Seminar in Computer Ethics
- Thomas P. Kelliher
Office: (410) 337-6189
Home: (410) 931-2946
Cell: Available upon request.
Office hours: MWThF 11:00am-12:00pm.
Other times by appointment.
- Hoffberger 135,
Computing is a field which is changing much more rapidly than society would
seem to be able to handle. As a result, in many situations there are no
legal guidelines. As persons or computer scientists, what are our
obligations in such situations? Is there a set of ethical standards which
we can apply? What laws do exist to guide our actions? Is computing a
profession? As ``professionals,'' what is our obligation to society? What
about the obligations of industry, the government, academe, and the legal
Our objective is to explore these and other questions this semester.
- M. J. Quinn, ``Ethics for the Information Age,'' 3rd ed., Addison-Wesley,
- Grade Distribution
A = [92%-100%],
A- = [90%-92%),
B+ = [88%-90%),
B = [82%-88%),
B- = [80%-82%),
etc. Grades are ``one point rounded.''
Course Point Distribution
There are approximately 420 total points for the course:
- Attendance and participation. 100 points.
- Written assignments. There will be about eight short, written
assignments. Each will be worth 15 points, for a total of 120 points.
Except for emergencies, late assignments will not be accepted.
- Paper and Presentation. Five to 10 page research paper and a 10
to 15 minute class presentation. Each is worth 100 points, for a total
of 200 points.
- Course Handouts:
Course handouts may be made available once in class. They may always be
obtained from the class home page.
- Attendance of classes, and participation in classes, is expected and is a
part of your grade. You will be penalized 10 points from your Attendance
and Participation grade for each unsatisfactorily-explained absence. It is
your responsibility to catch up on missed class work.
- Electronic Communication:
From time-to-time, I will need to send e-mail messages to the class. These
messages will be addressed to your official Goucher e-mail addresses. You
are responsible for checking your e-mail on a timely basis.
- Cell phones must be turned off or set to ``silent'' during class. If you
must enter late, do so as unobtrusively as possible. Likewise if you must
leave early. Please use mental telepathy if you must hold a personal
conference during class. I have ways of making you not talk!
- Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. We are all bound by the
Academic Honor Code.
Thomas P. Kelliher