Course Description:This course is primarily for computer science majors, focusing on the ethical codes of the professional societies, the philosophical bases of ethical decision-making, and the examination of several contemporary case studies.
Prerequisites: CS 1428 and [COMM 1310 or COMM 2338] and [ENG 1310 or ENG 1320 or ENG 3303] and [PHIL 1305 or PHIL 1320] all with grades of "C" or better.
|1.||Make students aware of the ethical codes of the various professional organizations and alternative viewpoints.|
|Stimulate critical discussion of the codes and the principles behind them.|
|Give the students a comparative overview of about six bases for ethical decision making, both classical and alternative.|
|Present the rudiments of legal language as applied to computer workers, basic legal obligations and responsibilities, and show how to obtain reliable information using Internet resources.|
|Instill in students the notion of their accountability to their profession as well as to society at large.|
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 hours lecture, 0 hours lab
Offered: Typically every long semester.