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Page 1 of 9 University of Cincinnati‐Clermont College Implications of Information Technology Syllabus 2181‐1_34IT2020‐001 Spring 2018 Instructor: Georgia Pinis EdD, PMP Office Info./Student Contact: Faculty Service Center – 732‐5335 Email: [email protected] Course Website: Office: Online Adjunct Assistant Professor Phone: 330/526‐8196 Office hours: By Appointment via WebEx Course Information: 2181‐1_34IT2020‐001 Implications of Information Technology Meets Online Course Overview This course focuses on the impact brought upon our society by computers and its related technologies. Issues related to privacy, ethics, law, encryption, copyright, crimes, etc., will be critically examined. The widespread use of computing technology has changed the way we work, play and interact with other people. These changes have created a flood of new social and legal issues that demand critical examination. Here are a few examples of the issues we will be talking about: There is a great deal of information about all of us recorded in computer databases. What rules should govern how this information is used? (We all get privacy notices in fine print from our banks, credit card companies, etc. ‐‐ what do they really mean?) Hacking, identify theft and credit card fraud has increased in recent years. What are responses to these types of fraud and what precautions can we take to prevent this from happening? New encryption methods make it possible to keep e‐mail and phone conversations secret from others. How should our desire for privacy be balanced with the need of law‐ enforcement agencies to intercept communications of suspected criminals or terrorists? How serious are the problems created by Web sites that contain pornography, 'hate' material directed at various groups, bomb‐making information, etc.? Should there be any restrictions on material that is put on the Web? Computers are increasingly used to control medical devices, airplanes and other safety‐ critical systems. How safe are such systems? How safe is 'safe enough'? What can we do to manage the risks involved? It is easy to use computers to copy music, software, books, etc., in violation of copyright law. What is the extent of this problem? What can or should be done about it? What is free software? Should all software be free? There are (at least) two sides to almost all of the questions we will consider in this course. We will spend much of our class time discussing the issues and exploring different points of view .
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Page 2 of 9 Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes: After successfully completing this course, students will: Discuss how computing and information systems give rise to social issues and ethical dilemmas Recognize ethical issues that may arise from their Information Technology work Identify issues they may face as a member of a complex technological society Discuss the benefits offered by computing technology in many different areas and the risks and problems associated these technologies
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