CS 261 Computers, the User and Society Fall 2020 

Course Schedule

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Math/CS Colloquium: Adam Kucharski
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Math/CS Colloquium: Susan Dumais
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Math/CS Colloquium: Jordan Ellenberg
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Course Syllabus

Professor
Name
and
Title
Dr. David A. Reimann, Professor
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Albion College
Albion, Michigan
Office 252 Putnam
Student Meetings I am teaching online this semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will rarely be on campus. In addition to weekly meetings, I encourage you to email me and coordinate a video conference if you have questions. I encourage you to use google calendar to send me a meeting request. You can also email and I will respond as soon as I can.
E-mail dreimann@albion.edu
Website http://zeta.albion.edu/~dreimann/
Phone 517-629-0426 (Office)
517-629-0361 (Secretary)
Course
Course CS 261
Course Name Computers, the User and Society
CRN 4468
Credit 1 Unit
Catalog
Description
An examination of how computers are used and how computers fit into society. Topics include user interface design, human-centered software development and evaluation, software reliability, social context of computers, professional and ethical responsibilities for technology professionals, intellectual property rights, privacy and civil liberties, computer crime.
Expectations This course will use the Google Meet video conferencing tool. Please be sure you have Google Meet installed and are familiar with using the tool. Join the meeting early and test speaker, microphone, and camera settings; keep speakers away from microphones to avoid feedback; use a headset with microphone if possible; and do not join a meeting from multiple devices.

Be appropriately attired and try to limit distractions in your surroundings. As members of a community, please consider the effects of your actions on your peers, just as you would in a physical classroom: keep your video on unless you have permission to turn it off; mute yourself when not speaking; and focus your attention on the speaker. Please let me know if you are having difficulties interacting in class, and if there are reasons you cannot follow the above guidelines.
Prerequisite CS 171
Meeting Times
and Locations

Monday 2:00-3:00 pm (online)
Monday 2:00-3:40 pm (online)
Monday 2:00-3:00 pm (online)
Monday 2:00-3:40 pm (online)
Monday 2:00-3:20 pm (online)
Website http://zeta.albion.edu/~dreimann/Fall2020/courses/cs261/
Schedule http://zeta.albion.edu/~dreimann/Fall2020/courses/cs261/schedule.php
Resources
Required Books Ethics in Information Technology, 6th Edition. George Reynolds, ISBN-10: 1337405876, ISBN-13: 9781337405874. Cengage, 2019. Textbook/eBook ONLY
Reference Books An Illustrated book of Bad Arguments by Ali Almossawi, 2014.
Student Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of CS 261, students will be able to

Performance Evaluation
Grade Element Possible Points Due
Class Attendance and Participation 238
(34 @ 7 points each)
Points based on attendance, timeliness, and participation.
Meetings 70
(7 @ 10 points each)
Each student will meet online one-on-one with the instructor for about 15 minutes each week to discuss course issues.
Papers 700
(7 @ 100 points each)
Papers on course topics. Each will be 750-1000 words.
Total Possible Points 1000+  
 
Your Points Percentage Your Grade Interpretation
93.0-100.0 4.0 Represents work outstanding in quality. The student not only shows unusual mastery of the required work for the course, but also has independently sought out and used additional related materials, demonstrating the ability to discover new data, to develop new insights and to bring them to bear on the work at hand.
90.0-92.9 3.7  
87.0-89.9 3.3  
83.0-86.9 3.0 Represents work which is higher in quality than that of a 2.0, or more than satisfactory. The student has shown the ability and the initiative to fulfill more than the basic requirements of the course.
80.0-82.9 2.7  
77.0-79.9 2.3  
73.0-76.9 2.0 Represents work which fulfills all of the basic requirements for the course. It means that the student has a grasp of the material and techniques or skills sufficient to proceed with more advanced courses in the area.
70.0-72.9 1.7  
67.0-69.9 1.3  
60.0-66.9 1.0 Represents work seriously attempted but which is below the 2.0 level in quantity and quality. The student is advised not to continue advanced work in the field.
0-59.9 0.0 Represents work unsatisfactory in either quantity or quality. It results in the student's not being able to continue with further work in the field and results in no credit, although it is recorded on the permanent record.
  I Incompletes may be given only because of illness, or other unavoidable circumstances, as approved by the Petitions Committee. An Incomplete is not to be issued to a student who simply has failed to turn in some assigned work before the end of the semester. The "I" grade should be used rarely and for legitimate reasons. A final grade of Incomplete must be removed within four weeks after the end of the semester in which it was incurred, unless the deadline is extended by the Petitions Committee. Grades of "I" count as zeros in the calculation of the end-of-semester grade point average, and, if they are not removed within the required time, become zeros automatically on the student's record.

