University of San Diego

Computer Ethics -- HNRS 318 Sect. 1:

Lawrence M. Hinman, Ph.D. and John Glick

Time: Fall 2006 - 9:15am-10:35am - S128

Course Description:

Required Texts:


See the Schedule of Assignments page for a complete list of reading requirements and assignments

Final Project

There will be one large final research paper and presentation


There will be two exams consisting of in class written essays. Sample topics will be provided before each exam. Exam dates can be found on the course schedule.
Make-up exams are only permitted for medical reasons with a written excuse from a physician stating that the student was unable to take the exam on the assigned date for medical reasons.


Your grade will be based on the weighted average of participation, exams, and final project.

The final grade will be weighted as follows:

10%     class participation
10% 2 essays, 3-5 page each (5% each)
20%   first exam
20%  second exam
35%   research paper
5% presentation of major paper

Grades will be assigned on a 90%, 80%,70%,60% scale. "Pluses" and "minuses" are given out only at our discretion.

Office Hours

Office hours are listed below, along with class schedule.

Larry Hinman
Office: Founders 164

  Monday Tuesday Wendesday Thursday Friday Room
Phil. 334-02: Robotic Ethics 2:30-5:20         Serra Hall 102
Phil. 321-01: Social Ethics   7:45-9:05   7:45-9:05   Serra Hall 204
Phil. 321-02: Social Ethics   9:15-10:35   9:15-10:35   Serra Hall 204
Office Hours 12:15-2:15 10:40-12:30   10:40-12:30   F-160B*

Typically, I will be around campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays after my office hours.  If you can't make my posted office hours let me know.

*Note new office, inside Logic Center (Founders 160, Suite B)

Phone: 619-260-4787.

Dr. John H. Glick
Office: Serra Hall, Room 133A
Office Hours: Tuesday, 2:30 - 4, Wednesday, 10 - 12, Thursday, 2:30 - 4, and by appointment
Phone: (619) 260-4018
Fax: (619) 260-4293
email: glick at sandiego dot edu

World Wide Web Site

This syllabus, including any last minute changes to it, will be available on the World Wide Web at:

Also, a variety of resources for ethics are available at my site, Ethics Updates. Its address is:

Please consult these regularly.

Attendance and Participation

Attendance and participation are an integral part of the course. Participation is judged on

  1. students' grasp of the assigned reading material;
  2. their ability to apply ideas developed in the readings to new situations, including their own experience; and
  3. their ability to listen to, and respond relevantly to, the comments of other students in the course.

Students are responsible for the material presented in class, and for any assignments announced in class.

All students are expected to come to class having read and thought critically on the assigned reading. Discussion is paramount in a computer ethics class and is expected of all students.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to adhere to the university’s Policy on Academic Integrity. Salient to this class in particular is that you not present the work of any other as your own - this includes information found on the web.

If we become aware of any violations of these rules, we will initiate the actions described in the Policy on Academic Integrity.
We reserve the right to fail any student who falsely presents the work of others as their own.

Lawrence M. Hinman - University of San Diego