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Georgia Gwinnett College

The School of Science and Technology

 Professional Practice and Ethics

ITEC 3900

 Summer 2008

 

Instructor:

Dr. Anatoly Kurkovsky

Classes: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 13:00-15:00 at Building C 1200

Office Availability: Mutually agreed time between professor and student by appointment at C 2153

Telephone: 678 407 5732

Personal web site:    http://facultyweb.ggc.usg.edu/akurkovsky/

E-mail: akurkovsky@ggc.usg.edu

 Catalog Course Description:

Prerequisite: ITEC 1201

Familiarizes students with professional practice in the information technology profession. Students will identify ethical conflicts, identify their responsibilities and options, and think through the implications of possible solutions to ethical conflicts.

 Course Goals: 

Upon a successful completion of this course the students will:

bullet 1) learn about professional practices and ethics for IT professionals and IT users;
bullet2) identify professional practices, understand software development issues;
bullet3) understand the impact of IT on the quality of life;
bullet4) learn about IT ethical issues, code of ethics, and professional responsibilities;
bullet5) understand computer and Internet crime;
bullet6) learn to respect intellectual property rights;
bullet7) understand IT privacy, including open source code, and security issues;
bullet8) learn about freedom of expression;
bullet9) be familiar with employer/employee issues;

 Textbook:

George Reynolds, Ethics in Information Technology, Second Edition. Course Technology Incorporated, 2007, ISBN 1-4188-3631-1.

 Grading policy:

Your performance in this course will be measured by three written tests (50%), several assignments (30%), and your class participation (20%). Questions on the tests may include the following:

bulletmultiple choice answer selection,
bullettrue-false answer selection.

 The types of assignments may include:

bulletsmall in-class student project, quizzes, and labs,
bullettake-home assignments.

You will receive a grade of 0 for assignments submitted after the deadline. When you submit your assignment: include your class, name, assignment number and appropriate file names.

 Evaluation of your class participation will include:

bulletattendance,
bulletunderstanding of the course material,
bulletresponsibility to answer the professorís questions.

 The final grade will be derived from your performance on the tests, assignments and class participation as follows:

bulletA: 90-100
bulletB: 80-89
bulletC: 70-79
bulletD: 60-69
bulletF: below 60

Tentative Schedule:

(These dates could be changed depending upon the pace of the course.)

Week

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Start

Ch.

Lecture Topic

Student Projects & Labs

Assign.

Test

1.

May 12

1,2

Overview of Ethics. Professional practices and the ethics for IT professionals and IT users.

Lab, and Quiz

Assign. 1

 

2.

May 19

2,3

Computers and Internet crime.

Lab, and Quiz

 

Test 1

 

May 26

 

Memorial Day Holiday Ė NO CLASSES

 

 

 

3.

May 27

4,5

Privacy and security issues. Freedom of expression.

Lab, and Quiz

Assign. 2

 

4.

Jun 02

5,6

Intellectual property rights.

Lab, and Quiz

 

Test 2

5.

Jun 09

7,8

Software development issues, software code of ethics, and professional practice. Employer/employee issues.

Student Project, Lab, and Quiz

Assign. 3

 

6.

Jun 16

9

The impact of information technology on the quality of life.

Lab, and Quiz

 

 

 

June 17

 

The last Day of Classes before Final Exams. Discussion and exercises. Preparation for exam.

 

 

 

 

June 18

 

The day of Final Examinations

 

 

Test 3

 

Student Policy Statement:

 Students are expected to abide by all policies in the catalog of Georgia Gwinnett College and School of Science and Technology as well as all policies posted on the official web site of Georgia Gwinnett College.

 College Policies:

 Regentís policy statement

 The University System of Georgia requires that all students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs in University System institutions (including Georgia Gwinnett College) successfully complete all parts of a competency examination in reading and English composition.  This competency examination is commonly called "the Regents' Test", and it is free of charge.  A student has two attempts to pass this test before accumulating 45 hours of collegiate credit.  Please sign up for the Regents' Test when you enroll in English 1102.  Do this in time to have two attempts before accumulating 45 credit hours.

 Americans with disabilities act statement

 If you are a student who is disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act and require assistance or support services, please seek assistance through the Center for Disability Services.  A CDS Counselor will coordinate those services.

 Equal opportunity statement

No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, creed, national origin, age or disability, be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity conducted by Georgia Gwinnett College.

 Affirmative action statement

Georgia Gwinnett College adheres to affirmative action policies designed to promote diversity and equal opportunity for all faculty and students.

 Academic respect

 The college exists to foster educational excellence.  To this end, a classroom atmosphere that supports learning must be maintained.  Students are expected to be active, attentive participants in the class.  Students are also expected to abide by class policies and procedures and to treat faculty and other students in a professional, respectful manner.  Students are expected to be familiar with the student conduct code published in the Student Handbook.

 Academic integrity

 All portions of any test, project or final exam submitted by you for a grade must be your own work.  Cheating includes any attempt to defraud, deceive or mislead the instructor in arriving at an honest grade assessment.  Plagiarism is a form of cheating that involves presenting as one's own, ideas or work of another.  Violation of the Academic Integrity Policy will result in a grade of "0" for that test, project or exam.  The second offense will result in assignment of a grade of "F" for the course and a formal charge of Academic Dishonesty will be lodged with the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.  Policies have been established by Georgia Gwinnett College to insure due process in charges of cheating or plagiarism. A copy of these procedures can be found in the GGC Student Handbook.

