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Credit- Degree applicable
Effective Quarter: Fall 2017

I. Catalog Information

CIS 2
Computers and the Internet in Society
4 Unit(s)

 

(See general education pages for the requirement this course meets.)

Requisites: Advisory: EWRT 211 and READ 211 (or LART 211), or ESL 272 and 273.

Hours: Four hours lecture (48 hours total per quarter).

Description: A critical examination of the capabilities and uses of the Internet, computers and cellular communications, and how they are changing business, law, politics, health, education, entertainment, and society.


Student Learning Outcome Statements (SLO)

 

• Student Learning Outcome: Analyze the effect of the Internet, computers, and cellular communications on individuals, culture, and society.


 

• Student Learning Outcome: Analyze the effects of the Internet, computers, and cellular communications on institutions, including education, business, economics, and politics.


 

• Student Learning Outcome: Judge the effect of the the Internet and computers on law and ethics.


II. Course Objectives

A.Contrast the current use of the Internet and computers with individual, and institutional work practice techniques used historically.
B.Observe the progression of the Internet in our society by looking at how computers, telecommunications and connectivity have affected individuals, culture, and society.
C.Observe the progression of the Internet in our society by looking at how computers, telecommunications and connectivity have affected education, business, economics, and politics.

D.Observe the progression of the Internet in our society by looking at how computers, telecommunications and connectivity have affected ethics and law.
E.Detect Internet trends that may affect the future.

III. Essential Student Materials

 None

IV. Essential College Facilities

 Computer lab access is recommended for those who are curious to view the Internet, but do not have access otherwise.

V. Expanded Description: Content and Form

A.Contrast the current use of the Internet and computers with individual, and institutional work practice techniques used historically.
1.Illustrate individuals and institutions in pre-computer society.
2.Compare work and legal environments of today with business and industry prior to the last twenty years.
3.Child labor and the Fair Labor Standards Act is analyzed in light of new technologies.
4.Civil rights are illustrated before and during the Internet era.
5.Civil liberties and privacy is contrasted before and during the Internet age.
6.Analyze the effect of the development of the modern computer on individuals, institutions, law and ethics.
a.Categorize the European contributions to the Internet society.
b.Categorize the American contributions to the Internet society.
c.Categorize the Asian contributions to the Internet society.
B.Observe the progression of the Internet in our society by looking at how computers, telecommunications and connectivity have affected individuals, culture, and society.
1.Investigate the impact of the Internet on people and societal institutions.
a.Analyze the changing nature of the work place due to the presence of the Internet.
b.Explain the impact of the Internet in education.
c.Analyze the impact of the Internet on health care, with focus on the disabled.
d.Observe the impact of the Internet on recreation.
e.Categorized advances in the fields of medicine and science, as prompted by the Internet age.
f.Explain the changes in law enforcement due to the Internet.
g.Instruct how the Internet impacts information access.
h.Categorize the advances of entertainment as precipitated by the Internet.
2.Explore the implications of computer use for individuals and institutions.
a.Articulate how the Internet affects productivity.
b.Establish how Internet influences individual and institutional crime, as well as the development of new laws prompted by this.
c.Observe new health issues appearing in our society due to the Internet, with a special look at ergonomics.
d.Monitor social cohesiveness in the Internet age.
e.Summarize displacement of societal sectors due to the Internet.
f.Evaluate equal opportunities for minorities and women in the Internet age.
g.Expand on privacy issues experienced by individuals and institutions.
h.Categorize collection and use of information about the activities of individuals.
C.Observe the progression of the Internet in our society by looking at how computers, telecommunications and connectivity have affected education, business, economics, and politics.
1.Evaluate the evolving global economy in the Internet age.
a.Display international balance of economic and political power.
b.Distinguish the traditionally industrialized countries: i.e. Japan, Germany, U.S.A in the Internet era.
c.Distinguish the developing countries: i.e., Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, India, African nations, in the Internet age.
d.Distinguish the less developed countries: i.e. Afghanistan, North Korea, Sudan.
2.Investigate the use of computers in business, industry and government.
a.Analyze manufacturing industries in the Internet Age: e.g. machine tools, electronic components, CAS/CAM.
b.Inspect service industries in the Internet age: e.g. banking, marketing, the stock market.
c.Research government and law enforcement in the Internet age: local, state, federal.
3.Assess the political effects nationally and internationally.
a.Describe American political parties and campaigns.
b.Record the role of political action committees.
c.Investigate the political processes for democratic and totalitarian countries.
D.Observe the progression of the Internet in our society by looking at how computers, telecommunications and connectivity have affected ethics and law.
1.Explain the issue of protection of privacy.
a.Investigate the role of electronic mail.
b.Define computer networks.
c.Evaluate computer hacking.
d.Categorize collection of personal information.
2.Categorize the methods used for access to information.
a.Survey credit reporting.
b.Evaluate records (FBI, IRS, etc.).
3.Describe the implications of Internet "privacy."
4.Describe means and availability of legal protection for information and systems.
5.Explain the issues of reliability and security problems.
6.Discribe the implications and scope of computer crime.
7.Explain computer industry's efforts to establish an industry-wide ethics statement.
a.Categorize the concept of ethics statement.
b.Summarize participants in design.
c.Monitor effects on industry users.
d.Monitor effects on individual users.
E.Detect Internet trends that may affect the future.
1.Identify trends that may affect the future.
2.Estimate the impact of any trends that may have been identified.

VI. Assignments

A.Use the Internet, in individual and collaborative activities, to solve problems in the areas of information retrieval, data manipulation, and communication.
B.Assigned readings from the text.
C.Find six to eight current news items relating the subject of information technology and its place in society. Write a summary of each item, and include a critical assessment of the significance of the topic.
D.Students will study and report on a business, manufacturing facility, law office, bank, government office, or other organizaiton of their choice, and determine what effect the Internet has had in that environment. Compare the way job functions have changed since the advent of the Internet.
E.Students will study and report on the impact of computers, the Internet, and cellular communications on an industry or major communal activity, such as healthcare, education, or crime prevention.
F. Participate in discussions that explore and analyze issues, current developments and personal experiences with computers and the Internet in society.
G.It is desirable for at least one of the major class activities to be a collaborative effort.

VII. Methods of Instruction

 Discussion and problem solving performed in class
In-class exploration of Internet sites
Quiz and examination review performed in class
Collaborative learning and small group exercises
Homework and extended projects
Lecture and visual aids
Discussion of assigned reading
Collaborative projects

VIII. Methods of Evaluating Objectives

A.Oral reports shall demonstrate and summarize the interaction of information technology and organizations, based on activities conducted on the Internet in our society.
B.Written reports shall demonstrate and summarize the interaction of information technology and organizations, based on activities conducted on the Internet in our society.
C.One or more mid-term exams or projects, and a final exam or project that demonstrate analysis, summarization, and knowledge of information technology use in society. The exams shall include essay questions on aspects of information
use in society.

IX. Texts and Supporting References

A.Examples of Primary Texts and References
1.* Baase, Sara; "The Gift of Fire", fourth edition, 2013, Prentice Hall, Pearson Education, ISBN-13: 978-0132492676 ISBN-10: 0132492679
B.Examples of Supporting Texts and References
1.http://www.mercurynews.com/ "San Jose Mercury News", Technology (typical of many newspapers that can be found).
2.http://slashdot.org/ Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters.
3.http://www.wired.com/ "Wired News".
4.http://www.siliconrepublic.com/ SiliconRepublic.com: Ireland's technology news print service (typical of many similar sites that can be found).