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ITMG381 - Cyberlaw and Privacy in a Digital Age

Course Details

Course Code: ITMG381 Course ID: 2938 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course examines how laws have had to change to account for the expanded realm of crimes in the digital age. Despite legislation intended to combat the problem of identity theft, it continues to be one of the most common crimes associated with the Internet. Sexual harassment complaints can now be triggered simply by an employee forwarding a questionable email to fellow employees. Some regard intellectual property rights violations to be innocent flattery, while others consider them to be violations that must be stamped out by force of law. Plagiarism by students who pull content from the Internet is a growing problem. Stalkers can log into their victims lives and gain access to highly confidential medical and financial information, and even sabotage their victim's reputations. This course examines current literature on such topics as HIPPA, FERPA, COPPA, Sarbanes - Oxley and other current legislation impacting legal disputes.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:

  1. Analyze key cases in the American courts and how they illustrate various legal concepts.
  2. Categorize the various taxation issues created by the Internet and apply case law to determining appropriate taxes in various situations.
  3. Apply the laws for trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights to various situations involving the Internet and e-commerce.
  4. Analyze the issues surrounding jurisdiction that have been created by the Internet and e-commerce. Examine the issues surrounding torts and product liability, created by the Internet and e-commerce, according to the terms of a given contract.
  5. Compare and contrast various ways of raising capital for an e-business. Analyze the issues surrounding securities that have been created by the Internet and e-commerce.
  6. Summarize the facts of a case and determine if antitrust law has been violated.
  7. Evaluate the facts of a case and determine if hiring and termination laws have been violated.
  8. Distinguish the numerous types of computer crime.

Submit your Weekly 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 within the Forum Board. It is not necessary to submit a word document containing your forum posts. Simply submit your forum postings 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.

Written Assignments

  1. Each weeks assignment instructions can be found under the Assignments tab. For example, Assignment #1 can be found under the Assignment #1 tab within Assignments.
  2. Complete the assignment in a Word document with your last name as part of the file name.
  3. After answering the questions, save and upload the document in the Assignments section of the e-classroom.
  4. All assignments must be written using APA guidelines.

Assignments are due by Sunday 11:59 p.m. ET of the week in which they are assigned. If you need an extension, please contact me vial email to discuss your circumstances.

LATE ASSIGNMENTS

Students are expected to submit classroom assignments by the posted due date and to complete the course according to the published class schedule. As adults, students, and working professionals I understand you must manage competing demands on your time. Should you need additional time to complete an assignment please contact me before the due date so we can discuss the situation and determine an acceptable resolution. Routine submission of late assignments is unacceptable and may result in points deducted from your final course grade. Assignments submitted late without a prearranged extension will be subject to a 10% per week late penalty. For example, if you post a late assignment 1 day after the due you will receive a 10% penalty. If the assignment is submitted two weeks after the due date you will receive an additional 10% resulting in a 20% deduction in the grade and so on. Please pay attention to the assignment due dates to avoid having points deducted from your grade. No late assignments will be accepted after the last day of the course.

Weekly forum Activities:

Each week you will be required to participate in the weekly forums. 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 chapter to real-world scenarios or hypothetical, but realistic, situations. Post your answers to the questions in each thread prior to 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday at 11:55 pm. Please do not be late with this post because your classmates will be relying on you to post on time to give them a post to respond to later in the week. A discussion period will then ensue from Thursday through Sunday. Read your classmates' posts and post at least two follow-up messages to your classmates’ posts in each thread prior to 11:55 p.m. ET on Sunday. 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 forum participation will be considered at the end of the semester if your grade is on the borderline. Borderline grades will only be rounded up if you have exceeded the minimum requirements in the forums and shown insight and critical thinking in all of your posts and replies. 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. References should be in APA citation format.

Term Paper:

You will be required to write one term paper this semester. The specifications are as follows:

You must write a 4-6 page term paper on a cyberlaw of your choice. This project provides you with an opportunity to increase and demonstrate your understanding of cyberlaw theory and practice. The paper will be broken down into three parts. You will need to pick a law(s) that you find interesting. The paper must be 4-6 pages detailing the below questions.

Before completing the below steps, please be sure to have the law that you are researching approved.

  1. Thesis: What are you researching (This is where you will need to choose a specific law)? What is the position that you want to take (Do you agree or disagree with the current way in which the law is written)?
  2. Background: What is the existing point you want to challenge or support, and how did the law get to be that way?

Now take a look at the inadequacies and adequacies of the law you are researching.

  1. Inadequacies: What are the deficiencies in the current way of doing things, or what are the weaknesses in the argument you are attacking?
  2. Adequacies: How will we have a better situation, mode of understanding or clarity of procedure with what you are advocating? In short, how can the law be improved (or not diminished)? (This is where you will have the chance to change the law with your own ideas of how it should be improved).
  3. Conclusion: Why should this new proposal of the law be adopted?

A detailed implementation plan is NOT expected, but you should provide enough specifics for practical follow-up. In making the recommendations, you are expected to draw on theories, concepts and readings.
When writing the term paper you must have a minimum of 3-5 outside sources cited and referenced in the paper.

  1. Your term paper outline is due at the end of Week 2.
  2. Your term paper is due at the end of Week 8.
  3. In addition to the 4-6 pages of the paper itself, you must include a title page and a reference page.
  4. Your title page must include the title of your paper, the date, the name of the course, your name, and your instructor’s name.
  5. Your reference page must be written in APA citation style, Arial or Time New Roman styles, 12-point font.
  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 write the information in your own words than to directly quote.
  8. Papers will automatically run through Turnitin upon submission. PAPERS WITH AN ORIGINALITY REPORT FROM TURNITIN OVER 15% OR OVER 2% FROM A SINGLE SOURCE WILL RESULT IN A SIGNIFICANT POINT REDUCTION.
  9. PER THE STUDENT HANDBOOK, YOU CANNOT SUBMIT A PAPER THAT HAS BEEN SUBMITTED IN ANOTHER COURSE.
NameGrade %
Forums 32.00 %
Forum Week 1 4.00 %
Forum Week 2 4.00 %
Forum Week 3 4.00 %
Forum Week 4 4.00 %
Forum Week 5 4.00 %
Forum Week 6 4.00 %
Forum Week 7 4.00 %
Forum Week 8 4.00 %
Assignments 40.00 %
Assignment #1 5.71 %
Assignment #2 5.71 %
Assignment #3 5.71 %
Assignment #4 5.71 %
Assignment #5 5.71 %
Assignment #6 5.71 %
Assignment #7 5.71 %
Term Paper Outline 3.00 %
Term Paper Outline 3.00 %
Term Paper 25.00 %
Term Paper 25.00 %

Bagby, J. (2002). Cyberlaw handbook for ecommerce . Mason, OH: South-Western College.

Halbert, T., & Inqulli, E. (2004). Cyberethics. Mason, OH: South-Western College.

Helewitz, J. (2003). Cyberlaw : legal principles of emerging technologies . Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Book Title:Cyberlaw : Text and Cases, 3rd ed.- the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom; hard copy not available from the APUS Bookstore, please try other sources.
ISBN:9780324399721
Publication Info:VS-Cengage
Author:Ferrera
Unit Cost:$231.82
Electronic ISBN:9781133173502
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.