Independent Study:  Advanced Topics in Computer Science:
Ethics
    Sewickley Academy, 2000-2001

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All students must read, understand, and always adhere to the following statements.

1.  Link to: The General Statement on Ethics in Computer Courses

2.  The Independent Study Frame of Mind
Similar to AP courses, this is a college-level course.  It may take more time and may at times be more difficult than pre-college-level courses.  This course should not be taken frivolously.  It should not be taken just to build a college resume.  It should be taken by the student serious in pursuing computer science, or a related discipline, at the college level.  Also, as a college-level course, students are expected to be more self-disciplined and self-motivated.  As an independent study course, self-motivation is essential.  Students will be required to do the vast preponderance of course management, from problem selection to setting up a suitable computing environment to selecting and properly utilizing appropriate research resources and even to determining reasonable assessment metrics.  Of course, all of these activities will ultimately be guided, but the degree of guidance will be far less than other pre-college-level courses.  Finally, every student taking this course is expected to set a personal goal of mastering the material at a college level.  This is the independent study frame of mind.

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