Appendix C. Module for the Capstone CS Course
AppendixC. Module for the Capstone CS Course
A project driven course is an ideal place to include professional and ethical issues. The course can be a senior practicum, software engineering project course, or an ethics course directed at seniors. The ethical issues arise from two sources in these courses: either within the various responsibilities at each stage of the software development life cycle or from more general professional obligations. The general structure of such a course is to have the class form project teams to work on large projects.
One useful technique in this course is to ask students what they think of taking a particular approach to a project. They are asked to write a one-page paper and bring it to the next class. The sense of professional obligation to quality products and to fellow software developers can be emphasized. These issues are important to industry. Another strategy is to have students develop a Social Impact Statement, similar to an Environmental Impact Statement, in which students think and write about the social context in which the project is (or might be) embedded and to evaluate how that context effects the performance of the product.