SU-2011 NATS1700 B (Internet)
Syllabus: Computers, Information and Society
Instructor: Paul Kashiyama
This course examines a broad range of concepts, ideas and issues surrounding computers and
information technology. The course begins with an overview of the digital computer technology
fundamentals. In the remainder of the course we explore a variety of questions such as:
How do historical, scientific and social contexts help us to appreciate the impetus for
developing ever-powerful technologies?
What are the social impacts of technology in the area of communication, employment,
education, government, and personal interaction?
The course guides students to critically explore and acquire an integrated understanding of the
implications of information technology that have become ubiquitous in our society. Examples of major
topics involve digital data/information representation, relationships between science and technology;
communication and representations of knowledge/information; educational and economic
implementations; privacy risks and security interests.
While there is no prerequisite for this course, a working knowledge of computer use, including basic
file management concepts and practice, is presumed. Due to the comprehensive scope of the topics
considered, students should anticipate finding various aspects of the course challenging.
Math Content: Grade 10 level - Positional number notation concepts, several binary notational systems
and binary arithmetic as samples of digital data representation.
HTML: Basic HTML concepts and coding techniques will be applied to producing assignments
submitted as published Web page presentations on the York student Web server.
All required course resources will be available online at the Moodle course site.
Students are individually responsible for ensuring access to reliable technologies essential for an online
Account access activations for Moodle and student Web Page services via Manage My Services.
In addition, ensure to participate in the Academic Integrity Tutorial Quiz .
Visit: http://www.yorku.ca/tutorial/academic_integrity/index.html - to read the section ‘For
Be sure to Login first and complete the Academic Integrity Tutorial and submit the
successful/perfect result to the instructor via the upload link provided (see below) within 30
days of the commencement of classes.
Your final results page should be saved in your own system using the Save_Page_As... option
of your browser with the following file name format:
To submit, upload the saved document via the Academic Integrity Tutorial Results Upload link
provided in the Stay in the Loop Here section at the top of our Moodle course page.
If you have already completed the quiz for a previous course, you may retrieve and submit your results
Participation – Demonstrated regular Online Presence & Reflections Postings 10%
2 Assignments 30% (2x15%)
2 Tests 40%: (2x20%) - Online
Final Exam 20% - Online
Course Related Communication:
Resources for Students with Moodle courses information is at http://moodle.yorku.ca/students/ .
All regular course-related communication via Moodle messaging - Search for individuals in the
Ensure that your Moodle profile indicates your @yorku.ca e-mail account when you login to the course
site for the first time.
Nonemail@example.com e-mail accounts may not be used after May 13, 2011 for this course.
In an effort to ensure uniform and timely class communication, all forum postings are initially
automatically copied to your @yorku.ca e-mail Inbox.
Other Important Information:
Students who feel that there are extenuating circumstances which may interfere with the
successful completion of the exam or other course requirements are encouraged to discuss the
matter with the Course Director as soon as possible together with relevant supporting
Students with physical, learning or psychiatric disabilities who require reasonable
accommodations should discuss this with the Course Director early in the term so that
appropriate arrangements can be made
Plagiarism and Cheating:
Plagiarism and cheating are major academic offenses and carry serious penalties, ranging from
a failing grade on the work in question to expulsion from the university.
For more details about cheating, see York University’s academic dishonesty policy at the
following link: http://www.yorku.ca/secretariat/legislation/senate/acadhone.htm.
Important Dates as specified by York University:
The last date a student can ENROL in an SU term course without permission of the Course Director is
Friday, May 13, 2011. The last date a student can ENROL with a Course Director’s permission is
Friday, May 27, 2011.
The last day to DROP a course without a grade submitted for an SU term is Monday, July 5, 2011.