CS 585 002 Spring 2013 Midterms and Finals

The goals of the midterm and final are twofold: Thus, simply repeating or rephrasing what someone else has written is not sufficient to earn an A. Your communication choices are:

An analytic paper takes one or more works of CS ethics and/or SF and tears them apart and looks at individual components, framing, assumptions, and presentation.

A review is expected to reference both the work of science fiction and at least one work of ethics writing. You may use the textbook, other textbooks, or other articles. Dr. Goldsmith has several other textbooks that you may peruse or borrow

A survey looks at at least three ethics sources that discuss the same ethical issue. In it, you will present the different analyses, and more importantly, you will compare and contrast them.

An in-class presentation can be on a single or multiple sources on CS ethics, or can combine a description of something SF (book, story, movie, TV show, etc.) with an informed analysis (preferably with source) of the ethical issues raised.

A short story must raise ethical issues relevant to computer science.

In all cases, part of your grade depends on evidence of careful proofreading. I will take off points for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors, and for tortured syntax.

In all cases, the proposal should be accompanied by a bibliography. If you have another option you wish to explore, feel free to suggest it by the time the midterm or final proposal is due. New format ideas between proposal date and due date are not encouraged, because it gives me too little time to formulate specs.

A bibliographic entry should answer the "who, what, where, when" questions: author(s), title, publication venue, and date. Wikipedia is not a source, for these purposes, though it can lead you to sources.