Tutorial Grinnell College Fall, 2006
Computing: Limitations, Developments, and Ethical Issues

First Writing Assignment

Report Topic To Instructor: 8:00 am Thursday, October 5

Due: Tuesday, October 10

Two elements of the reading and class discussion for the first part of the course have focused upon some general themes and approaches of ethical decision making and of e-voting. This assignment asks you to investigate a specific case example of one of these themes in more detail. More specifically, you should follow these steps.

  1. Explore sources in the library to find information on an example involving the need to make an ethical decision involving computing or on a case study related to the use of electronic voting technology. For example, you might focus on an application, such as
  2. Write a 2-3 page paper that describes your specific example or case study. Your discussion should include:

In order to encourage an early start on this paper, you should report your topic to the instructor by 8:00 am on Thursday, October 5. This report should indicate both the example or case study that you will discuss and the source(s) you have found that describes it. (If, despite considerable effort, you have been unable to identify a topic by this deadline, you should report what work you have done, and you should make an appointment to see the instructor on Wednesday, October 4.)

You should write this paper at a level appropriate for others in the class. Thus, you can assume your reader has understood material discussed in class and in readings, but you should not assume any ideas specific to your selected program.

As in all papers, the paper's introduction should indicate how your material is organized, as well as identify the main topic of the paper. Also, following normal practice, you must cite other people's ideas, and you must include a bibliography.

You must use word processing software to prepare your paper, you must turn in 3 copies of your paper, and your paper must be printed on a laser-quality printer.

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