13M111SIP - Social and Professional Aspects of Computing

Course specification
Course title Social and Professional Aspects of Computing
Acronym 13M111SIP
Study programme Electrical Engineering and Computing
Type of study master academic studies
Lecturer (for classes)
Lecturer/Associate (for practice)
Lecturer/Associate (for OTC)
    ESPB 6.0 Status elective
    Condition None
    The goal Introducing students to the problems and challenges that computer professionals and users face in the modern society. Consideration of social, legal and ethical aspects of the profession, its history, and its potential for the future. Emphasizing the importance of non-technical aspects of the profession and the impact of new hardware and software products on the society, groups and individuals.
    The outcome Students will be able to: identify significant trends in the history of computing, understand the contribution of some scientists in this field, estimate the social changes resulting from the use of computers, protect privacy and oppose social engineering, understand the consequences of software piracy, write the rules of the safety policy in the company, and adopt a code of professional ethics.
    URL to lectures
    Contents of lectures History of computing and the impact on society, particularly in communications and public services. The development and impact of the Internet. Digital divide. Privacy policy. GDPR. Social aspects of security. Software licensing. Protection of intellectual property. Software piracy. Reliability and availability of computers. Risks. Professional code of ethics and attitudes of IEEE and ACM.
    Contents of exercises Review the newest technological, business and social issues related to the use of computers, through case studies, discussions, consideration of various aspects of communication with software users etc.
    1. Jelica Protic, "Social and professional aspects of computing," PC PRESS 2017.
    2. Sara Baase, "The Gift of Fire: Social, Legal and Ethical Issues in Computing," Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 2003.
    3. Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice (Version 5.2), as recommended by the ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Task Force on Software Engineering Ethics and Professional Practices, 1999.
    4. Dennis Shasha, Cathy Lazere, "Out of their Minds: The Lives and Discoveries of 15 Great Computer Scientists," Springer, 1998.
    Number of hours per week during the semester/trimester/year
    Lectures Exercises OTC Study and Research Other classes
    2 2
    Methods of teaching Lectures, exercises, practices, analysis of literature and essays writing, presentations, case studies of software licensing, case studies of cyber crime.
    Knowledge score (maximum points 100)
    Pre obligations Points Final exam Points
    Activites during lectures 0 Test paper 40
    Practical lessons 0 Oral examination 0
    Colloquia 0
    Seminars 60