Spring 2018 - CMPT 322W D100

Professional Responsibility and Ethics (3)

Class Number: 12447

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    SUR 3310, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 12, 2018
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    Three CMPT units, 30 total units, and any lower division W course.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

The theory and practice of computer ethics. The basis for ethical decision-making and the methodology for reaching ethical decisions concerning computing matters will be studied. Writing as a means to understand and reason about complex ethical issues will be emphasized. Students with credit for CMPT 322 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

COURSE DETAILS:

This course explores the theory and practice of computer ethics: the basis for ethical decision-making and the methodology for reaching ethical decisions concerning computing matters will be studied. This course will involve lectures by the instructor, lectures by visiting lecturers, in-class discussion, individual and group class presentations, and case analysis. Writing as a means to understand and reason about complex ethical issues will be emphasized. This is a W course.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

- An overview of ethical theories
- Defining the field of computer ethics
- Professional responsibility
- Computers in the workplace
- Computing implications in medicine, education, and the government
- Free speech, privacy, and intellectual property issues
- Implications of artificial intelligence

Grading

  • Writing assignments will include some or all of the following: analysis of case studies, online forum postings, shorter essays/analyses, and a final scholarly analysis of a chosen topic. Also, each student is expected to make at least one individual and/or group presentation during the term. A detailed marking scheme will be announced in class.

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Ethics for the Information Age (7th edition), Michael J. Quinn, Addison-Wesley, 2017
ISBN: 9780134296548

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS