|Instructor:||G. Hill Price|
|Meeting Time:||11:00 - 11:50 MonWedFri (Section ONE), 1:00 - 1:50 MonWedFri (Section TWO)|
|Meeting Place:||Dragas 1117|
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have gained an increased awareness of the relative impact that the technological development of the digital computer has had and is expected have on society. The primary focus will be on the problems posed by and benefits offered by computers. Students will research areas of computers in society along with the technological hardware advances and the software that are used in the systems. Students will explore the applications of computers in education, government, business, transportation, medicine, and the home. The secondary focus will evaluate the impacts of computers on personal privacy, constitutional issues, computer crime and fraud, and the importance of studying reliability and encryption. The views and opinions of all students will be presented in open forum discussions on specific topics. The students will be partly responsible for the "current events" component of the lectures. The text focuses more on the problems and their possible solutions in relation to the secondary focus. We will utilize other resources to augment the benefits portion of our discussions.
The subject area of "Computers in Society" is so vast that CS 300 can do nothing more than scratch the surface. We will aim for breadth rather than depth in the lectures and for depth rather than breadth in the forum presentations and written assignments. We will strive to strike a balance between a systematic approach and a current-events dominated approach. Current event presentations will begin each class period, and may consequently drive each lecture. However, we will utilize textbooks to keep us on course for a broad exposure to the issues to be addressed.
In addition to the required text, supplements from the World Wide Web will be utilized. The instructor's web page contains copies of the syllabus, project, and forum descriptions. It also contains copies of the presentation slides used in the lectures and a list of useful URLs.
The following topics are planned:
Each class will include a discussion of current events concerning computers and their impact on the related societal topic. It is expected that students will contribute significantly to this discussion. Information may be found in any of the following areas, but is certainly not limited to them: newspapers, magazines, television, and the Internet. As this is an important part of the class, participation in this segment will form a portion of the final grade.
Each student will complete a project that will consist of a final paper. The project must address issues relevant to the spectrum of course topics.
Students will be placed into groups of 4 or 5 students to prepare a forum presentation, which will summarize salient issues relative to a given topic. The intent is to educate the class and incite class discussion.
Students must perform unbiased Internet Research on each of the first eight topics of the course pertaining to a given societal area. The results of that research must be summarized and documented with appropriate online references. The summaries are to be submitted in the form of a Wiki post in Blackboard with eight posts required.
Students will be asked to contribute to the more biased or personal opinion/experience aspects of the course. In the first week, students will start a blog with a description of themselves and continue with their viewpoints on a self selected theme from an assigned topic. These documents will be submitted as a personal blog in Blackboard. Students will be required to monitor the responses made to their blogs by others in the course. It is expected, as the author of the blog, that a reasonable update be made in response to at least one comment. Students are required to read the blog posts made by other students and provide comments to at least one.
There will be NO tests.
Grading will be on a standard numerical scale (90-100 A, 80-89 B, 70-79 C, 60-69 D, below 60 F). Final grades will be based on the following weights:
|Wiki Posts - 8 required of each student||20%|
|Create Personal Blog||10%|
|Monitoring Blog Comments with at least one response||5%|
|Commenting on another Blog||5%|
|Forum (Group Project) Presentation||20%|
|Forum Collaborative Critique||5%|
|Forum Critiques of other groups||10%|
The following dates should be noted:
|Jan 13||Forum Group preferences (if any)|
|Jan 16||MLK Holiday|
|Jan 17||Drop/Add Deadline|
|Jan 25||Forum topics/dates due|
|Jan 30||Group Assignment ONE due|
|Feb 13||Written project prospectus due|
|Mar 5 - 10||Spring Break|
|Mar 27||Last day to withdraw|
|Apr 23||Last class|
Read the Classroom Rules. (Some items are NOT applicable to TV classes.)
If the course research paper is not turned in on the due date or the presentation dates are missed, a grade of ZERO will be assigned for the missed grading element unless the instructor has given permission. Any student who fails to perform in a satisfactory manner on the forum project may not pass the course regardless of the student's overall point total.
Because the class period is important and discussions cannot be reproduced, absences cannot be made up. Excessive absences may have a negative effect on a student's learning and performance. Any student who must miss a class is expected to have the initiative necessary to properly cover the material missed (i.e. assignment given or modified, due dates established or modified, any handouts, etc.). Students must meet all course deadlines.