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COURSE NUMBER: CMPT 470
COURSE TITLE: Perspectives in Computing Science
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Michael Janzen
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A senior level seminar course dealing with special topics in computing. Particular attention will be paid to computer applications, social impacts, ethical and legal issues, worldview perspectives and potential future developments in computing.

Prerequisites: Twelve credits in computing science at the 300-level and consent of instructor
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • O’Neil, Cathy (2016), Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. Crown
  • Schuurman, Derek C. (2013), Shaping a Digital World: Faith, Culture and Computer Technology. IVP Academic
  • Schut, Kevin. (2013), Of Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games. Brazos Press
  • Crook, Christina. (2015), The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World. New Society Publishers. 
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Contribution to Seminar Discussions 20%
Chapter Reports20%
Seminar Presentations20%
Activities20%
Final Essay 20%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: This  course  is  intended  to  reflect  back  on  the  discipline  of  computing  science  using  a
Christian  world  view.    By  the  end  of  this  course  students  will  have  been  exposed  to
aspects of the course that develops the student in the following ways:
  • Consider the role of technology in society and individual lives
  • More fully understand the interaction of technology and the Christian life
  • Have a broader perspective on the discipline of computing science
  • Discuss and present viewpoints on computing science and technology
TOPIC OUTLINE:VII. Tentative Topics
  • From books:
    • • Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
    • • Shaping a Digital World: Faith, Culture and Computer Technology.
    • • Of Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games.
    • • The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World.
  • From invited guests:
    • Each guest has been asked to give a twenty minute discussion to introduce students to a topic, and lead a thirty minute discussion. Each guest is asked to discuss a topic that intersects computer science or technology and their areas of expertise. Please note that the guests and schedule are subject to change. Guests will typically be invited on Wednesdays, but could be moved to a Monday or Friday to accommodate the schedule of guests.
  • From student discussions: As selected by students 


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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