Cyberspace and Society

Course number: 
CIS 0835
Fall 2016
Name E-mail Office location
Laurie E. Shteir
Science Education and Research Center (SERC), Room 304
Chris Biehl (Christopher Biehl)
Science Education and Research Center (SERC), Room 319
Christopher Pascucci
Science Education & Research Center (SERC), Room 343
Claudia Pine-Simon
Science Education and Research Center (SERC) , Room 329


Recommended Textbook - Emerge with Computer Concepts, version 7.0, Cengage Publishing
Course goals: 
  • Understand hardware, software and other technologies utilized daily; ┬áin computers, the Internet, home networks, and in mobile devices
  • Critical analysis of decisions made regarding the use of technology specifically in the social and ethical arenas
  • Understand the impact of current technologies, as well as the impact of emerging technologies both locally and globally
  • Website development (basic to intermediate skills) utilizing well-developed design techniques.
  • Evaluate and compare options when purchasing a personal computer
  • Understand how computer systems are used in society
  • Ability to make informed choice while using the Internet by understanding and evaluating security and privacy issues.
  • Ability to analyze the positive and negative implications of current technologies
  • Develop and refine presentation, analytical, problem solving and writing skills
Attendance policy: 

Attending classes is critical for you to be successful in this course. This is a discussion oriented course. Class participation is integral for this class to be effective.

Accomodations for Students with Disabilities: 
Any student who has a need for accommodation based on the impact of a documented disability, including special accommodations for access to technology resources and electronic instructional materials required for the course, should contact me privately to discuss the specific situation by the end of the second week of classes or as soon as practical. If you have not done so already, please contact Disability Resources and Services (DRS) at 215-204-1280 in 100 Ritter Annex to learn more about the resources available to you. I will work with DRS to coordinate reasonable accommodations for all students with documented disabilities. (
Student and Faculty Academic Rights and Responsibilities: 
Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. The University has a policy on Student and Faculty and Academic Rights and Responsibilities (Policy #03.70.02) which can be accessed through the following