CS 301: Social Implications of Computer Technology

Course Syllabus

Fall, 2022

Section 1001: 1-1:50pm Mon; TBE B-176

Section 1002: 10-10:50 Tues; TBE B-176

Section 1003: 2:30-3:20 Wed; TBE B-176

Prof. Hal Berghel; office: TBE B-378A; phone: 702-895-2441;

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office hours: Monday-Friday - 9 am to 9:50 am and by appointment

Teaching Assistants: T.B.D.

ofc hrs: t.b.d.


Course Description:

Examination of ethical and social issues relating to the use of computing and networking technology. Discussion of social trends and their possible effects. Review and discussion of the ACM Code of Ethics for computing professionals.

General notes:

  1. the Syllabus for this course will be maintained on the instructor's website at www.berghel.net/sat
  2. Assigned readings will be provided as an ONLINE TEXT. come from online resources, many if not most of which were written by the instructor - think of them collectively as the course textbook. There may be an occasional external resource as well.  In either case, URLs for the readings will be clearly identified as such in this syllabus. Time permitting, I will discuss all reading assignments in the lectures. However, you will be responsible for all reading assignments whether or not they are discussed in the lectures.
  3. Test questions covering the reading assinments are available in the class STUDY GUIDE . All exam questions will come from this study guide. If an assigned reading is not covered in the study guide, there will be no questions on that reading on an exam. (Note that I use this study guide for several classes, so not all study guide content relates to CS301).
  4. UNLV POLICES AND RESOURCES
    1. The current UNLV policies that govern instruction are posted on the website of the The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost at http://provost.unlv.edu/policies.html. Pay special attention to the semester memo under "S".
    2. In addition, please familiarize yourself with the following:
      1. Writing Center Statement
      2. Tutoring Availability
    3. UNLV information that might be of interest
      1. UNLV 2021 safety report
      2. UNLV campus police crime log
      3. UNLV Institutional Metrics
    4. Covid Information: no recent updates
  5. Supplementary references:
    1. Jaron Lanier, Ten Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Accounts Right Now, Picador reprint, 2019.
    2. Richard Spinello, Cyberethics: Morality and Law in Cyberspace, 7th ed., Jones and Bartlett, 2021.
  6. Formats for written work. For CS301, provide references for all non-original material. Quotation according to the principles of "fair use" under the U.S. Copyright laws apply. i.e., quoting and identifying a source is acceptable, plagiarizing a source is not. Any student found to have plagiarized will receive an "F" for the assignment. If you have any questions about this policy, consult with the instructor.
  7. I may change the syllabus based on the feedback on, and pace of, the lectures, so check the syllabus frequently and note changes. If you have any questions about the syllabus, ask them in class or send email to instructor or TA.
  8. GRADING SCALE: Grading will be on a standard "university scale," i.e., 90-100=A; 80-89=B; etc. I curve the exams so that the mean is at least 75%. The contribution of exams, homework, projects, etc. will vary but will be explained in the syllabus at the time of assignment.
  9. Your FINAL GRADE will be determined by:

    -or, in the case of exceptional circumstances and with the permission of the instructor-

What you will need for your presentation:

  1. A small USB memory stick formatted in either NTFS or FAT32 (preferred) for your presentation slides. I recommend against accessing your slides from a cloud service because of the delays involved. However, understand that your presentation will be limited to 10 minutes including any time spent accessing your slides.
  2. You will need access to a computer that can be used to prepare your presentation slides. The UNLV Office of IT has Windows labs for students on campus. Alternative formats such as PDF are acceptable so long as OIT can confirm that they can be rendered by the classroom computer.
  3. Only hardcopy will be accepted (these documents will be retained for ABET accreditation purposes). To minimize the amount of paper used, you must submit the slides "handout style" 4 or 6 to a page, double sided. Failure to use handout style will result in a 25% grade penalty. The course TA will provide advice on how to print handout style should you need help.

ABET Course Outcomes:

Syllabus

(reminder: When UNLV closes during the classweek, students are advised to attend other sections. You are still responsible for the material covered.)

General Overview of Course

Lectures by date and topics: (see the CS301 online text for specific reading assignments.)

Week of August 29: Technology, Information, and Innovation

Week of September 5: Disinformatics

Week of September 12: Information Technology and Democracy

Week of September 19: The World of Computing, Professional Ethics and You (lecture and readings relate directly to ABET Student Learning Outcome 4, above).

Week of September 26: Review/Exam Preparation

Week of October 3- Mid-Term Exam -Exams is "closed everything": e.g., "closed book," "closed notes," PDAs and computers turned off, cell phones off, etc. The detection of any mobile device in use will result in an exam grade of F. Make sure to confirm that you have the latest revision of the study guide.

Student Presentations Begin (Speakers: provide slides in handout form to instructor on your way to the lectern. USB port available on lectern computer. Attendance will be taken!)

Week of October 10 - Student Presentations

  1. section 1001 (Monday)
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  2. section 1002 (Tuesday)
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  3. section 1003 (Wednesday)
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Week of October 17 - Student Presentations

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  2. section 1002 (Tuesday)
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  3. section 1003 (Wednesday)
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Week of October 24 - Student Presentations

  1. section 1001 (Monday)
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  2. section 1002 (Tuesday)
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  3. section 1003 (Wednesday)
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Week of October 31 - Student Presentations

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  2. section 1002 (Tuesday)
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  3. section 1003 (Wednesday)
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Week of November 7 - Student Presentations

  1. section 1001 (Monday)
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  2. section 1002 (Tuesday)
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  3. section 1003 (Wednesday)
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Week of November 14 - Student Presentations

  1. section 1001
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  2. section 1002
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  3. section 1003
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Week of November 21 - Student Presentations

  1. section 1001
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  2. section 1002
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  3. section 1003
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Week of November 28 - Student Presentations

  1. section 1001
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  2. section 1002
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  3. section 1003
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Week of December 5- Student Outcome Assessment, review of ACM Code of Ethics, and course review (Re: ABET Student Learning Outcome 4, above).