Spring 2023 - CMPT 105W E100

Social Issues and Communication Strategies in Computing Science (3)

Class Number: 6485

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
    AQ 3182, Burnaby

    We 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    SWH 10081, Burnaby

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

This course teaches the fundamentals of informative and persuasive communication for professional engineers and computer scientists. A principal goal of this course is to assist students in thinking critically about various contemporary technical, social, and ethical issues. It focuses on communicating technical information clearly and concisely, managing issues of persuasion when communicating with diverse audiences, presentation skills, and teamwork. Students with credit for ENSC 102, ENSC 105W, MSE 101W or SEE 101W may not take CMPT 105W for further credit. Writing.

COURSE DETAILS:

This course is a rigorous introduction to writing and presentation for computing science students. Students will learn about social issues related to computing sciences, as well as techniques in effective and efficient communication.

Topics:

  • Inventing, organizing, and planning for writing
  • Drafting and research
  • Revising and editing
  • Layout of resumes and cover letters
  • Design for presentations
  • Conventions for referencing and organizing papers
  • Social responsibility in Computing: ethics, privacy, free speech, etc.

Grading

NOTES:

Written Assignments, Participation, Tests/Quizzes, and possibly Presentations. A more detailed marking scheme will be provided in the first lecture.

Students must attain an overall passing grade on the weighted average of exams in the course in order to obtain a clear pass (C- or better).

Materials

MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:

Additional materials will be provided via the course website.

REQUIRED READING:

  • Strategies for Engineering Communication
  • Steve Whitmore, Susan Stevenson
  • John Wiley and Sons
  • 2002

ISBN: 9780471128175

  • Ethics for the Information Age, 8th Edition
  • Michael J. Quinn
  • Pearson
  • 2020

ISBN: 9780135218013

REQUIRED READING NOTES:

Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/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