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CIS 350—Computers and Society

Spring 2002 Syllabus

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to re-do an assignment for a better grade shortly after receiving your grade; ask; but in no case will a redone assignment receive a grade higher than 90.

The grade distribution for the course will be approximately as follows:

Assignment

Percentage of Semester Grade

Community Service Internship

—OR—

Research Project

25%

Participation in Online/In-class Discussion

20%

Ethics Case Analysis (Group Assignment)

10%

Several shorter assignments

20%

Midterm Exam

10%

Final Exam

15%

Community Service Internship:

You will have the opportunity to spend 30 hours this semester in the employ of a Newark-area non-profit organization using your computer/technical skills to help that organization achieve it’s goals.  Typically non-profit organizations have very limited resources and cannot afford to hire professional computer programmers or consultants to build and maintain their systems.  The goal of this assignment is to give you valuable experience doing real work in your field and at the same time help improve the community that hosts our school.

The internships will be coordinated by Ms. Vivian Lanzot (lanzot@njit.edu) through NJIT’s Office of Career Development Services located on the 4th floor of Campbell Hall.  There will be several orientation sessions at the beginning of the semester coordinated by Ms. Lanzot.  The details for this assignment will be posted on the course website.

Research Project:

The alternative to the Community Service Internship, is to join one of several available group research projects, in which you will perform a literature review, collect actual data, and analyze that data. The research project will involve a significant amount of your time and energy and will result in a roughly 30 page report to be turned in at the end of the semester ( including appendices, such as interview transcripts).

Each of the projects is limited to about 10 people and is voluntarily led by a CIS 350 instructor or a Ph.D. student. The options available for the spring will be posted by the week in which you are to make a project choice.

Online Participation:

The topics of this course will be very relevant to your personal and professional lives.  The best way for you and your classmates to see that is to participate in discussions about these topics.  Failure to participate is to rob yourself and your classmates of the opportunity to make this class truly interesting at a personal level.  There will be weekly

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