ICS 131 Social Analysis of Computerization


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Administrative Information


Instructor: David Redmiles

Electronic Mail: redmiles@ics.uci.edu

Office: ICS2-215

Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:30-3:30 PM; but please check my schedule on my home page to see if I am on travel.


TA 1: Alex Baker

Email: abaker@uci.edu

Office: TBA

Office Hours: TBA


TA 2: Justin Harris

Email: jharris2@ics.uci.edu

Office: TA Office in Student Affairs Trailer

Office Hours: Tuesday’s 3-3:50



Lecture: WF 4:00- 5:20

Classroom: ELH 100

Course Code: 36350


Discussion 1: Tu 4:00- 4:50

Classroom: ICF 101

Course Code: 36351


Discussion 2: W 5:30- 6:20

Classroom: SST 220A

Course Code: 36352


Discussion 3: Th  5:00- 5:50

Classroom: SST 220A

Course Code: 36353




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 8 or sooner.


Academic honesty: 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 assignments: 25%

Long assignments: 40%

Class participation: 5%

Quizzes: 10% (approximately 5)

Midterm: 10%

Final: 10%


Basis of Lecture/Course Materials: Each week there will be 3-6 articles identified and some or all will be discussed in class. Probably all of the articles will be available electronically. See Schedule, Lecture, & Assignments.


Short Assignments: 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 assignments will be turned in weekly.


Long Assignments: 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 begin with lecture and discussion of one or more of the articles or other materials related to the topic for that week. About 15 minutes of the end of each class will be reserved for a structured discussion in which students are called upon randomly to make a brief statement based on the readings / topic for that day.


Quizzes: Occasionally, the student structured discussion in class will be replaced by a small quiz, one question, graded 0, 1, 1+.


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 assignments, long assignments, exams. This is especially important if you need later to dispute a missing grade for an assignment or review for an exam.