NJIT CIS 350—Computers and Society
Course Syllabus—Spring 2003 (DL- section 454)
Dr. Roxanne Hiltz and Peishih Chang ("double" section)
(Note: some additional readings may be added during the course of the semester or changes in assignments may be made. )
The goals of this course are as follows. Upon the completion of this course you should:
Know the good and bad ways computers affect people.
You will be familiar with the variety of topics and studies in the area of Computers and Society.
Understand theories of ethical decision making.
You will know the types of ethical and legal dilemmas that you will face as a computer professional, and you will understand your responsibility as a professional in those situations.
Be able to read critically and understand the professional literature in the field. Whenever you read new information you will learn to ask the questions:
How valid and generalizable are these observations or results?
Might they be limited to a specific type of computer system, a specific social context, or a specific type of implementation?
Was the author biased in any way?
4. Improve your ability to communicate about social and ethical issues in the computing sciences, in writing and orally.
Realize a permanent change in your professional attitude towards computers.
In the future, whenever you are in the position of designing, implementing, or managing a computer system or working with other computer professionals you will understand your responsibilities and the impacts your work has on society.
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