CSI2911 - Professional Practice in Computer Science

Prof. Liam Peyton is the instructor for CSI2911 this year (2009).

Prof. Stan Matwin normally teaches CSI2911, but is on sabbatical.

Lectures: Monday/Lundi, 17:30 – 20:30 in SITE 2052

Office Hours: Monday/Lundi, 15:30 – 17:30 in SITE 5074

Grader: Leanne Seaward, lspra072@uottawa.ca

Website: http://www.site.uottawa.ca/~lpeyton/csi2911.html

Course Schedule



S. Baase, “Gift of Fire: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues of Computing and the Internet”, 3rd edition, ISBN 9-13-600848-8

(should be available in the uOttawa bookstore, see also book website: http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/faculty/giftfire/gofhome.html )

From the textbook, we will cover most of the chapters: 1, 2, 8, 5, 9, 4, 6, and 7  as well as Appendix A(See Course Schedule)


Other Material:

For several classes, we will have guest speakers/professors (see Course Schedule). Their material may be available only after the class.

Transparencies used in class will be available from the course website (see Course Schedule), at the latest prior to the class.

Besides the textbook, there will be a fair amount of additional material either in the form of handouts or available from the course website. Students will be responsible for additional reading as announced in class (see Course Schedule).



v  In-Class Tests 20%

v  Course Participation 5%

v  Assignments 45%

Ø  Assignments will be in the form of essays. Marks will be assigned for content as well as presentation (style, clarity, quality of the writing).

v  Debate 30%

Ø  Debate Performance (Statement, Rebuttal)

Ø  Slides

Ø Report


Debate / Report  Instructions, Version française