This course will focus on ethical issues relating to various aspects of computing use and design. By utilizing case studies, students will examine and discuss various topical situations in the realms of information acquisition, access, stewardship, software licensing, intellectual property, safety, and reliability. Students will gain experience measuring the costs and risks from both a business standpoint and societal impact. They will also study the potential trade offs between them, while considering processes to bring both into alignment. (3 credits)
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
- ITE 200 level course or equivalent (Recommended)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Introduce an ethical based outlook on computer systems.
- Consider the professional's responsibility with regard to ethics.
- Examine socially acceptable and unacceptable actions with regard to computing.
- Build an understanding of personal privacy, expression, and intellectual property.
- Study design strategies that incorporate ethical components.
- Reflect on the ubiquitous nature of computing and its impact on society.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
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Course Activities and Grading
Discussion & Participation
Quizzes (due weekly on Sunday)
Weekly Reflection (due weekly on Sunday, but not submitted before Friday)
Midterm Exam (due weekly on Sunday ending Week 4)
Final Exam (due last day of class)
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Reynolds, George W. Ethics in Information Technology. 6th ed. Course Technology, 2019. ISBN-10: 1-337-40587-6 or ISBN-13: 978-1-337-40587-4
Readings and Exercises
Topic: An Overview of Ethics
Topic: Ethics for IT Professionals
Topic: Computer and Internet Crime
Topic: Freedom of Expression
|Topic: Intellectual Property|
Topic: Software Development
Topic: The Impact of Information Technology on the Quality of Life
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