No credit will be given for students missing class or for assignments submitted after the due date except in the cases of an official College event or documented serious circumstance beyond your control. If you miss class because of participation in an official College event you must make prior arrangements with me. In situations of a documented serious circumstance beyond your control, please contact me as soon as possible. With an excused absence, an alternative assignment will be used (simply getting a classmate's notes is NOT an option).

Attendance

The following is the Albion College statement on attendance: "Regular attendance in all classes is expected. Every absence from class is inevitably a loss — usually one which can never be made up. A student has the responsibility to inform his or her faculty member, whenever possible in advance, of an absence due to serious or prolonged illness, and verification of absences due to emergency reasons, may be obtained from the Office of Residential Life."

In this course class absences are only excusable in documented extreme cases of unforeseen hardship or official College event, as described in the Student Handbook. Please notify me in writing (email is preferred) prior to official college events (sporting, class trips, etc.) that make it impossible for you to attend class. If you miss class because of participation in an official College event you must make prior arrangements with me. In extreme cases of unforeseen hardship, please contact me as soon as possible. In either case, you are still responsible for all material and assignments.

In cases where you have not taken personal responsibility, you will forfeit the possibillity of earning points. No credit will be given for a missed test or other scheduled in-class assignment, nor will late assignments be accepted.

It is my expectation that you will contact me to review missed coursework and arrange a timeline and plan for completing that work. In the case that you are not able to make up missed coursework by the end of the semester, we will need to consider options that may include a withdrawal or incomplete for the semester.

I will do what I can to work with students to facilitate their successful completion of the course. I encourage you to contact me if you have questions or concerns. The Office of Student Development is also available for assistance regarding extended absences.

Academic Integrity and Expectations

As an academic community, Albion College is firmly committed to honor and integrity in the pursuit of knowledge. Therefore, as a member of this academic community, each student acknowledges responsibility for his or her actions and commits to the highest standards of integrity. In doing so, each student makes a covenant with the college not to engage in any form of academic dishonesty, fraud, cheating, or theft.

The goal of this course is for you to learn a rigorous academic discipline, not penmanship, typing, or other forms of plagiarism. Chapter III of the Student Handbook details instances and penalties for academic dishonesty. It also describes acceptable usage of the campus computing/networking facilities. In this class you are expected to do your own work unless explicitly stated.

Here are some things which will be considered cheating:

  • Using or turning in another's work as you own - with or without their permission.
  • Allowing someone else to use or turn in your work as theirs - in whole or in part.
  • Joint effort on an assignment with individual submissions represented as individual work.
  • If a student cannot explain why the solution is correct or how the solution was obtained.
Here are some things which are encouraged:
  • A submission using help from the instructor, student assistants, or the texts.
  • Discussion of the concepts related to the course material.
  • Discussion of assignments to understand what is required.

Typically, I grade papers one problem at a time. If you turn in someone else's work as you own, it really stands out. Please do your own work! If you are having trouble on an assignment come see me as soon as possible - I'm here to help!

We, as students and faculty, have the privilege and challenge of promoting higher standards of ourselves, the College, and society in general. Here are several expectations we should have this semester.

What you should expect of me. What I expect from you.
To attend class regularly and punctually and to adhere to the class schedule. To attend class regularly and punctually.
Come to class prepared. Come to class prepared.
Grade and return work in a reasonable amount of time. Fulfill all course assignments and requirements.
Know course material thoroughly and prepare and present it conscientiously. Uphold academic honesty in all activities.
Maintain scholarly, professional, and courteous demeanor in class. Maintain scholarly, professional, and courteous demeanor in class.
Be available at reasonable times for consultation. Keep all appointments except for extreme cases.

Communication is essential in any relationship. Our student-teacher relationship is no exception. If you have any concerns with the class material or logistics, please talk to me as soon as possible.

Academic Support

Accommodations statement: Any student with a disability who believes the requirements of this course may require accommodations or modifications should contact the Learning Support Center (LSC) Director, Dr. Pamela Schwartz, who will work with you to develop a plan for reasonable accommodations based on your information and supporting documentation. If you have completed this process and have requested accommodations through the LSC for this semester, plan to meet with me as early as possible to discuss a plan for implementing these modifications in this class. It is best if we can talk at least one week prior to their implementation. The LSC is located in 114 Ferguson Hall (on the first floor of the administration building) and is open during regular business hours throughout the school year. The main phone is 517/629-0825, and the number for the Adaptive Technology Office is 517/629-0411.

Staff in the Cutler Center provide supplemental peer tutoring (math, science, economics, and more), writing assistance, fellowship advising, disability accommodations, academic coaching, supplemental advising, and emergency financial support. To connect with the Cutler Center, please email cutler@albion.edu or call Martha Palmer at 517-629-0562 and she can get you to the right person.


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