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COS 490 - Overview

Computers, Ethics and Society

Professor Harlan J. Onsrud
Room 340 Boardman Hall

Course Objectives

This course considers the human and social consequences of technological development and the use of computers in society. Ethical questions of computer use and professional ethics are addressed. The course covers readings and assignments grouped under the following headings: • history of cyber society, • cyberlaw and internet law, • crime and security, • privacy, • society: ethics, psychology, and U.S. political system, • cyber society perspectives on education and business, • project teamwork, and potentially • collaboration and • design.

A. Class Sessions: On-Campus Students

   Class Sessions: Off-Campus Distance Students (UNAVAILABLE FALL 2017)

B. Course Materials

C. Important Notices

Important Notices
Academic Honesty: Academic honesty is expected.  Plagiarism is unacceptable in this course and will result in a failing grade.  “Although a writer may use other persons’ words and thoughts, they must be acknowledged as such.” Joseph Gibaldi and Walter S. Achtert, MLA Handbook (Modern Language Association) 1977, p. 4. You should assume that the instructor will use a modern plagiarism checker to check your submitted work against all previous electronic submissions in the course as well as against all online and library electronic resources.

D. Instructor Office Hours & Discussion Sessions


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Contact Information

Computing and Information Science Courses Online
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System