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CS2013-Ironman-SP-Social Issues and Professional Practice

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Forum to comment on "SP-Social Issues and Professional Practice" Knowledge Area in the CS2013 Ironman report. We ask that comments related to specific text in the report please specify the line number(s) of the text being commented on. Line numbers are provided on the far left-hand side of the each page.

ehawthorne
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Social Issues and Professional Practice/Professional Ethics

What are computer ethics issues, as well as how to identify them and deal with them, are traditionally problematic indeed. Curricula 2013 presents a high-level general description about the professional ethics in the SP part. Although several professional certifications/standards, such as ACM/IEEE-CS, AITP, etc., had been mentioned, I found the following topics are still helpful to presenting the conception of computer ethics:

1) Adding some topics about “Sociology foundation of computer ethics” or “Context and Characteristics of computer ethical issues” into the Core-Tier1. In which, the conception and genesis of computer ethical problem can be theoretically discussed.

2) The topics about “Computers based ethical dilemma” or “Typical computer ethical cases in history” should be added into the Core-Tier2. By this way, the responsibility and ability of identifying new ethical issues can be developed using case method of instructions. For example, the problem of computer ethical issues in fields of “Internet Control”, “Computer Reliability”, “Internet Privacy”, etc. can be discussed here.

3) The relationship between the “Computer ethics” and “Regional Culture” can be another elective topic in Core-Tier2. In which, the dilemma between computer ethics and regional culture can be discussed.

ehawthorne
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Changes to the SP KA in the CS2013 curricular guidelines were made in direct response this feedback by the CCF and are described as follows:

CCF Comment 1) Please refer to the Social Context (SC) Knowledge Unit (KU) with 1 Core-Tier 1 hour and 2 Core-Tier 2 hours. The introduction to the SC KU was updated with the following sentence, "Social Context provides the foundation for all other SP knowledge units, particularly Professional Ethics."

CCF Comment 2) Line 40 of the SP KA preamble was updated to include "case studies", so the sentence now reads, "Because of this broad relevance, it is important that several traditional courses include modules WITH CASE STUDIES that analyze the ethical, legal, social and professional considerations in the context of the technical subject matter of the course." Also in the SP preamble on line 57 is the unmodified sentence that reads, "It should be noted that the application of ethical analysis underlies every subsection of this Social and Professional knowledge area is computing."

CCF Comment 3) A new topic along with an associated learning outcome were added as Core-Tier 2 under the Professional Ethics KU. The new topic reads, "The relationship between regional culture and ethical dilemmas." The new learning outcome reads, "Identify examples of how regional culture interplays with ethical dilemmas."

~Beth Hawthorne, Chair of the SP KA
ehawthorne@acm.org

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