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Credit- Degree applicable
Effective Quarter: Fall 2012

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: English Writing 211 and Reading 211 (or Language Arts 211), or English as a Second Language 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 historical techniques.
B.Analyze the effect of the Internet, computers, and cellular communications on individuals, culture, and society.
C.Analyze the effects of the Internet, computers, and cellular communications on institutions, including education, business, economics, and politics.

D.Judge the effect of the the Internet and computers on law and ethics.
E.Consider trends that may affect the future.

III. Essential Student Materials

 A computer, Internet access, and a web browser that provides media playback, images, animation, audio, and video.

IV. Essential College Facilities

 Computer lab with equipment allowing use of application software and Internet access.

V. Expanded Description: Content and Form

A.Contrast the current use of the Internet and computers with historical techniques.
1.Examine pre-computer society.
2.Compare with business and industry before the last twenty years.
3.Child labor and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
4.Civil rights.
5.Civil liberties and privacy.
6.Development of the modern computer.
a.European contributions.
b.American contributions.
c.Asian contributions.
B.Analyze the effect of the Internet, computers, and cellular communications on individuals, culture, and society.
1.Investigate the impact on people and societal institutions.
a.Changing nature of the work place.
b.Education.
c.Health care; the disabled.
d.Recreation.
e.Medicine and science.
f.Law enforcement.
g.Information access.
h.Entertainment.
2.Explore the implications of computer use.
a.Productivity.
b.Crime.
c.Health; ergonomics.
d.Social cohesiveness.
e.Displacement of societal sectors.
f.Equal opportunities for minorities and women.
g.Privacy.
h.Collection and use of information about the activites of individuals.
C.Analyze the effects of the Internet, computers, and cellular communications on institutions, including education, business, economics, and politics.
1.Examine the evolving global economy.
a.International balance of economic and political power.
b.Traditionally industrialized countries: i.e. Japan, Germany, U.S.A.
c.Developing countries: i.e., Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, India, African nations.
d.Less developed countries: i.e. Afghanistan, North Korea, Sudan.
2.Investigate the use of computers in business, industry and government.
a.Manufacturing industries: e.g. machine tools, electronic components, CAS/CAM.
b.Service industries: e.g. banking, marketing, the stock market.
c.Government and law enforcement: local, state, federal.
3.Assess the political effects nationally and internationally.
a.American political parties and campaigns.
b.The role of political action committees.
c.Political processess for democratic and totalitarian countries.
D.Judge the effect of the the Internet and computers on law and ethics.
1.Examine the issue of protection of privacy.
a.Electronic mail.
b.Computer networks.
c.Computer hacking.
d.Collection of personal informtion.
2.Explore the methods used for access to information.
a.Credit reporting.
b.Records (FBI, IRS, etc.).
3.Discuss the implications of Internet "privacy."
4.Discuss means and availability of legal protection for information and systems.
5.Explore the issues of reliability and security problems.
6.Discuss the implications and scope of computer crime.
7.Explore computer industry's efforts to establish an industry-wide ethics statement.
a.Concept of ethics statement.
b.Participants in design.
c.Effects on industry users.
d.Effects on individual users.
E.Consider trends that may affect the future.
1.Attempt to identify trends that may affect the future.
2.Attempt to 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 describing and discussing the interaction of information technology and organizations and activites in society.
A.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.
B.Printed reports summarizing and analyzing effects of information technology on organizations and activities in society.

IX. Texts and Supporting References

A.Required Texts
1.* Baase, Sara; "The Gift of Fire", third edition, 2008, Prentice Hall, Pearson Education, ISBN-10: 0136008488 | ISBN-13: 9780136008484.
B.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).