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SIE 525 - Overview

Information Systems Law

Professor Harlan J. Onsrud
Room 340 Boardman Hall

Course Objectives

This course reviews the current status of information systems law in regard to rights of privacy, freedom of information, confidentiality, work product protection, copyright, security, legal liability, and a range of additional legal and information policy topics. We will investigate the legal difficulties that technological innovations are causing in all of these areas. We will focus particularly on these issues in regard to their impact on the use of digital data work products and databases. Legal options for dealing with the conflicts caused by technological change and likely adaptations of the law over time in response to societal changes will be explored.

A. Class Sessions: On-Campus Students

   Class Sessions: Off-Campus Distance Students

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B. Course Materials

C. Grading and Class Policies

• 25% written responses to daily module assignments
• 25% performance as a moderator/editor and discussion participation (on-campus students) or     25% additional question responses (off-campus students)
• 25% mid-term exam
• 25% final exam

– up to 5% Extra Credit Book Review

D. Communications

E. 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.

F. Instructor Office Hours & Discussion Sessions
For one-on-one discussions with the instructor, E-mail to We can then arrange a phone conversation or in-person meeting as needed. An alternative method might be to send a query to  selected (or all) classmates through the Blackboard message interface.

SIE 525 Information Systems Law by Harlan Onsrud is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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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