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CIS 350—Computers and Society

Spring 2002 Syllabus

Page 8 of 10

The U.S. government uses more computers than any other single organization on the planet.  Advanced military research projects frequently are the basis for technologies which are later widely used by ordinary citizens.  This week we will look at how computers change the nature of government and warfare, and in turn how these changes impact society as a whole.  You are responsible for the following:

Lecture : Watch "Lecture 5" "Computers and Government"

Readings weeks 7and 8:

1.

Johnson Chapter 8

2.

Dutton, W.H., Elberse, & Hale, A Case study of a netizen’s guide to elections, CACM, December 1999, 48- 54.

3.

Hoffman & Cranor, "Internet voting for public officials," CACM jan 2001, 69- 85.

4. Borning, "Computer System Reliability and Nuclear War," CACM Feb. 1987

Assignments:

1.

Find an update online to the issue of the reliability of anti-missile defense and "smart weapons" .

2. (probably a debate, to extend over the spring break)

***SPRING BREAK*** (March17-23)

Week 9 (March 24- 30) —Issue 4: Computers and Work/Business

Computers have completely changed our companies and industries.  We will look at issues of industrial and office automation, computerized performance monitoring, deskilling vs. upgrading, telecommuting, virtual organizations and e-commerce.  You are responsible for the following:

Lecture:  Watch "Lecture 4" "Computers and Work"

Readings:

1.

Eason, K. "Changing perspectives on the organizational consequences of information technology,"  Behavior & Information Technology, 20, 5 (2001), pp. 323- 328.

2.

Christiaanse, Ellen and Venkatraman, N., "Beyond SABRE: An empirical test of expertise exploitation in electronic  channels."  MIS Quarterly, 16, 1 (March 2002), pp. 15-38. (Try to "skim" this for the main ideas and the methods used. You are not responsible for the details of the statistical analysis).

3.

Belanger, Colins and Cheney, "Technology Requirements and work group communication for telecommuters." Information Systems Research, 12, 2 (June 2001), 155-176.  (Another "difficult" paper in a top rated journal; as above, try to skim for research questions, methods, findings, and implications)

Assignments:   

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