Ethics in Science and Engineering Research – Supplemental

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Homework 5proj and Homework 5case

Updated 2/7/18

HW 5proj, due Friday, Apr. 6, 2018 (online students: Su Apr. 8)

Note: Neatness and format count! Do it like this. 

  • In-class students: send me an email (, picking any class day between now and the end of the semester for your presentation to the class. The presentation will be 5 minutes long. Up to about 8 people per class day can be scheduled, so get your request in soon so you get the day you requested. (Online students: you will make 5 min. of slides or some other presentation product later in the semester, but will not have to present it.)
  • For your term project (see “Course Information” tab for details):
    • If it is a paper, write 349 words or more of it to your blog. MS Word tells you how many words are in a document you are editing in a little status bar in the lower left corner of its window. OpenOffice Writer has a tool that you can click to find out the # of words. Let me know if you can’t find it. Note: Do not include material submitted as part of a previous HW (obviously).
    • If your project is not a paper, do the equivalent amount of work, and provide a brief (but with specific details) description, and evidence as appropriate, in your blog. If you’re not sure what to do, I can try to suggest something.

(Note to instructor: next year consider not asking when people will present. Instead just assign days randomly.)

HW 5case

Due dates for in-class students:

  • Q1 is due Monday, Apr. 9, 2018, at the beginning of class
  • Q2 is due Monday or Wednesday, Apr. 9 or 11, 2018, during class
  • Q3 is due Sunday, Apr. 15, 2018

Due date for online students:

  • All questions due Sunday, Apr. 15, 2018

Note 1: Professional neatness and clarity of format counts! In-class students see this example. Online students see this example.

Q1. As a “case” to discuss for this unit, use a law related to security, privacy, etc. Suggestions: HIPAA, FERPA, Computer Security Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, COPPA, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), US Patriot Act, Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or some other law. If you just type the name into a search engine you should be able to find plenty of information. In-class students bring to class on paper, smart phone, etc., and show me by class time (online students post on your HW5case blog entry) your discussion preparation notes for the case you are discussing with your group for the Information assurance & cyber defense unit. This should include

  • a link or other citation to the case you are using. If it is from personal experience, point that out.
  • a list of 8 or more good facts about the case, in your own words, that you want to use to tell your group about the case, and
  • A list of questions (5 or more) you could ask your group members in order to get an interesting and enlightening discussion going (for in-class students), or that you could consider yourself or ask someone else about (for online students); see the “Questions to ask during discussion” tab on the course web page for some suggestions in developing your discussion questions.

Q2. In-class students: On one of the two class days devoted to group discussion for this unit, explain your case to your group and lead discussion on it. Divide the two 50-minute classes into parts so that each person in your group gets to lead discussion about their case. It is ok, however, if some discussions end up taking longer than others, as long as everyone gets a turn.When another member of your discussion group is leading, help them out, and sharpen your thinking skills, by listening and participating in the discussion. Doing other things, using your phone, etc., will lose points. NOTE: When another member of your discussion group is leading, help them by participating in the discussion.

Online students: Explain the case and discuss, one at a time, each question you devised about it, plus the 3 standard questions. Post this on your blog.

Q3. Write up your case on your blog. Neatness and format count. Use the following subheadings:

  • “The facts of the case.” Here is where you describe the case in your own words.
  • “Analysis.” Examine the case in terms of the questions and/or discussion. In-class students: also reflect on the challenges and possible solutions involved in leading a discussion in a classroom or workplace setting.
  • “My conclusions.” Your conclusions and opinions about the case. Be sure to explain and justify what you write. 3 sentences of average length or more.
  • “Future environment.” Describe your vision of a future in which technology is more advanced than today, or society has changed in some significant way, such that the ethical issues of the case would be even more important than they are in today’s world. 3 sentences of average length or more.
  • “Future scenario.” Describe how this ethical case (or an analogous one) would or should play out in the environment of the future, and give your opinions about it. 3 sentences of average length or more.