CS 1023

Cultural Implications of the Information Society


Instructor: Tom Bylander

UTSA Loop 1604 Campus

Office: SB 4.01.38

Science Building

Office Hours


2:00 - 3:00 PM


    12:00 - 1:00 PM    


1:00 - 2:00 PM

Course Description CRN Section Days Start Stop Bldg Room
CS 1023 Cultural Implications-Info Soc 21249 001 MWF 11:00 AM 11:50 AM SB 2.01.12

Email: bylander at or through WebCT

Textbook (required): A Gift of Fire, third edition, by Sara Baase, ISBN 0136019183, published by Prentice Hall.


There are no prerequisites, and no specific previous knowledge of computers is assumed.  However, students will be expected to use computers and to access the World Wide Web.  This course counts for the ``World Society and Issues'' slot in the Core Curriculum.  Note: This course is not designed for computer science majors, and credit in the course will not count toward a computer science degree.

Course Goals and Objectives:


Students are expected to come to every class.  Students are responsible for material presented and discussed in class.  Exams, quizzes, and essays may require or be based on material available only during and within class.

Turning in Essays: All essays will be turned in by use of WebCT.  Any other method of turning in an essay will result in a grade of zero (0) for that essay.

Doing Quizzes: All quizzes will be done by use of WebCT.  There are no other methods for doing a quiz.

Late Essays and Quizzes:

All essays and quizzes are due at the time specified via the WebCT submission system.  Any essay or quiz turned in after the date and time specified will not be accepted and will be assigned a grade of zero (0).  Please note that the reason that the essay or quiz is late is not considered.  You have plenty to time to complete the essays and quizzes; if you wait until the deadline and have problems, do not expect much sympathy from your instructor.

Makeup work:

There are no makeup essays or quizzes.  Not ever.  Not for any reason.


Assignment Impact
Course Elements Number Percent per element Totals
Quizzes (Note 1)
      5% (lowest dropped)   40%
Essays (Note 2) 4      10%   40%
Midterm (Note 3) 1      10%   10%
Final (Note 4) 1      10%


Total     100%
Extra Credit (Note 5)        up to 10%



A 90.000 or higher
B 80 - 89.999
C 70 - 79.999
D 60 - 69.999
F Any average less than 60



  1. Quizzes: There will be nine (9) quizzes, one for each chapter of the book.  Quizzes will be available on WebCT and will always be due at the date and the time specified.  No makeups for missed quizzes.  Not ever.  Not for any reason.

  2. Essays: These will have a topic assigned ahead of time and will always be due on the date and at the time specified.  (This must be an individual essay, not a group effort.) No makeups for missed essays.  Not ever.  Not for any reason.

  3. Midterm: The midterm is on February 27, 2009 and will cover the material in the first three chapters of the book.

  4. Final: The final is on Monday, May 4, 2009, 1:30 - 4:00 PM, and will cover the material from all nine chapters of the book.

  5. Extra Credit: Extra credit will be given for the amount and quality of participation in discussions during class and online using WebCT.

  6. Drop Date: April 27, 2008 (Freshmen, 29 hours or less)

  7. Drop Date: March 23, 2009 (Sophomore or higher, 30 hours or more)

Scholastic Dishonesty:

From the UTSA Student Information Bulletin:

The University can best function and accomplish its objectives in an atmosphere of high ethical standards.  All students are expected and encouraged to contribute to such an atmosphere in every way possible, especially by observing all accepted principles of academic honesty.

Academic or scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student, or the attempt to commit such acts.  Academic dishonesty is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.


There is no makeup work of any kind.  The class web pages are on WebCT and  You should put a bookmark at those pages for easy access.  Class information and assignments will be posted on those page.  You are responsible for reading the web pages.