*Note that the course schedule is tentative.* Lecture slides will be posted after each class.
COMPSCI 692M, 1 Credit, Spring 20
Time: Mondays 1:25-3:25
Location: Room 140, Computer Science Building
Instructor: Narges Mahyar
Office: Room 322, Computer Science Building
Computing for the common good is a seminar course that explores new ways of utilizing computational technology for improving the quality of life and humans condition as well as making a positive impact on society. It allows students to apply computing to social and global causes such as democratic decision making, climate change, health, education, urban design, transportation, infrastructure, and civic engagement. In this course, students will read and discuss the state of the art papers, participate in group discussions, and carry out research projects that address real-world problems.
The course will involve discussion, presentation, and group work during class. For the first four weeks of the semester, the assignments will primarily be readings, but will quickly transition to project work thereafter.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is committed to providing an equal educational opportunity for all students. If you have a documented physical, psychological, or learning disability on file with Disability Services (DS), you may be eligible for reasonable academic accommodations to help you succeed in this course. If you have a documented disability that requires accommodation, please notify me within the first two weeks of the semester so that we may make appropriate arrangements.
Academic Honesty Statement
Since the integrity of the academic enterprise of any institution of higher education requires honesty in scholarship and research, academic honesty is required of all students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Academic dishonesty is prohibited in all programs of the University. Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to: cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and facilitating dishonesty. Appropriate sanctions may be imposed on any student who has committed an act of academic dishonesty. Instructors should take reasonable steps to address academic misconduct. Any person who has reason to believe that a student has committed academic dishonesty should bring such information to the attention of the appropriate course instructor as soon as possible. Instances of academic dishonesty not related to a specific course should be brought to the attention of the appropriate department Head or Chair. Since students are expected to be familiar with this policy and the commonly accepted standards of academic integrity, ignorance of such standards is not normally sufficient evidence of lack of intent (http://www.umass.edu/dean_students/codeofconduct/acadhonesty/).
In this course, each voice in the classroom has something of value to contribute. Please take care to respect the different experiences, beliefs, and values expressed by the students, faculty, and staff involved in this course. My colleagues and I support UMass’s commitment to diversity, and welcome individuals regardless of age, background, citizenship, disability, sex, education, ethnicity, family status, gender, gender identity, geographical origin, language, military experience, political views, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and work experience (cics.umass.edu/about/inclusivity-statement).