CS 105 Computer Ethics and Society, 1 unit
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
Department of Computer Science
Course Description – Summer 2007
Section A01 Wednesday 7:00-10:05 p.m. Robinson B104
Class Dates: 5/23-6/20 Final Exam: 6/22/07
Instructor: Michael Tompkins
Tel. (703) 993-1530 Email:
Office hours: After class in classroom and by appointment
Undergraduate Teaching Assistants -- Office Hours Available upon Request
Section A01: Stephen Mouring, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Office: TBD)
All Sections will use WebCT for communications and for out-of-class discussion. Students are responsible for checking WebCT on a regular basis. For WebCT link, click here.
FINAL EXAM DATE => Friday, June 22, 2007.
REQUIRED TEXT: Quinn, Michael J., "Ethics for the Information Age" 2nd Ed., Add. Wesley, 2006.
Legal, social, and ethical issues surrounding software development and computer use. Professional conduct, social responsibility and rigorous standards for software testing and reliability will be stressed. Issues such as liability, intellectual property rights, privacy, security, and crime will be examined in the context of computer use. Students are expected to be able to conduct research on the Internet.
COURSE PREREQUISITE: Completion of at least 12 credit hours.
CLASS SCHEDULE: See WebCT for assignment details and any class slides or
1. Out-of-class Assignments (35%)
2. Quizzes (15%)
3. Instructor Evaluation (incl. in-class assignments and class particip.) (15%)
4. Final Exam (35%)
Instructor evaluation criteria may vary from section to section. Any questions regarding late penalties or specific requirements for your section should be addressed directly to your individual UTA or instructor. If you email questions, please indicate your full name, class section and reason for your message in the subject line of your email (e.g. Smith, Bob / CS 105-005 / Assignment #1).
Note: *NO* assignments will be accepted for credit after the final regular class session for your section.
This class relies strongly on class participation. Therefore, it is important that you attend class on a regular basis. While you are welcome to attend an alternate lecture session if you miss your own, please note that you may *not* rely on different sections to present the same materials. Similarly, unless you obtain advance approval from your instructor, you may not receive credit for class participation or other in-class activities when attending a section other than your own.
** 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.
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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.