Social-Professional Aspects of Informatics
- Impact of communications and information technologies in the society
- Ethics and applied ethics related to the aspects of design, build, deployment and usage of modern communication and information systems
- Analysis of controversies and ethical impacts of communication and information technology
- Awareness on the social implications of technology
- learn how to research social sciences subjects
- oral and written presentation skills
Paulo Orlando Reis Afonso Lopes, Vasco Miguel Moreira do Amaral
Weekly - 2
Total - 28
Michael J. Quinn, “Ethics for the Information Age,” Pearson, 8th Edition, 2020
Each theme will be covered with more references; the appropriate place to find them is the online documentation of the course.
The course comprises any or all of the following: lectures, seminars conducted by instructors or invited speakers, and films (followed by debates). References to papers and themes for research will be provided to support the written group work.
Course final grade
Computation of the grade parcel which is the same for all group members
Preliminary report and preparation / discussion of the group''s theme (10%)
Preliminary report about a different subject (theme), arbitrarily chosen by the instructors (10%)
Final report and presentation video (group''s theme) + optional oral presentation (45%)
Award for a maximum of two group members
Award for individual performance: 10 extra points, awarded either to 1 group member, or split among 2 group members;
The recipient(s) of the extra points are chosen by the group members.
Individual grade (NT)
1 closed book test (35%) [or Final Exam]
Delays when delivering the reports or failure to show up in the debate sessions
Delayed reports may be accepted, but incur in a penalty of 10 points per day. Maximum delay is 5 days.
If a member of a group is not present in the debate session of the group''s theme, he/she will suffer a penalty of 10% (as if he/she had not contributed to the 3-page mini-report of the group''s theme)
Any student that has a final positive outcome but that has a NP ("project") grade wich exceeds his/her NT grade by more than 60 points, may invited to an oral exam test; as a result of his/her performance in that exam, the final grade (NF) may be increased or decreased, but NF will always be greater or equal to NT.
Failure to attend the oral exam reflects the acceptance, by the student, of the final grade of NF = NT
Introduction - an overview of the evolution of digital technology and of the social impact of technology
Morals, ethics and the law
The impact of digital communications on privacy and human interaction
Security and privacy, computer hacking, cybercrime
Intelectual property and plagiarism
Privacy and protection of individual data
The impact of the digital in the society – highlights: Internet and AI
Social networks and their social impact
Programs where the course is taught: