CSCE 390 Spring 2012: Syllabus (subject to change)

Reference materials:

  • Robert N. Barger. Computer Ethics: A Case-based Approach. Cambridge University Press, 2008 (required text, referred to as [B]). Supplementary materials from the publisher are available online.
  • The last day to withdraw without failure is Monday, February 27, 2012. The final exam for the course will take place on Thursday, April 26, 2012, at 0900 in the classroom (Main B201). This is the regularly scheduled time for courses taught from 1530 to 1620 on Thursdays. ( See the university exam schedule.) The syllabus is subject to change: this is especially true of homework.

    DayTopic Homework
    (1) January 12Philosophical inventory; Introduction; The Computer as a humanizing agent (Chs.1-2 [B]) TBD
    (2) January 19 Philosophic Belief Systems: Idealism and Realism (Ch 3 [B]) TBD
    (4) January 26 Talk on careers by Ms. Helen Fields of the USC Career Center: The Value of Experiential Learning (Confirmed) TBD
    (3) February 2 Philosophic Belief Systems: Pragmatism and Existentialism (Ch 3 [B]) The possibility of a unifying ethical theory. (Ch. 5 [B]) TBD
    (5) February 9 The ethical decision-making process (Ch. 6 [B]). TBD
    (6) February 16 The ethical decision-making process, ctd. Psychology and computer ethics (Ch.7 [B]) TBD
    (7) February 24 The computing field as a profession (Ch.8 [B]) TBD
    (8) March 1 Computer-related codes of ethics (Ch.9 [B]) TBD
    March 8 Spring Break NA
    (9) March 15 Presentation by Mr. John Calvert of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office TBD
    (10) March 22 Presentation by Prof. Duncan Buell on Voting Machines TBD
    (11) March 29 Three case studies for the Joint Software Engineer's Code TBD
    (12) April 5 Presentation by Dr. Csilla Farkas on Computer Security and Information Assurance TBD
    (13) April 12 Student Presentations TBD
    (14) April 19 Student Presentations TBD