Ross-Barger Philosophy Inventory
as used on 2012-01-12.
Philosophical Belief Systems, Part I:
Idealism and Realism
by Ms. Helen Fields, director of the CEC Satellite Office of the USC
Career Center, used on 2012-01-24.
Philosophical Belief Systems, Part II:
Pragmatism and Existentialism
Three Simple Ethical Cases:
Absolutist and Relativist Positions
The Ethical Decision-Making Process
Psychology and Computer Ethics
The Computing Field as a Profession
Computer-Related Codes of Ethics
Legal and Ethical Issues in
Computer Security, presentation by Dr. Csilla Farkas
Quizzes (In-Class Exercises)
Points per assignment.
See lecture log for a more complete list, which includes assignments for
which no handout was given.
- (HW1) Do the exercises at the end of chapters 1 and 2 of [B].
Due date: Thursday, January 26, 2011.
- Your homework essay must be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point font.
The essay, in total, must be no longer than two pages. Please type the
questions as well as your answers.
- Please turn in hard copy, but save the source file,
because you may be asked to
submit an electronic version later.
- For question 1 on p.15, provide only one occurrence and
why you think it should have been included.
- For question 2 on p.15,
provide only one example of each of the two kinds and
explain why they meet the conditions of the question.
- For question 3 on p.15, provide only one kind of problem and explain why the
computer has raised a unique dilemma.
- (HW2) Attend the SET career fair on Wednesday, February 1.
Register on JobMate.
Prepare or update your resume.
Turn in a one-page report of your visit to the Career Fair, a statement that
you registered on JobMate, and a copy of your resume on Thursday,
February 2, 2012.
Note: This satisfies the "Professional Activities" requirement
described in the "Grading Policy" page.
- (HW3) Do the exercises at the end of chapter 3 of [B].
Due date: Thursday, February 9, 2012.
A one-and-a-half page paper (roughly half a page per question) is expected.
- (HW4) Do the exercises at the end of chapters 6 and 7 of [B].
Due date: Thursday, March 1, 2012. Note date change! (It used to be March 8.)
I expect at least one page per question.
- (HW5) Do exercises 1 and 4 at the end of chapter 9 of [B]. Due date:
Thursday, March 22, 2012. (Note date change from March 15, 2012.)
- (HW6) Choose a topic of professional interest that includes a
non-trivial ethical issue from
ACM TechNews archives.
Prepare a 5-slide PowerPoint presentation in which
(1) you summarize the topic (with appropriate
references), (2) you apply the 8-step ethical decision-making process
to the problem, (3) you apply the ACM Code or the ACM/IEEE-CS Code.
The PowerPoint presentation is due by 11:55pm on April 11.
It must be submitted using the departmental dropbox.
All students should be prepared for presentation on April 12.
Some students will be asked to present in class on April 12; others on
April 19, the last day of class.
The USC Blackboard
has a site for this course.
Some useful links:
- Career-related links
- Career Center at CEC
- Career Center at USC (main site)
- ACM Career and
- ACM CareerNews
- ACM Computing Degrees and
"Internet Access is Not a Human Right,"
an article by Vinton G. Cerf, New York Times, January 4, 2012
"What is Artificial Intelligence?"
An article by Richard Powers, New York Times, February 5, 2011, about the IBM
Jeopardy-playing Watson program (local copy)
The PBS NOVA Show "Smartest Machine on Earth" describes the IBM
Jeopardy-playing program Watson
The IBM Watson web site
(also can be reached this way).
Some comments by Carnegie Mellon professor Eric Nyberg and graduate students
Nico Schlaefer and Hideki Shima, who worked
on the IBM Watson project.
Building Watson: An Overview of the DeepQA Project
David Ferrucci, Eric Brown, Jennifer Chu-Carroll, James Fan, David Gondek, Aditya A. Kalyanpur, Adam Lally, J. William Murdock, Eric Nyberg, John Prager, Nico Schlaefer, Chris Welty. _AI Magazine, vol.31, no.3 (Fall 2010).
(full text available only to AAAI members).
J. Denning. "The Computing Field: Structure." April 2008 (rev. 9/14/08).
Typescript. Naval Postgraduate School.
Chi, R. Glaser, and E. Rees. "Expertise in Problem Solving." In:
R.J. Sternberg (Ed.), Advances in the Psychology of Human Intelligence
(vol. 1). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum, 1982
The League of Technical
Voters Website, recommended by Professor Duncan Buell
The ACM Code of Ethics and
Professional Conduct (html)
The Software Engineering Code of
Ethics and Professional Practice (Version 5.2) as recommended by the
ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Task Force on Software Engineering Ethics and Professional
Practices and jointly approved by the ACM and the IEEE-CS as the standard for
teaching and practicing software engineering (html)
Gotterbarn, D. and Miller, K. W. 2004. "Computer ethics in the undergraduate
curriculum: case studies and the joint software engineer's code." J. Comput.
Small Coll. 20, 2 (Dec. 2004), 156-167 (local copy, pdf).
- Links concerning professional codes of ethics
- The ACM Code of Ethics
and Professional Conduct
- The ACM Code of
Ethics: Flyer with Abridged Version
- The Software Engineering Code of
Ethics and Professional Practice
- The Ten Commandments of
Computer Ethics (from the site of Computer Professional for Social
- Gotterbarn, D. and
Miller, K. W. 2004. Computer ethics in the undergraduate curriculum: case
studies and the joint software engineer's code. J. Comput. Small Coll. 20, 2
(Dec. 2004), 156-167.
- Local copy of the above.
- Peter Aiken, Robert M. Stanley, Juanita
Billings, and Luke Anderson.
"Using Codes of Conduct to Resolve Legal Disputes."
Computer, 43, 4 (April 2010), pp.29-34 (local copy, pdf).
- "Codes of
Ethics in English" Online Ethics Center for Engineering 10/13/2009 National
Academy of Engineering Accessed: Monday, April 12, 2010
(Note that the
ACM/IEEE-CS Software Engineering and Professional Practice was not on this page
- Links related to current events
New York Times article of 2011-02-16 about how Egypt was disconnected
from the internet on January 28, 2011:
original article (notice comments link)
Bloomberg News article on
Internet "Kill Switch" Authority:
- Links related to carreer planning
Careers (TM) article by Randall Hanssen
Career Planning Guide for
Norman Matloff's Introduction to the vi Text editor
Norman Matloff's Unix Tutorial Center