CSIT 302 The Impact of Computers on Society

Catalog Description: 

Computer technology is a driving factor in globalization. This course studies the past, present and future impact of computer and communications technology on society, education, government and the workplace around the world. Topics covered cross national, cultural, and continental boundaries.

Prerequisite: 
Completion of the Social and Behavioral Analysis section or Historical Analysis section or Philosophical Inquiry section of the Core or permission of the instructor.
Credits: 
3
Offered: 
First semester
Required or Elective: 
Required for the BS in Computer Science. Also satisfies the Global Perspectives category of the Core Curriculum.
Level: 
Foundation
Coordinator: 
Elizabeth Chang
Current Textbook: 

Sara Baase, A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues for Computing Technology, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2013

Topics covered: 
  • Privacy and Information
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Intellectual Property
  • Computer Crime
  • Computers and Work
  • Evaluating Technology
  • Errors, Failures, and Risk
  • Professional Ethics
Student Learning Outcomes: 

On completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Execute responsible individual judgment in areas of free speech, privacy and intellectual property protections;
  2. Demonstrate fundamental understanding of how computers and information technology are used in a various venues;
  3. Critically assess the significance of computers and information technology and their impact on human society;
  4. Effectively communicate on Cyber Ethics issues in both oral and written format;
  5. Understand how society's values and views have changed as a result of the impact of computers and technology in our lives;
  6. Evaluate legal and ethical implications of institutional IT policy.
Relation of Course Outcomes to Program Outcomes: 

 

CSIT 302 Student Outcomes (SOs)
Course Learning Outcomes a b c d e f g h i j k
1. Execute responsive individual judgment in areas of free speech, privacy and intellectual property protections;          ✔    ✔        
2. Demonstrate fundamental understanding of how computers and information technology are used in a various venues;                  
3. Critically assess the significance of computers and information technology and their impact on human society;                    
4. Effectively communicate on computer ethics issues in both oral and written format;                    
5. Understand how society's values and views have changed as a result of the impact of computers and technology in our lives;                    
6. Evaluate legal and ethical implications of institutional IT policy.                    
Role in Assessment: 

See the pages "BSCS Course Matrix" and "BSCS Courses for Assessment"

 This course contributes to the assessment of the following SOs and PIs.

SO PI Strategy
e e.2 Examine ethical questions using appropriate nomenclature. Discuss technology-related ethical issues.
f f.2

Groups of students will research and present on a current development in technology that will have impact on the way we live

f f.4

Students will support a thesis with a researched persuasive essay specific to a contemporary issue/controversy related to Computer Technology.

g g.1 Discuss issues related to the use of technology in society, including the Digital Divide and the Law of Disruption.
g g.2 Discuss issues related to technology design, including categories of failures and errors, with examples.

 


 

 

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