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CS2013-Strawman-SP-Social and Professional Issues (DEPRECATED)

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sahami
CS2013-Strawman-SP-Social and Professional Issues (DEPRECATED)

The CS2013 Strawman Report comment period is now closed. Please see the CS2013 Ironman report for the latest CS2013 draft to comment on. Forum to comment on "SP-Social and Professional Issues" Knowledge Area in the CS2013 Strawman report. We ask that comments related to specific text in the report please specify the page number and line number(s) of the text being commented on. Line numbers are provided on the far left-hand side of the each page.

jose.contreras
Multicultural and International context
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Hi!, for computer sciences professionals don't exist frontiers, the entire world is their working place... (I have many students that work doing support for clients in the other side of the world). I think our students must be prepared to work in the global society... There are some interesting undergraduate experiences on Distributed Software Development, or Informatic Projects in Intenational and Multicultural Contexts, etc.
I propose to introduce some Topics in this area, maybe as Elective (that's how I'm doing in an elective course of my Informatics Engineering program)
Some LO:
Recognize and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses to work remotely as part of multinational teams [Evaluation]
Explain factors affecting the performance of a multinational team [Knowledge]
Select and use appropiate projects management tools in international team work [Application]
Topics
Consequences of globalization for the Computer Sciences profession
Offshore and economy of software development
...

ehawthorne
Re: Multicultural and International context
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Thank you Jose for your thoughtful comments. In direct response, we have incorporated most of your suggestions as follows into the Ironman draft that is due for public release by Feburary 2013.

1. Under the "Ecomonics of Computing" knowledge unit of the SP KA, you will see the elective topic, "The phenomenon of outsourcing and off-shoring software development; impacts on employment and on economics"

2. Also under the "Ecomonics of Computing" knowledge unit of the SP KA, you will see the elective topic,"Consequences of globalization for the computer science profession"

3. Under the "Professional Communication" knowledge unit of the SP KA, you will see the elective learning outcome, "Evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses to work remotely as part of a multinational team. [Assessment]" The Assessment level is somewhat equivalent to the Evalution level you suggested.

4. Please note that project management is covered in the Software Engineering KA.

~Beth, chair of the SP KA

sahami
Additional comments (received via email)
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I know it is probably included in the sub-text but I might have expected to explicit mention of ethical issues for cyber security folk, i.e. they would not abuse insights into how violations could occur. Moreover they should adopt the principles of secure coding.

Mention of cultural issues.
Mention of economies associated with security, economies associated with different safety levels, etc.

Role of professional societies in relation to policing the profession?

ehawthorne
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Thank you for this comment (whoever you may be). I think we have addressed many, if not all, of your suggestions. Let me take them one by one.

1. ethical issues for cyber security folk: in the Ironman draft you will see the core topic "Accountability, responsibility and liability (e.g. software correctness, reliability and safety, as well as ethical confidentiality of cybersecurity professionals)" under the "Professional Ethics" knowledge unit in the SP KA. This e.g. was specifically added to address your comment.

2. secure coding: I believe this belongs under the new IAS KA under the "Secure Software Design and Engineering" knowledge unit, which is currently all elective hours.

3. cultral issues: in the Ironman draft you will see the elective topic "Civil liberties and cultural differences" under the "Privacy and Civil Liberties" knowledge unit in the SP KA. You will also see the elective topic "Dealing with cross-cultural environments (cross-reference HCI/User-Centered Design and Testing/cross-cultural evaluation)" under the "Professional Communication" knowledge area in the SP KA. "Cross-cultrual environments" was added to this topic in response to your comment.

4. economies associated with security and safety levels: there is an elective knowledge unit under the SP KA called "Ecomonics of Computing"; however, it does not specifically address security and safety levels. I believe these two concepts are better placed under the new IAS KA in the "Secure Software Design and Engineering" knowledge unit.

5. professional societies: in the Ironman draft you will see the core topic "Professional certification, codes of ethics, conduct, and practice, such as the ACM/IEEE-CS, SE, AITP, IFIP and international societies" under the Professional Ethics knowledge unit in the SP KA. "Professional certification" was added to this topic in direct response to your comment. Core-Tier 1 Learning Outcomes under the "Professional Ethics" knowledge unit include: "Evaluate the professional codes of ethics from the ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, and other organizations" and "Describe the mechanisms that typically exist for a professional to keep up-to-date."

~Beth, chair of the SP KA

sahami
Comments from CRA Snowbird 2012 meeting
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[Comment below is from panel session on CS2013 at CRA Snowbird meeting]

Make all of SP knowledge area Tier1. Having portions of it be Tier2 seems to de-emphasize the importance of ethics and professional issues.

ehawthorne
Re: Comments from CRA Snowbird 2012 meeting
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Thank you Snowbird panel session. This is the best comment one could ever wish to receive! I truly wish there were more hours in the CS undergraduate curriculum in which to make all of SP Tier-1 core. We have also received many informal requests to increase the number of core hours for the SP KA. Hopefully, next time around.

~Beth, chair of the SP KA

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