participation when attending a section by a different instructor.

Grading and Evaluation
Grading will be based on two major assignments, in-class quizzes, class participation (incl. Blackboard postings), and the final exam. These are weighted as follows:

2 Out-of-class assignments

30%

In-class quizzes

20%

Final Exam

30%

Class Participation (incl. attendance, preparation and homework)

20%


Policies

Unless otherwise specified, all papers and other written assignments are to be individual efforts. Certain portions of group assignments may require individual efforts as well. Be careful to follow instructions regarding acceptable group efforts. Plagiarism is governed by the GMU Honor Code and will not be tolerated. Instances of cheating and/or plagiarism will be referred to the Honor Committee.

Absences and Participation Credit Any absences from class for health or emergency reasons are excusable only if reasonable notice is provided, in advance if possible.

Late Work - Unless an extension has been given, late assignments will carry a daily penalty (typically 5-10%) for every day late (up to 50%). Pay attention to deadlines!

IMPORTANT NOTICE: None of the information presented in this course should be considered specific legal advice. Each situation is unique and requires individual attention. Students with individual legal concerns should not rely on information obtained in this course in making any legal decisions. Should you have a problem or concern requiring legal attention, you should seek specific advice from an attorney of your choosing.