Tutorial Grinnell College Fall, 2008
 
Computers: Facts, Misconceptions, and Ethical Issues
 

Preliminary Class Schedule

Although the following schedule provides a reasonable overview of the activities anticipated for this course, you should expect various details to change through the semester.


Tuesday Thursday
Week 1
August 26 August 28
New Student Days
Week 1 Notes
8:00 am Tutorial Introduction
Goals, Themes, Mechanics, Administrivia
  8:15 am Student presentations of news stories
  8:40 am Basics of Citation, Quotation and Paraphrasing
Mr. Kevin Crim, Writing Lab
9:15 am Milestones in Computing and Networking
Distributed: Research Exercise 1
Read: Quinn, Sections 1.1-1.3
Due: Class
Questions


Submit questions by Wednesday at 5:00 PM
Week 2
September 2 September 4
8:00 am Discussion of Results of Research Exercise 1
Discussion of Findings
Consideration of Strategies
8:00 am Student presentations of news stories
8:40 am Expectations for Academic Honesty 8:20 am Class Discussion: Computer Organization, Part 1
8:40 am Brainstorming: Leading Class Discussion
9:10 am Information Storage, Retrieval, Issues 9:00 am Finding and Evaluating Research Materials
Mr. Kevin Engel, Associate Librarian
Distributed: Research Exercise 2
Read: Read: Walker, The Tao of Computing, pages 1-14
Due: Research Exercise 1

Class
Questions


Submit questions by Wednesday at 5:00 PM
Week 3
September 9 September 11
8:00 am Student-led Discussion: Ethical Theories 8:00 am Student presentations of news stories
  8:15 am Computer Organization, Part 2
8:50 am Group Exercise #1 on Citation, Plagiarism, and Paraphrasing 8:45 am Introduction to Ethics, continued
9:15 am Discussion: What makes a good paper? 9:10 am Discussion of Research Exercise 2 with Mr. Engel
Refinement of Strategies
Distributed: Research Exercise 3
Read: Quinn, Sections 2.1-2.9 Read: Quinn, Sections 2.9-2.10, Moor Interview
Walker, The Tao of Computing, pages 14-26
Due: Research Exercise 2

Report: Topic for Paper 1

Week 4
September 16 September 18
8:00 am Student presentations of news stories
  8:15 am Laboratory Exercise: Intro. to the MathLAN, MathLAN Computers, and the World Wide Web
9:00 am Discussion of Research Exercise 3
Refinement of Strategies
Due: Research Exercise 3

Week 5
September 23 September 25
8:00 am Student-led Discussion: Ethics and Computer Networking 8:00 am Student presentations of news stories
  8:15 am Ethics Issues for Networking
8:40 am Group Exercise #2 on Citation, Plagiarism, and Paraphrasing 8:50 am Group Exercise #3 on Citation, Plagiarism, and Paraphrasing
9:15 am 9:15 am Computer storage of numbers and text
Read: Quinn, Sections 3.1-3.9 Read: Quinn, Sections 3.10, Wyatt Interview
Walker, The Tao of Computing, pages 27-43
Due: Paper 1 Due: Laboratory Exercise: Intro. to the MathLAN, MathLAN Computers, and the World Wide Web
Class
Questions


Submit questions by Wednesday at 5:00 PM
Week 6
September 30 October 2
8:00 am Laboratory Exercise on the Representation of Integers 8:00 am Student presentations of news stories
  8:15 am Computer storage of multimedia
9:00 am Student-led Discussion: Intellectual Property 9:00 am Ethics and intellectual property
Read: Quinn, Sections 4.1-4.8 Read: Quinn, Sections 4.9-4.10, Seltzer Interview
Walker, The Tao of Computing, pages 44-64
Due: Academic Honesty Exercise on Paraphrase Due: Laboratory Exercise on the Representation of Integers
Class
Questions


Submit questions by Wednesday at 5:00 PM
Week 7
October 7 October 9
8:00 am Laboratory Exercise on Creating a Photo Album
8:00 am Student presentations of news stories
  8:15 am Ethical Issues for Individual Privacy
9:00 am Student-led Discussion: Privacy 9:00 am Computer programs and data storage
Read: Quinn, Sections 5.1-5.9 Read: Quinn, Sections 5.10-5.11, Cavoukian Interview
Walker, The Tao of Computing, Chapter 3
Due: Laboratory Exercise on Creating a Photo Album
Report: Topic for Paper 2

Class
Questions


Submit questions by Wednesday at 5:00 PM
Week 8
October 14 October 16
  8:20 am Student presentations of news stories
8:30 am Discussion: Operating Systems 8:30 am Discussion: Software and Problem Solving
9:00 am Student Stress, Sleep, etc.:
Joyce Stern, Director of Academic Advising
9:00 am Lecture: The Halting Problem
Read: Walker, The Tao of Computing, Chapter 4 Read: Walker, The Tao of Computing, Chapter 5
Due Paper 2 Class
Questions


Submit questions by Wednesday at 5:00 PM
Break Week
October 21 October 23
Fall Break Fall Break
Week 8
October 28 October 30
8:00 am Discussion: Computer and Network Security 8:00 am Student presentations of news stories
8:30 am Computer capacities and speeds 8:20 am Procedures for pre-registration
9:00 am Demonstration: Inside a Computer
Technician, ITS
8:40 am E-voting
Read: Quinn, Sections 6.1-6.4, Bishop Interview
Walker, The Tao of Computing, Chapter 6
Read: Quinn, Sections 6.5
Articles on E-voting from the Winter 2001 newsletter of CPSR, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (http://www.cpsr.org).
Class
Questions


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Questions


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Week 9
November 4 November 6
8:00 am Student-led Discussion: Computer Reliability 8:00 am Student presentations of news stories
8:40 am Elements of Oral Presentations
Organization, Delivery, Relationship to Writing, Practice
8:20 am Connecting computers
9:00 am Nature of computer applications 9:00 am Issues for Computer Reliability
Read: Quinn, Chapter 7, Rubin Interview
Walker, The Tao of Computing, Chapter 7
Read: Walker, The Tao of Computing, Chapter 8
Class
Questions


Submit questions by Monday at 5:00 PM Class
Questions


Submit questions by Wednesday at 5:00 PM
Report: Topic for Paper 3

Week 10
November 11 November 13
8:00 am Student-led Discussion: Professional Ethics 8:00 am Student presentations on paper 3
  8:40 am Student presentations of news stories
9:00 am Catch Up 9:00 am MathLAN: The Departmental PC/Linux Network
Configuration
Hardware and Software
John Stone, MathLAN Manager
Due Paper 3
Week 11
November 18 November 20
8:00 am Catch up 8:00 am Student presentations of news stories
  8:15 am
9:15 Student-led Discussion: Work and Wealth 9:15 am Data security
Read: Quinn, Sections 9.1-9.7 Read: Quinn, Berman Interview
Walker, The Tao of Computing, Chapter 10

Class
Questions


Submit questions by Monday at 5:00 PM
Week 12
November 25 November 27
8:00 am Privacy and security on personal computers
9:00 am Catch up time
Thanksgiving Holiday
Optional Laboratory Exercise on Building a Web Page
Read: Walker, The Tao of Computing, Chapter 11
Class
Questions


Submit questions by Monday at 5:00 PM

Report: Topic for Paper 4

Week 13
December 2 December 4
8:00 am Distribution of Research Papers within Groups 8:00 am Discussions, Comments on Research Papers
8:15 am Privacy and security for Web applications 8:20 am Student presentations of news stories
8:40 am How Web applications work
9:00 am The Campus Network — Mr. Francis, Director, ITS 9:00 am Student Presentations of Paper 4
Read: Walker, The Tao of Computing, Chapter 12 Read: Walker, The Tao of Computing, Chapter 13
Due: Draft of Research Paper (4 copies needed) Due: Written feedback on Research Papers

Week 14
December 9 December 11
8:00 am Student Presentations of Paper 4 8:00 am Student presentations of news stories
8:15 am Student Presentations of Paper 4
9:35 am End-of-course Evaluations 9:35 am Semester Wrap Up
Due: Research paper on chosen topic


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