 School of Science and Technology Policies:

 Absence/Make-up Policy

 You are expected to attend each class meeting.  Attendance may be taken by various methods that could include clicker or written quizzes in the first 5 minutes of class, or sign in sheets. This information will be taken into account at the end of the semester when grades are calculated, if you are on the borderline.

 Special arrangements to take a regular exam early must be made in advance and in writing, if a pressing obligation prevents you from taking an exam.

 Students must notify Professor THE DAY of the exam if an emergency arises and they miss the exam. Notification may be by email, text or phone message is acceptable. A makeup will be scheduled within two days of the original exam. Makeup exams may not be the same format as the regular exam. Other formats include essay or oral exams to a faculty panel. A valid written excuse for missing the regular exam is required. (Police report, ER forms, doctor's note, etc.)

 Instructor/Course Policies:

 Drop for non-attendance

 Students who never attend a class by the end of the first two weeks of the term will be reported for non-attendance. Students who do not drop a class during the schedule adjustment period and are reported for non-attendance will be automatically dropped from that course.

 Course Absence

You will not get a good grade in the course without an excellent attendance. If you miss a class, you are responsible for all lecture notes, slides, assignments, and other.  All students are allowed 3 absences from class in the semester with no penalty for crisis or non-crisis reasons. Students who miss four or five class sessions will be subject to a substantial grade deduction of 5 points.  After six absences, it is recommended that you drop the course.

Course changes

This course syllabus provides a general plan for the course. The professor reserves the right to make changes to the syllabus, including changes to assignments, projects, examinations, etc., in order to accommodate the needs of the class as a whole and fulfill the goals of the course.  

 Some common sense notices

bullet

Please do not be late for classes,

bullet

Please do not wear hats in the classroom,

bullet

Please turn off all cell phones, beepers, pagers, buzzers, and other noisy electronic devices during class time,

bullet

Please do not bring children, parents, friends, etc. into the class,

bullet

Please show common courtesy to your fellow classmates and professor.

The relationship between the ITEC 3900 Course Outcome Goals and the GGC ITEC Program Outcomes

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ITEC 2150 Course Outcome Goals

The GGC Information Technology Program Outcome Goals

Assessment Tools

1.

Learn about professional practices and ethics for IT professionals and IT users.

2. Work as individuals and as members of a collaborative team that solve IT problems.

3. Demonstrate competence in effectively communicating technical information using oral, written, and digital presentation techniques.

4. Demonstrate a desire and ability to continuously refine their computing knowledge and skills and learn to use new tools and processes.

Class and laboratory discussion, quiz

2.

Identify professional practices, understand software development issues.

 

2. Work as individuals and as members of a collaborative team that solve IT problems.

3. Demonstrate competence in effectively communicating technical information using oral, written, and digital presentation techniques.

4. Demonstrate a desire and ability to continuously refine their computing knowledge and skills and learn to use new tools and processes.

Class and laboratory discussion, quiz

3.

Understand the impact of IT on the quality of life.

2. Work as individuals and as members of a collaborative team that solve IT problems.

3. Demonstrate competence in effectively communicating technical information using oral, written, and digital presentation techniques.

4. Demonstrate a desire and ability to continuously refine their computing knowledge and skills and learn to use new tools and processes.

Class and laboratory discussion, quiz or written assignment

4.

Learn about IT ethical issues, code of ethics, and professional responsibilities.

2. Work as individuals and as members of a collaborative team that solve IT problems.

3. Demonstrate competence in effectively communicating technical information using oral, written, and digital presentation techniques.

4. Demonstrate a desire and ability to continuously refine their computing knowledge and skills and learn to use new tools and processes.

Class exam

5.

Understand computer and Internet crime.

2. Work as individuals and as members of a collaborative team that solve IT problems.

3. Demonstrate competence in effectively communicating technical information using oral, written, and digital presentation techniques.

4. Demonstrate a desire and ability to continuously refine their computing knowledge and skills and learn to use new tools and processes.

Laboratory discussion and written assignment, test

6.

Learn to respect intellectual property rights.

2. Work as individuals and as members of a collaborative team that solve IT problems.

3. Demonstrate competence in effectively communicating technical information using oral, written, and digital presentation techniques.

4. Demonstrate a desire and ability to continuously refine their computing knowledge and skills and learn to use new tools and processes.

Laboratory discussion and written assignment, test

7.

Understand IT privacy, including open source code, and security issues.

2. Work as individuals and as members of a collaborative team that solve IT problems.

3. Demonstrate competence in effectively communicating technical information using oral, written, and digital presentation techniques.

4. Demonstrate a desire and ability to continuously refine their computing knowledge and skills and learn to use new tools and processes.

Class exam

8.

Learn about freedom of expression.

2. Work as individuals and as members of a collaborative team that solve IT problems.

3. Demonstrate competence in effectively communicating technical information using oral, written, and digital presentation techniques.

4. Demonstrate a desire and ability to continuously refine their computing knowledge and skills and learn to use new tools and processes.

Class and laboratory discussion, quiz

9.

Be familiar with employer/employee issues.

2. Work as individuals and as members of a collaborative team that solve IT problems.

3. Demonstrate competence in effectively communicating technical information using oral, written, and digital presentation techniques.

4. Demonstrate a desire and ability to continuously refine their computing knowledge and skills and learn to use new tools and processes.

Laboratory discussion and written assignment, test

 

 

 

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