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Ethics in a Computing Culture, 1st Edition

  • William 'Bo' John Brinkman, II Miami University
  • Alton 'Al' F. Sanders Miami University
  • ISBN-10: 1111531102  |  ISBN-13: 9781111531102
  • 512 Pages
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $81.00
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ETHICS IN A COMPUTING CULTURE introduces key ideas in moral theory and professionalism to explore the hottest topics in computer ethics. With a unique blend of theory, application, and critical thinking exercises, each chapter underscores the interdisciplinary links between computing and diverse areas of study. Abundant multicultural cases are presented throughout to highlight contrasts and conflicts in ethical perspectives across the globe. ETHICS IN A COMPUTING CULTURE encourages students to continually read, reflect and write to hone sharp critical thinking skills. Students learn that that computing is not a purely technical discipline but one with moral and social implications that affect everyday life.

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Features and Benefits

  • Focus on reflection - Decades of educational research show that critical reflection, through both reading and writing, are key to student cognitive development. ETHICS IN A COMPUTING CULTURE allows instructors to easily put this approach into practice.
  • Daily informal writing - Open-ended reflection questions can sometimes work poorly because students miss the intent of the question. The exercises within this text instruct students which areas to focus on. Position questions ask students to defend a stance on issues with no right or wrong answer. Context questions require students to consider changing contexts to ethical problems. Application questions let students put moral theory and definitions into practice through real-world scenarios. Review questions drill students on key ideas presented in each chapter. Research questions encourage students to dig into outside readings.
  • Question types relate directly to critical thinking rubrics (e.g. the WSU critical thinking rubric) - Research questions focus on evidence (WSU level 5), Position questions focus on formulating positions (WSU level 2), and Context questions focus on the effects of changing context (WSU level 6). Instructors can easily map our questions onto existing evaluation frameworks, making data collection for ABET evaluations simpler.
  • Diverse perspectives in every chapter - Many universities are requiring global topics in general education courses. ETHICS IN A COMPUTING CULTURE contains diversity-oriented or multicultural cases in every chapter.
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives in every chapter- Computing is inherently interdisciplinary. Every chapter includes interdisciplinary cases to illustrate the links between computing and other disciplines.

Table of Contents

1. Moral Philosophy and Critical Thought.
2. Applied Ethics: Computing Professions and Professional Ethics.
3. Privacy.
4. Intangible Property.
5. Trust and Trustworthy Computing.
6. Human Relationships, Identity, and the Epistemology of Cyberspace.
7. Freedom of Speech and of the Press.
8. Social Justice.
9. Autonomous Computing.

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Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1111822735 | ISBN-13: 9781111822736)

Instructor Resources help you make the most of your course with teaching aids and information on using the text. Instructor’s Manual and Sample Syllabi offer tips to help you plan, organize, and grade an effective, engaging course. PowerPoint Presentations outline key concepts to guide your classroom presentation. ExamView test banks let you quickly and easily create pen and paper or online tests to assess students’ understanding of material.

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GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY WATCH takes the guesswork and last-minute searching out of providing your students with the most up-to-date and relevant technology-related video, images, news stories, and podcasts. Global Technology Watch helps breathe new life into your Computing course by emphasizing why computer concepts matter in today's world. With a breadth of topics including Technology Ethics and Information Privacy, you can ensure that your students are on the cutting edge of technology news and information.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

William 'Bo' John Brinkman, II

Bo Brinkman is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He has received best paper awards for his work in computer ethics and algorithms and was published in the prestigious Journal of the ACM. His recent work on the ethical implications of augmented reality has been featured on the blogs of the Chronicle of Higher Education, Fast Company, and Read Write Web. Follow Bo on Twitter @EiaCC for the latest updates.

Alton 'Al' F. Sanders

Alton F. Sanders began his computer career in 1963. He has worked as a software developer, software consultant, system manager, and university professor. Sanders has received numerous teaching awards, and in addition to his technical publications, has published papers exploring computer ethics and software engineering issues with an ethical impact. He is now Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.