The fall semester 1997 class meets in 352 Weir Hall at 11:00 a.m. on Thursdays for about two-thirds of the semester. (Notes: We exchanged classrooms with CSCI 533. Although the class is also listed to meet on Tuesdays, we will not normally meet during that period.)
The class is taught by Prof. Conrad Cunningham, whose office is in 312 Weir Hall. The official office hours for this class are on Tuesdays from 11:00 to 12:00 (the unused class meeting time) or by appointment at other times.
Prof. Cunningham's voice telephone number is (601) 232-5358 and fax number is (601) 232-5623. His WWW home page is http://www.cs.olemiss.edu/~hcc/ and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org (send).
The WWW home page for this class is http://www.cs.olemiss.edu/~hcc/csci300/.
Study of the nature of and need for social responsibility and ethical behavior in computing and the computer professions. (1 hour)
Junior standing in Computer and Information Science
See the topic and assignment schedule page for a more detailed listing and schedule.
All aspects of CSci 300 fall under the provisions of the Honor Code of the School of Engineering at the University of Mississippi. Violations of the Honor Code will be handled by the School's Honor Code committee.
The Honor Code shall apply to all students, both undergraduate and graduate, registered in and/or seeking degrees through the School of Engineering. The Honor Code shall be understood to apply to all academic areas of the School such as examinations, quizzes, laboratory reports, themes, computer programs, homework, and other possible assignments. Only that work explicitly identified by the class instructor not to be under the Honor Code is excluded. The intent of the Honor Code is to recognize professional conduct and, thus, it shall be deemed a violation of the Honor Code to knowingly deceive, copy, paraphrase, or otherwise misrepresent your work in a manner inconsistent with professional conduct.
The activities associated with this class involve individual reading, thinking, writing, and oral presentation as well as group discussion and exercises. The semester grade will be based on the following components with the given relative weights:
My grading scale is A [90..100], B [80..90), C [70..80), D [60..70), and F [0..60).
This is largely a student-driven class. Your instructor will seldom lecture. Most class meetings will instead consist of group activities of one kind or another. How valuable (and how much fun!) the class will be depends upon your preparation for and participation in these activities. Accordingly, a significant portion of the semester grade is based on your attendance at class meetings and your meaningful participation in the class activities.
Class activities include class discussions of the textbook chapters, development of policy statements, mock trials, debates, etc. These activities are shown on the topics and assignment schedule.
To prepare individually for the class activities, you will need to study (not just read!) the assigned materials in advance. You are encouraged to go to the library and to search the Web for other relevant materials. (You might find the resource links page a helpful starting point for Web searches.)
Some of the activities (e.g., debates and mock trials) will require groups to prepare presentations in advance.
I hope that this class will be an enjoyable experience as well as a valuable learning experience.
As shown on the topic and assignment schedule, you will be given a short quiz over each chapter that we discuss from the textbook. Each quiz will be given during the first 10 minutes of class and will cover the basic terminology and concepts in the chapter. I expect a quiz to include some combination of matching, multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, and short-answer questions.
A significant portion of the semester grade is based on these quizzes. I will use the five best quiz grades to compute this portion of your final grade.
Missed quizzes cannot be made up.
There will be no other examinations in this class.
See the term paper document for description of the term paper and critique.
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