Course Information: Challenges of Computer Technology

Computer Science Department
Course Competency Plan
COURSE: CpSc 300 Challenges of Computer Technology

Course Description: An in-depth study of the critical issues related to the computerization of society. Ethical, legal, and moral issues raised by the evolution of computer technology will be discussed. Prerequisite: Advanced standing. (3 credits)

Course Outcomes: This course and its outcomes support the Information Systems Learning Outcomes of Problem Solving and Critical Thinking (PS&CT), Communication and Interpersonal Skills (C&IS), and Ethical and Professional Responsibilities (E&PR). These Information Systems Learning Outcomes are tied directly to the University Wide Outcomes of Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Communication, and Values and Ethics.

This course engages students in the following high impact practice: writing-intensive

DegreeProgram ObjectiveAssessed Course Objective
IS II.b. Summarize technical information for technical and non-technical personnel 1. Locate, synthesize and evaluate information to communicate the challenges posed by computer technology through written papers (IS, IT majors) OR Locate, synthesize and evaluate information to communicate the challenges posed by computer technology through examination questions.
IT II.b. Use written, oral, and electronic communication to convey technical information effectively
LS Locate, synthesize, and evaluate information to make thoughtful decisions
IS II.c. Use oral and electronic communication effectively 2. Communicate the challenges posed by computer technology through oral reports.
IT II.d. Work cooperatively in teams and with others 3. Evaluate and communicate the challenges posed by computer technology through classroom peer groups (IS, IT majors) OR Evaluate and communicate the challenges posed by computer technology through examination questions
IS II.e. Work cooperatively in teams and with others
LS Evaluate problems using multiple viewpoints
IT III.a. Determine the economic and organizational effects of information technology on global society 4. From an ethical perspective, discuss social, economic, legal, and ethical challenges concerning computer technology such as: privacy of electronic data, intellectual property rights, and copyright protection.
IS III.b. Recognize the ethical, legal, and social implications of information processing
IT III.b. Recognize important legal issues and demonstrate appropriate social responsibilities in information technology.
IS III.d. Analyze the impact that information systems have on the global society
LS Analyze a contemporary challenge from an ethical perspective.
IT III.e. Recognize the need for continuing professional development 5. Identify the importance of professional organizations in life-long career development.

Additional Course Objectives include:
The student will be able to:

  1. List the problems associated with the uses of computer technology in our global society and identify possible solutions to these problems.
  2. Identify the factors affecting security in information systems and the techniques involved in disaster planning and recovery.
  3. Identify the legal issues surrounding privacy of electronic data, and involving electronic information and software management.
  4. Identify the main components of the ACM Code of Ethics.
  5. Recognize the need for continuing professional development.
This is a Goal Course in the Challenges of the Modern Age area of the Liberal Studies Program.