CSCI3250 Computers and Society


Course code CSCI3250
Course title Computers and Society
Course description This course studies social, legal, ethical issues of information technology in society. Problems related to privacy, computer crimes, freedom of speech, intellectual property, professionalism, health, safety will be discussed. Local and global examples will be used to illustrate the issues.
Unit(s) 2
Course level Undergraduate
Exclusion  AIST2601 or ENGG2601
Semester 2
Grading basis Graded
Grade Descriptors A/A-:  EXCELLENT – exceptionally good performance and far exceeding expectation in all or most of the course learning outcomes; demonstration of superior understanding of the subject matter, the ability to analyze problems and apply extensive knowledge, and skillful use of concepts and materials to derive proper solutions.
B+/B/B-:  GOOD – good performance in all course learning outcomes and exceeding expectation in some of them; demonstration of good understanding of the subject matter and the ability to use proper concepts and materials to solve most of the problems encountered.
C+/C/C-: FAIR – adequate performance and meeting expectation in all course learning outcomes; demonstration of adequate understanding of the subject matter and the ability to solve simple problems.
D+/D: MARGINAL – performance barely meets the expectation in the essential course learning outcomes; demonstration of partial understanding of the subject matter and the ability to solve simple problems.
F: FAILURE – performance does not meet the expectation in the essential course learning outcomes; demonstration of serious deficiencies and the need to retake the course.
Learning outcomes Students get solid feeling of abstract ideas of ‘computers & society’ through lectures, case studies and discussion. They are especially benefited through studying local ‘computer & society’ issues which are very familiar to them and are affecting their daily life and their future jobs.
(for reference only)
Project: 50%
Presentation: 30%
Essays: 20%
Recommended Reading List 1. reference book–Baase, Sara: A Gift of Fire Social, legal, and the ethical issues for computers and Internet, Prentice Hall, 2003.
2. class notes
3. collection of local news on ‘IT & Society’ posted on CSE Department Notice Board on a regular basis (roughly, every two weeks)


CSCIN programme learning outcomes Course mapping
Upon completion of their studies, students will be able to:  
1. identify, formulate, and solve computer science problems (K/S); T
2. design, implement, test, and evaluate a computer system, component, or algorithm to meet desired needs (K/S);
3. receive the broad education necessary to understand the impact of computer science solutions in a global and societal context (K/V); TM
4. communicate effectively (S/V);
5. succeed in research or industry related to computer science (K/S/V);
6. have solid knowledge in computer science and engineering, including programming and languages, algorithms, theory, databases, etc. (K/S); TP
7. integrate well into and contribute to the local society and the global community related to computer science (K/S/V); TM
8. practise high standard of professional ethics (V); TM
9. draw on and integrate knowledge from many related areas (K/S/V);
Remarks: K = Knowledge outcomes; S = Skills outcomes; V = Values and attitude outcomes; T = Teach; P = Practice; M = Measured