Students interested in the challenge-for-credit option can find the application form online. The application goes to the Registrar’s office, but you can consult the Head of the Computer Science department to find out if you application is likely to be approved.
Course materials are available on MUN Desire to Learn site: https://online.mun.ca/d2l/home/224609
A few items from the first week of the course are reproduced below for students that may not be registered.
link to pdf of course outline
Dates: Sep 9-12
Objectives: Familiarity with significant events in the history of computing; consideration of cultural and social impact of computing.
Activities: Forum, Group Discussion and Dropbox Submission (Sep 12)
Focus Question: How have advances in computing changed the nature of society?,
Chapter 1 - Catalysts for Change from Quinn, Michael J. Ethics for the Information Age, 6th, Pearson (2015) ISBN 013-374162-1
Computer History Museum, timeline: http://www.computerhistory.org/timeline
Make an original D2L forum posting on a event in the history of computing that has had significant social and/or cultural impact. Your posting (and followups) should be no more than 300 words, including an explanation of the historical context of the event, and its significant social and/or cultural impact on computing. Provide at least one reference for fact checking.
Dates: Sep 14-16
Objectives: Consider computer ethics issues in a particular set of facts.
Activities: Quiz (sep 14) and Small Group Discussion (Sep 16)
Focus Question: Does the historical period (of Therac-25) change what is acceptable behaviour and responsibility of computing professionals?
Section 8.5 - Catalysts for Change, from Quinn, Michael J. Ethics for the Information Age, 6th, Pearson (2015) ISBN 013-374162-1 Warning: Do not rely on the analysis in section 8.5.5 - it is considered overly simplistic by your instructor.
Leveson, Nancy G.; Turner, Clark S. (July 1993). "An Investigation of the Therac-25 Accidents" . IEEE Computer. 26 (7): 18–41. Available at http://www.cs.umd.edu/class/spring2003/cmsc838p/Misc/therac.pdf. This is lengthy for class preparation, but the last section has some analysis relevant to software safety, programming and professional responsibility.
Leveson, Nancy, University of Washington (1995). "Medical Devices: The Therac-25 Accidents" (PDF). Safeware: System Safety, and Computers (Update of the 1993 IEEE Computer article ed.). Addison-Wesley. Almost same as the above article. Available at http://sunnyday.mit.edu/papers/therac.pdf
Case study materials for Therac-25 at ComputingCases.org: https://computingcases.org/case_materials/case_materials.html THis is an extensive set of materials for using Therac-25 as a teaching case in ethics.