CSC (B.S.) and CTC (B.A.) may substitute this course for
the General Education Area F2 Integrative Studies in the Natural
Sciences requirement (3 units). Please contact the University
Advisement Center to request the course substitution.
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Teaching Assistant: TBA
TuTh 7:00 - 8:15 PM in NSM B252
January 22 - May 11, 2018, only, excluding holidays and recess
S.: A Gift of Fire: Social,
Legal, and Ethical Issues for
Computers and the Internet, (4th ed. is required; the students may
use 3rd edition, instead, at their own risk), Prentice Hall, 2012
(web info at:
be assigned in class.
CSC101, or CSC111, or CSC115, or CSC 121, or CIS
270, or consent of instructor.
Prerequisites by topic: Familiarity with programming or IT.
This interdisciplinary course covers ethical,
economic, political, societal, and theoretical implications and
limitations of the uses of digital computers. It focuses primarily on integration of students’
knowledge within these diverse areas.
provide introduction to and exposition of complex societal issues
related to and/or caused by computers and their rapid proliferation,
with particular emphasis on ethical, legal, psychological,
economic, political, and theoretical implications and
limitations of the
uses of digital computers, the Internet, and computer-based information
course, the student will have a general
understanding of complex societal issues related to and/or caused by
computers and their rapid proliferation. The student will possess a
basic knowledge of legal and ethical principles and codes that apply to
these issues. Moreover, the student will acquire ability to research,
analyze, and criticize positions and opinions about
these issues. The knowledge learned in this course is supposed to
provide a guidance in
student's future professional endeavors. Other particular objectives
are listed in the textbook at the beginning of each covered chapter
even if roll is not called. Those absent, disruptive, inappropriately
late may lose credit for attendance and miss assignments. It is
responsibility to find out what was covered and assigned during the
classes he/she missed.
covered chapter will conclude with a multiple-choice test. The date of
each test will be announced one class in advance, so be prepared.
Each test requires one scantron
form 882-E that you are required to
purchase and bring with you to class.
the material discussed
in class and assigned readings.
are the minimal requirements for any given letter grade.
with disabilities, who believe they may need an academic adjustment in
this class, are encouraged to contact Disabled Student Services as soon
as possible to better ensure receipt of timely adjustments.
Student behavior in class is expected to be respectful and appropriate
and not disruptive to the learning environment.
or disruptive behavior
includes, but is not limited to, coming to class late, leaving class
early, talking to other students or walking in front of the classroom
while the professor is lecturing, talking on cell phones, texting or
using Skype during class, being rude and disrespectful to the
instructor or fellow students, reading non-class materials (newspaper,
magazines, etc. on line or hard copy) while in class and sleeping.
Electronic devices not allowed in class:
Cellular telephones, CD players, radios, iPods, and similar devices are to be turned off while in
class. No exceptions.
Please, dress appropriately for a university class. Tank-tops are not allowed.
university policy with regard to scholastic honesty. In this class,
submission for credit of any assignment, program, test, or examination
not the student's original work or contains portions of someone else's
work without being clearly and specifically identified as such, as well
as cheating on tests or examination, are violations that will
automatically yield zero credit for the submitted work and may also
result in an F grade in
the course or in university disciplinary action, or both.
Academic Inegrity policies are listed in the Catalog. You are supposed
to know what they are, including definitions of cheating, plagiarism,
and dishonesty. A link below has been provided for your conveninece:
additional materials on plagiarism. I strongly recommend that
familiarize yourself with these as well.
and responsibility for assigning grades to students rests with the
faculty. A grade appeal is permitted when a student can show clear
evidence that a grade was contrary to procedures as specified in the
course syllabus, was based on prejudice, was capricious, or was the
result of computational or clerical error. The presumption is that the
grades assigned are correct until there is a clear demonstration
otherwise. The burden of proof is heavy, and it rests with the student
who is appealing.