Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS)

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					                             Information Technology in a
                                 Global Society (ITGS)
                                    Standard Level
                                      2006-2007

     Teacher                  Room              Planning Period              E-Mail
   Mr. Dickinson              A120                4A and 2B          tdickinson@aacps.org

ITGS is the study and evaluation of the impact of information technology on individuals and
society. It explores the advantages and disadvantages of the use of digitized information at the
local and global level. ITGS provides a framework for you to make informed judgments and
decisions about the use of information technology within social contexts.

Although ITGS shares methods of critical investigation and analysis with other social sciences, it
also considers ethical questions found in the study of philosophy. You will come into contact
with IT on a daily basis because it is so pervasive in the world in which we live. This
widespread use of IT raises important questions about social and ethical issues that shape our
society today. ITGS offers an opportunity for a systematic study of these issues, whose range
is such that they fall outside the scope of any other single discipline.

The nature of the subject is defined by the use of ITGS terms. For the purpose of the ITGS
syllabus the following definitions apply:

   1. Information technology is the acquisition, processing, storage, manipulation and
      dissemination of digital information by computing or telecommunications or a
      combination of both.

   2. Social impact includes the economic, political, cultural, legal, environmental,
      ergonomic, health and psychological effects of IT on human life.

   3. Ethical considerations refer to the responsibility and accountability of those involved in
      the design, implementation, and use of IT.

   4. An information system is a collection of people, information technologies, data,
      methods and policies organized to accomplish specific functions and solve specific
      problems.

The aims of the ITGS course are to:
    Develop an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of new technologies as
      methods of expanding our knowledge of the world at the local and global level
    Promote an understanding of the social significance of information technology for
      individuals, communities, and organizations
    Analyze and evaluate the ethical considerations arising from the widespread use of
      information technology at the local and global level
    Recognize that people can hold diverse opinions about the impact of information
      technology on individuals and societies
Having followed the ITGS course, students should be able to:_
    Understand and critically examine the global impact of IT developments
    Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the social and ethical implications of IT
      systems and developments at the local, national, and global level
    Analyze and evaluate the social and ethical implications of IT developments
    Analyze and evaluate relevant examples of the global impact of IT in a portfolio of
      individually researched studies
    Design and apply IT solutions to a problem set in a social context through a project
    Express ideas clearly and coherently with supporting arguments and examples

Grade Distribution: (Students will be assessed in the following areas based on total points.)

      Project                      Homework                      Classwork and Activities
      Quizzes                      Tests                         Lab Work


                           A  90% and Above    C  70% - 79%
                           B  80% - 89%        D  60% - 69%
                                     E  59% and Below

Materials Needed:
      Text Books: Computer Ethics, Computer Confluence (Provided)
      Three Ring Notebook and Dividers
      Spiral Notebook (used for logbook)
      Planner
      Pen Drive (computer storage)
      Access to Computer with Internet Access

Class Absence:
Please try to be in class everyday. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to pick-up missed
hand-outs, get the notes from a classmate, and turn in all missed work.
                                        Course Outline

Section 1: Social and Ethical Issues

         Reliability                                      Equality of Access
         Integrity                                        Control
         Security                                         Globalization and Cultural
         Privacy and Anonymity                             Diversity
         Authenticity                                     Policies and Standards
         Intellectual Property                            People and Machine

   Section 2: IT Systems in a Social Context

         Basics: Hardware and Networks                    Communication Systems
             o System Fundamentals                              o The Internet
             o Networks                                         o Personal and Public
         Applications                                              Communications
             o Software Fundamentals                       Integrated Systems
             o Databases and                                    o Robotics
                 Spreadsheets                                   o Artificial Intelligence and
             o Word Processing and                                  Expert Systems
                 Desktop Publishing
             o Images, Sound, and
                 Presentation
             o Modeling and Simulations
             o Tutorials, Training and
                 Wizards (assistants)

   Section 3: Areas of Impact

         Business and Employment                          Arts, Entertainment and Leisure
         Education                                        Science and the Environment
         Health                                           Politics and Government
      


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   course outline. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I will keep this
   bottom part and return the course outline to your child.

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