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IS 350 – Mid-Term Report: Current Events Topic Issues.

 

IS 350 – Mid-Term Report: Current Events Topic Issues.

 

Due Dates

  • All Due Dates are in Canvas.  Check the Current Events Midterm section at the top.

Aims

Confirm that you are able to explain beneficial and detrimental ways in which computing affects people, including the primary and secondary effects, and intended and unintended consequences.

Mid-Term Project

This analysis of your current events topic counts as the IS 350 Mid-Term.  This is an individual report.  Each person will do the Mid-Term on your own, submitting your report to Turnitin via Canvas as your Mid-Term. You will also submit it to the Midterm Report for Grading assignment.

Note: You may have done an exercise similar to this report.  That exercise was a SHORTENED version of these report instructions.   Follow ALL of the instructions here for your Mid-Term project.

Project – Report Format – all sections must be labelled

Identification Section

Include “IS 350 Mid-Term”, and (a) your name, (b) section of IS 350 and (c) current events topic.

Section 1: Description

Describe your Current Events topic in at least three full paragraphs, as follows:

  1. Describe the topic in enough detail so the rest of the analysis is clear.
  2. Let the reader know in what way this is a current event or current topic.
  3. You must include your Scenario and Ethical Dilemma

Section 2: Beneficial Aspects

Explain and justify your reasoning for at least 2 beneficial aspects to your topic. Which means two Benefits of the choice(s) that has to be made.

  • You must clearly identify AND JUSTIFY each of these beneficial aspects as follows, so that it is clear to the grader:
  • A beneficial aspect is XXX (and then explain)

Section 3: Detrimental Aspects

Explain and justify your reasoning for at least 2 detrimental aspects to your topic. . Which means two Detriments of the choice(s) that has to be made.

 

  • Clearly identify AND JUSTIFY each of these detrimental aspects as follows:
  • A detrimental aspect is XXX (and then explain)

 

Section 4: SOCIETAL / ETHICAL ISSUES

Here you will discuss 3 Issues that affect society and/or are ethical issues.

Use the following formats to clearly identify each item as a societal issue or ethical issue.  The grader will NOT try to figure it out, if it is not clearly identified you WILL NOT get credit for it.
Clearly identify AND JUSTIFY each as follows, so that it is clear to the grader.  A societal (or ethical) issue is XXX (and then explain)

  • Can a societal/ Ethical Issue also be a beneficial/detrimental aspect? YES – but be sure it is appropriately explained under each heading.

Section 5: Intended Consequences – identify 3

  • Remember that intended consequences may be negative or positive.
  • Identify consequences as primary, secondary or tertiary as well as intended or unintended
  • An intended [primary/secondary/tertiary] consequence is XXX (and then explain)
  • Can an intended consequence also be a beneficial/detrimental aspect? YES – but be sure it is appropriately explained under each heading.

Section 6: Unintended Consequences – identify 3

  • Remember that unintended consequences may be negative or positive.
  • Identify consequences as primary, secondary or tertiary as well as unintended
  • An unintended [primary/secondary/tertiary] consequence is XXX (and then explain)
    • Can an unintended consequence also be a beneficial/detrimental aspect? YES – but be sure it is appropriately explained under each heading.

Citations & Bibliography

If you utilize materials you’ve found, be sure to use inline citations within your report (e.g., [1] or superscripts1) that point to the full reference citation in a bibliography at the end of your report (APA or MLA format – see the “Understanding Citations” link on Canvas).

Deliverables – What to Submit on Canvas

Your report should be any length up to 8 pages (not counting the bibliography).  Format this double-spaced with one-inch margins all around, 12 point font, Times New Roman.  The written document is submitted to Turnitin and then you cut and paste it in to the Midterm assignment for grading

Late submissions will not be accepted unless there are extenuating circumstances and prior approval of the instructor has been received.

Notes

  • Use the Grading Rubric (posted on Canvas) as a checklist to double check your report.
  • Late submissions WILL NOT be accepted and will be given a grade of zero.

 

IS 350 – Mid-Term Report: Current Events Topic Issues.

 

 

 

 

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