This course covers the social impact, implications, and effects, of computers on society, and the responsibilities of computer professionals in directing the emerging technology. Topics include the history of computing, the legal and ethical responsibilities of professionals, the risks to the public, Internet censorship, industrial intelligence gathering, intellectual property issues and software copyrights, environmental concerns, medical and biotechnology ethics, hacking, professional liability, “malware” and viruses, whistle blowing, privacy, data security, and universal accessibility. The course includes literate business writing, oral presentations, debates, job hunting and interviewing, professional etiquette, critical thinking, and peer reviewing.
Course Learning Outcomes:
1) Students shall be able to review and analyze the effects of computer technology in society, and anticipate the impact of that technology on people, companies, and the community.
2) Students shall demonstrate an understanding of anonymity, spam, and how to protect privacy using laws and regulations.
3) Students shall be able to characterize the issues and controversies surrounding free speech, intellectual property, copyright laws and fair use.
4) Students shall demonstrate an ability to use the underlying concepts of technology, ethical behavior, and professional codes of ethics in personal and professional decision-making.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Schedule Types: Lecture, Tutorial
Computer Science & Mathematics Division
Computer Science Department
Social Science Requirement
May not be enrolled in one of the following Programs:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Degrees: