IS 1091 Ethical and social implications of technology


This course will be conducted using an interactive online tool called Moodle. Course assignments, resources, and discussion forums are available there. If you need any help with accessing Moodle, please let me know.

On this page you will find information about:

Class meetings

Tue, Thur 1-1:50pm, Sci 1030


Elena Machkasova
Office: Sci 2325, Phone: 6308
Office hours: M, W, F 1-2pm, Tue 2-3pm
e-mail: (I check and answer my e-mail very frequently)

Textbook and other resources

The textbook: Morton Winston, Ralph Edelbach (editors) "Society, Ethics, and Technology " (available at the University bookstore).

The book contains a collection of articles. I will also assign articles that don't appear in the book. The articles will be put on library reserve (including electronic reserve) or copies will be distributed in class. Some materials will be linked from the syllabus, available on Moodle.

You must check your UMM e-mail frequently (at least once a day). Some course announcements may be sent by e-mail. If you use an e-mail account other than your UMM account, please arrange for e-mail forwarding.

Course setup

"I tolerate with the utmost latitude the right of others to differ from me in opinion." Thomas Jefferson

This class is a very interactive class. As a student, you will participate in all-class or group discussion, express your views in online interactive discussion and in papers, evaluate other students' presentations and papers. It is important that in this class everyone feels included in the discussion and feels free to express their opinions. It is essential that you treat other participants with respect, listen carefully to their opinions, and recognize people's right to have an opinion that you might consider wrong.

If you feel that something in the class doesn't allow you to express your opinions freely or in other ways prevents you from enjoying an open and safe learning environment, please discuss the situation with me as soon as possible. I always welcome constructive feedback on how a class is run and I will do my best to respond constructively. Remember that communications are essential for improving the situation. If you are not comfortable talking to me about the way the class is run, please don't hesitate to talk to another CSci faculty member or to your advisor to try to work out the solution.


The grade for this course will be based (approximately) on the following:
Class participation 15%
Presentation 15%
Online forum 25%
Paper 1 15%
Final Paper 30%

Grading policies

Basic Grading Scheme: (100-90)% A; (90-80)% B; (80-70)% C; (70-60)% D; below 60% F. Small adjustments may be made for particularly good final exams, class average and other signs of individual effort.

Official Grading Policies:
A achievement that is outstanding relative to the level necessary to meet course requirements.
B achievement that is significantly above the level necessary to meet course requirements.
C achievement that meets the course requirements in every respect.
D achievement that is worthy of credit even though it fails to meet fully the course requirements.
S achievement that is satisfactory, which is equivalent to a C- or better (achievement required for an S is at the discretion of the instructor but may be no lower than a C-).
F (or N) Represents failure (or no credit) and signifies that the work was either (1) completed but at a level of achievement that is not worthy of credit or (2) was not completed and there was no agreement between the instructor and the student that the student would be awarded an I (see also I)
I Incomplete. Assigned at the discretion of the instructor when, due to extraordinary circumstances, e.g., hospitalization, a student is prevented from completing the work of the course on time. Requires a written agreement between instructor and student.

Other policies

It is University policy to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. This publication/material is available in alternative formats to persons with disabilities upon request. Please contact the instructor or the Disability Services office, 589-6178, Room 362 Briggs Library to discuss accommodation needs.