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Course Details

Course Code: ISSC631 Course ID: 4100 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is an advanced study of information ethics, cyber privacy, and intellectual property. It examines the ethical, economic, and societal issues that face today’s information-entrenched society; this includes intellectual property rights, privacy, accessibility and censorship. The explosive growth of information technology, the increased competition in the global marketplace, and the surge in the use of information to protect society from terrorism has led to the unintended erosion of fundamental rights and values. This course appraises the current state of information ethics, the dangers and opportunities presented by information technology, and the potential solutions to the inherent risks in today’s information-bound society.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

A successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:

  1. Discuss the social impacts of computers in information technology.
  2. Examine relevant topics to include free speech, privacy, security and the law.
  3. Understand the importance of ethical issues that emerge from the widespread use of information technology.
  4. Analyze professional and ethical responsibilities based on community values and the law.
  5. Evaluate the economic, social, cultural and global impacts of decisions that are made relating to information technology.
  6. Understand the ethical issues associated with confidentiality and privacy as they relate to information technology.
  7. Identify the organizations, laws and regulations related to computer ethics and individual conduct in cyberspace.
  8. Apply critical thinking skills to evaluate cyber ethics issues.

Submit assignments to your student folder, and make sure you select the correct assignment association. Please name your submitted document with your last name as the first part of the file name. For example, Assignment #1 could be named, Lastname_Assignment1.doc. Forum assignments only need to be posted on the Forum. It is not necessary to submit a word document containing your Forum posts. Simply submit your discussion posts using the submit button and I will review them and update your assignment grade accordingly.

Assignment Requirements

This course has a strong writing component. The goal is to organize, synthesize, and demonstrate your comprehension of core concepts investigated during this course by applying a combination of the terms, concepts, and details you have learned in a systematic way. As important as "the details" that you analyze and arrange in your writing, however, are the conclusions you draw from those details, and your predictions, responses to, and ultimate interpretation of those details.

Forum Activities:

Each Forum activity will consist of one or more threads/topics. The assignments may involve discussion or debate. The questions are designed to allow you to apply what you have learned in the chapters to real-world scenarios or hypothetical, but realistic, situations. Post your answers to the questions in each thread prior to 11:55 p.m. ET on Wednesday. You are required to respond to at least two of your classmates post by Sunday at 11:55. Some threads may require you to post more than two replies, so make sure you read the directions carefully. Of course, you may always post more than the required number of replies and you are encouraged to continue participating in the discussion even after you have met the minimum number of posts required. Your follow-up posts must contain substance and should add additional insight to your classmates’ opinions or challenge their opinions. It is never sufficient to simply say, “I agree with what you wrote” or “I really liked your post.” You must use your follow-up posts as a way to continue the discussion at a high level of discourse. Be sure to read the follow-up posts to your own posts and reply to any questions or requests for clarification, including questions posted by your professor. You will be expected to log into the classroom several times each week to participate in the class discussion. Forum postings are a large part of your grade and I will be looking for quality and depth in your postings. I will also expect you to list your references at the end of each post.

Term Papers:

You will be required to write two term papers this semester. Details on the term papers will be listed under the assignments section. General specifications are as follows:

  1. You must write two 12-16 page term papers on computer related ethics. TOPICS MUST BE APPROVED.
  2. Term paper #1 is due at the end of week 4
  3. Term paper #2 is due at the end of week 8.
  4. In addition to the 12-16 pages of the paper itself, you must include a title page and a references page. Your title page must include the title of your paper, the date, the name of this course, your name, and your instructor’s name.
  5. Your references page must be written in APA citation style Arial 11 or 12-point font or Times New Roman styles. You must cite a minimum of ten (10) outside sources.
  6. Page margins Top, Bottom, Left Side and Right Side = 1 inch, with reasonable accommodation being made for special situations
  7. Your paper must be in your own words, representing original work. Paraphrases of others’ work must include attributions to the authors. Limit quotations to an average of no more than 3-5 lines, and use quotations sparingly! It is always better to paraphrase than to directly quote.
NameGrade %
Forums 32.00 %
Forum #1 4.00 %
Forum #2 4.00 %
Forum #3 4.00 %
Forum #4 4.00 %
Forum #5 4.00 %
Forum #6 4.00 %
Forum #7 4.00 %
Forum #8 4.00 %
Assignments 21.00 %
Assignment #1 3.00 %
Assignment #2 3.00 %
Assignment #3 3.00 %
Assignment #4 3.00 %
Assignment #5 3.00 %
Assignment #6 3.00 %
Assignment #7 3.00 %
Projects 47.00 %
Term Paper Outline #1 1.00 %
Term Paper Outline #2 1.00 %
Term Paper #1 22.00 %
Term Paper #2 23.00 %

Reference: American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American

Psychological Association (6th edition). Washington, DC: Author. ISBN: 1-4338-0561-8


Association for Computer Machinery: ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

Computer Ethics, Laws, Privacy Issues

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility: The 10 Commandments of Computer Ethics

The Electronic Privacy and Information Center

Research Center on Computing & Society, Southern Connecticut University

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Computer and Information Ethics

Tavani, H.T. “Computer Ethics and Social Responsibility: A Bibliography”

Book Title:Ethics and Technology: Controversies, Questions, and Strategies for Ethical Computing, 4th Edition
Publication Info:Wiley
Author:Herman T. Tavani
Unit Cost:$75.64
Electronic ISBN:9781118875599
Electronic Unit Cost:$30.00
Book Title:REFERENCE ONLY- Information Security Fundamentals, 2nd edition-This text will be REQUIRED in ISSC661 and ISSC680. This text will be used as a reference only for the other courses in the ISSC program. E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Auerbach Publications
Author:Thomas R. Peltier
Unit Cost:$79.95

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.