ICS 131 Social Analysis of Computerization


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Schedule, Lecture, & Assignments



Administrative Information


Instructor: David Redmiles

Electronic Mail: redmiles@ics.uci.edu

Office: ICS2-215

Office Hours: Wednesdays and Fridays 3-4 PM; but please check my schedule on my home page and send email to guarantee an appointment.


TA: Matthew Ba Nguyen

Email: nguyenmb@ics.uci.edu

Office: TBA

Office Hours: Mondays 1-2, Thursdays 12-1


Reader 1: Suzanne K. Schaefer

Email: sks@ics.uci.edu

Office: CST 124 (down the hallway from the Distribution Center).

Office Hours: Wednesdays 11-12; but please send email to guarantee an appointment.


Reader 2: Manjari Chhawchharia

Email: manjari@ics.uci.edu

Office: TBA

Office Hours:


Lecture: MWF 2:00-2:50

Classroom: SSPA 1100

Course Code: 36782


Discussion 1: M 03:00-03:50

Classroom: SSTR 103

Course Code: 36411


Discussion 2: W 03:00 to 03:50

Classroom: ET 202

Course Code: 36412


Discussion 3: F 03:00-03:50

Classroom: ET 202

Course Code: 36413




Course Description and Prerequisites


131 Social Analysis of Computerization (4). Introduction of computerization as a social process. Examines the social opportunities and problems raised by new information technologies, and the consequences of different ways of organizing. Topics include computerization and work life, privacy, virtual communities, productivity paradox, systems risks. Prerequisites: one course (with a grade of C or better) selected from ICS 1A, Engineering 10, Engineering ECE11, ICS 21, or equivalent; upper-division standing; satisfactory completion of the lower-division writing requirement.






Add/drop: More students wish to add this class than we have the capacity to accommodate. Those wishing to add must fill out an enrollment request at the first class meeting; Following departmental and university guidelines, we will establish priorities for filling any seats that become available.


Because a student who is enrolled occupies a seat that other students want, ICS does not allow students to drop after it's too late for another student to fill that seat. Although this deadline is normally the end of week 2, due to a scheduling conflict, you must decide by the beginning of week 2 if you wish to drop the class. Specifically, if you wish to drop the class, you must do so at the end of class on October 6 or sooner.


Academic honest: Please familiarize yourself with the latest UCI academic honesty policy: http://www.editor.uci.edu/catalogue/appx/appx.2.htm. The consequences of academic dishonesty are not worth the risks.


Missed quizzes: There are no makeup’s for missed quizzes, but as you see below, one quiz is approximately only 2% of your total grade.




Course Mechanics and Grading


Grading (Items Explained Below)


Short summaries: 25%

Long summaries: 30%

Class participation: 5%

Quizzes: 20% (approximately 10)

Midterm: 10%

Final: 10%


Basis of Lecture/Course Materials: Each week there will be 2-3 articles identified and some or all will be discussed in class on Mondays. Many of the articles will be available electronically. Those that are not will be distributed through the Engineering Copy Center. See Schedule, Lecture, & Assignments.


Short Summaries: You will write an original, half-page reaction to each article. The reaction will have two paragraphs. The first will take a few sentences to summarize the article / issue. The second paragraph will summarize your reaction / opinion. Short summaries will be turned in with the long summaries.


Long Summaries: After the conclusion of each major topic, spanning one or more weeks of class, you will have one week to write a four-page, double-spaced (1.25” margins, Times style font size 12 or Arial/Tahoma style font size 10). You will summarize information in different articles about the major topic. You will use articles provided in class but you will also find 3 additional sources related to the topic. Three pages must be all text. The fourth page would be a reference section identifying citations to the 3 additional sources but may contain some extra text.


In-class Discussion: Normally, each lecture will consist of discussion of the topic for that week. However, Wednesdays will be devoted to a structured discussion in which students are called upon randomly to make a brief statement based on the readings.


Quizzes: Friday lectures will normally begin by continuing the discussion of the week’s topic and conclude with a one-question quiz.


Midterms and Finals: There will be both a midterm exam and a final, with some lecture time devoted to review.


Notebooks: For your own organization, you should keep a notebook that contains readings, related clippings, short summaries, long summaries, exams. This is especially important if you need later to dispute a missing grade for an assignment.


Announcements: Please check the announcements link of the class Web page regularly. Emergency announcements will be made using the official mailing list, so make sure your UCI (name@uci.edu) login is functioning and that you check it daily.