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CIS 350—Computers and Society

Spring 2002 Syllabus

Page 5 of 10

1.

Kling, R.  "Social Analyses of Computing"  Computing Surveys, 12(1), March 1980; YOU ARE REQUIRED TO LOOK ONLY AT THE TWO PAGE SUMMARY CHART on the six perspectives.  The rest of the article is optional.

2.

Johnson Chapter 1

Assignments:

1.

WebBoard Tutorial

2.

Self-Introduction on the course WebBoard

3.

Optional: chat session Tuesday Jan 21, 8 pm, on Webboard.

4.

Questions for discussion ( this week and every week), on WebBoard.  

Week 2—Research Methodology Used by Social Researchers of Computing

During this week we will discuss the scientific method and the techniques that researchers use to further our understanding of how computers impact our daily lives.  You will acquire the skills needed to read critically and analyze all of the rest of the articles in this course.  You are responsible for the following:

Lectures:

Watch "Lecture 2,"  "Empirical Studies: Theory and Method"

 AND "Lecture 3: Empirical Studies of the Impacts of Computers"

Readings:

1.

Irving et. al., "Computerized Performance Monitoring Systems,"  CACM August 1986.      ( Uses survey method, and is "flawed." Look at this in terms of methods of data collection and analysis as well as content).

2

Katz, J.E. and Aspden, P.  A nation of strangers?  CACM (Communications of the ACM), Dec. 1997, 81-86.

3

Kai Lim and Izak Benbasat, "The Influence of Multimedia on Improving the Comprehension of Organizational Information."  JMIS, 19, 1 (Summer 2002), 99- 128.  (this is a "serious" experimental study in one of the top three research journals in Information Systems; Suggest you skim first, then go back and pick out important details of the study design and findings).

Assignments:

1.

WebBoard Discussion Topic

2.

Attend Community Service Internship Orientation or Watch E-Lecture on Community Service Internships

3.

Prepare your resume for applying to Internship Sites

4.

OR (for non-internship people) Choose a project to be involved in for your individual research paper

Week 3—( Feb 3- 9) Ethical Theories and Ethical Analysis

During this week we will learn about ethical theories of decision making and begin learning how to apply them to real scenarios.  We will use these skills over and over this semester as we discuss later topics, so it is crucial to get the most out of these lectures.  You are responsible for the following:

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