2 lectures per week, 50 minutes each (2-0-2).
Designation: Required Course
Course Level: Undergraduate
Prerequisite(s) by Topic:
- No programming or computer science experience is required.
- Good background in high-school and prep-year English should be sufficient to appreciate the solutions of basic ethical problems.
Impact of Computing on Society; Ethical Foundations; Governance and Regulation; Freedom of Speech; Intellectual Property; Privacy; Security; Professional Responsibility; Leadership challenge.
- Ethics in Information Technology by George Reynolds, 2nd Edition, Thomson Course Technology, 2007.
- Reference(s) and Other Material:
- A Gift of Fire by Sara Baase. 2nd Edition. Pearson Education Inc., 2003.
- Morality and Machines by Stacy Edgar. 2nd Edition. Jones and Bartlett, 2003.
- The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes, and Barry Posner. 3rd Edition. Wiley (Jossey-Bass), 2002.
- After completion of this course, the student shall be able to:
- Describe and evaluate consequences of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
- Critically analyze situations of computer use and technology and policy proposals, identifying the salient issues and evaluating the reasoning about them.
- Understand philosophical frameworks of ethics.
- Communicate clearly with others, in writing and in speech, about computing impacts.
- Describe the characteristics of a good leader.
- Topics Covered:
- Ethics for IT professionals and IT Users
- Computer and Internet Crime
- Freedom of Expression
- Intellectual Property
- Computers and Work
- Employer Employee Issues
- Impact of IT on quality of life