CSci 300: Social Responsibility in Computer Science
Fall Semester 1996
Revised Syllabus


The fall semester 1996 class meets in Weir Hall 351 at 11:00 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday.

The class is taught by Prof. Conrad Cunningham, whose office is 312 Weir Hall. Prof. Cunningham's official office hours for this semester are 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday & Wednesday, 1:15 2:30 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday, or by appointment.

Course Description from the Catalog

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

School of Engineering Honor Code Statement

"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."

Source Materials

Peter G. Neumann. Computer Related Risks, Addison Wesley, 1995.
Various journal, conference, or WWW materials as appropriate.

Course Topics

See the discussion topics page for a more detailed listing and schedule.

  1. Computing as a profession. Professional responsibility and ethics.
  2. Software as intellectual property.
  3. Privacy and civil liberties.
  4. Risks and reliability.




My grading scale is A [90..100], B [80..0), C [70..0), D [60..0), and F [0..60).

See the assignments page for the percentages of the semestger grade allocated to each assignment.

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