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Computing Ethics (500320-2)

 Course hashtag #computing_ethics

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~Course Information:

    Course syllabus - student version

Code

500320-2

Title

Computing Ethics

Credit Hrs

3-0:3

Semester

1

Academic Year

Fall2013-2014

Pre/Co Requisites

2004404-2 Islamic Culture (4)

Instructor

Office Hours/ Location

Email

Teaching Assistants

Dr. Salha M. Alzahrani

Sun. 8am-10am
Tues. 10am-12pm
Wed. 8am-2pm
Garwa deanship block, Room 1630

admin@c2learn.com

s.zahrani@tu.edu.sa

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Course Format

Lecture Time/Venue

Course Website

Lectures: 28/Section

Lab: 28/Section

Section 700: Sun. (12-2pm), Section 1690: Thurs. (8-10am),  Section 699: Thurs. (10am-12pm),  Section 698: Thurs. (12-2pm),  

www.c2learn.com/computing_ethics/

http://lms.tu.edu.sa/

~Synopsis:

This course provides a general overview of the social and ethical issues in computing. Students will learn about the impacts on and implications of the development, management and use of technology in various aspects. Emphasis is given to the issues which are relevant to the field of Information Systems. The course will involve the students in case study analysis, ethical thinking and ethical decision making. Examples of issues discussed are: intellectual property rights, privacy issues, gender and IT.

~Course Objectives:

CO1 : Appreciate the importance of ethics in computing through critically reflecting on major issues in computer ethics such as privacy, intellectual property and gender issues .
CO2 : Understand the concept of different ethical theories and their impact on ethical analysis .

~Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course, the students will be able to:
CLO1 : Understand and apply the basics of ethics for the field of computing .
CLO2 : Become familiar with professional and ethical responsibilities .
CLO3 : Become aware of ethical issues related to privacy, security, intellectual property, gender .
CLO4 : Become able to involve in a managerial and decision-making with regards to computer ethical issues .
CLO5 : Able to use some of the ethical theories to analyse ethical cases .
CLO6 : Able to analyse ethical situations and suggest technological, organisational and societal solutions .

~Course Schedule:

Week

Topic

Slides

Assignment(s)/
Lab Exercise(s)

Quiz(zes)

0

An introduction to the course, teaching philosophy, other course-related issues

Lecture_0 -  

1

General introduction: What is Computer/Information Ethics?  Lecture_1 Case study: The Disgruntled Consultants
In-Class Activities - Chapter 1
 

2

An introduction to ethical theories: What is ethics? Why be ethical? Lecture_2    

3
 

Ethical theories (continue)

A discussion on a computer ethics related case study
Lecture_2 continued Case study: Whose Program is This
Case study: It's Never Right to Copy Software
 

4
 

Computer hacking

A discussion on a computer ethics related case study
Lecture_3 Case study: A Harmless Prank  

5
 

Aspect of computer crime               

A discussion on a computer ethics related case study
Lecture_4 Case study: The Case of Craig Neidorf
Case study: Censorship at New England University
 

0

Mid-term Exam? To be confirmed      

6
 

Intellectual Property Rights

A discussion on a computer ethics related case study
Lecture_5 Case study: The IBM - Fujitsu Dispute
Case study: Piracy on the Internet
 

7

Regulating Internet content  Lecture_6    

8

Privacy         

A discussion on a computer ethics related case study
Lecture_7    

9

Computer Technology: accessibility issue

A discussion on a computer ethics related case study
     

10

Empowering computers in the workplace      

A discussion on a computer ethics related case study
     

11

The use of artificial intelligence and expert system

A discussion on a computer ethics related case study
     

12

The failure of It Projects                  

A discussion on a computer ethics related case study
   

13

Code of Conduct        

     

14

Revision? To be confirmed                

A discussion on a computer ethics related case study
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15&16

Final Exam?  To be confirmed according to the College calendar

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Important Downloads:

Academic vocabulary list 
Computing Ethics glossary

~Course Assessment:

Course Assessment (Structure/Dates)

 

%

Date

 

%

Date

Class Contribution *

20

 Every week

MidTerm(s)

20

Week 8  

Two Quizzes **

20

Weeks 7 and  14

Final Exam

40

Week 16

~Text/References:

Main Textbook:
Duqueenoy, P, Jones, S, and Biundell, B (2008), Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Computing, Pearson

Other Reference(s):
-  Quinn, M (2013), Ethics  in The Information Age, Addison Wesley ·        
-  Himma, Ken &Tavani, Herman (eds.) (2008): Handbook of Computer and Information Ethics. Wiley. ·        
-  Mingers, J., &Walsham, G. (2010). Toward ethical information systems: the contribution of discourse ethics., MIS Quarterly, 34(4), 833-854.
-  Advanced reading topics from www.emeraldinsight.com/info/journals/jices/jices.jsp.

~Course Policies:

Attendance

it is compulsory for students to attend at least 75% of the whole time allocated to the course. More than four (4) unjustified absences will make you ineligible for the course.

Class Contribution

students are expected to read ethical case studies in computing and be prepared for a class discussion every week.

Quizzes

students are informed about the date of their quizzes. Check the above course schedule to see when a quiz is due.

Mid-terms and Finals

exams are closed books. Students who did not attend the mid-term due to exceptional situations (e.g., medical emergency) will see their mid-term result calculated from their final. 0.75 * Final exam mark will be used as their mid-term result.

Plagiarism

student caught cheating will be awarded a 0 in the exam and may be subject to university disciplinary actions.

Disability

students with disability need to approach the course instructor so that commodities will be put in place to assist them. This is done in a personal and confidential manner.

 


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