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This module contains the Machado case analysis exercises already published in CNX under the title "Case Analysis Module: Machado" by the same author. In addition, this version includes a Powerpoint presention. This module is being developed as a part of an NSF-funded project, "Collaborative Development of Ethics Across the Curriculum Resources and Sharing of Best Practices," NSF SES 0551779.

Computer Ethics

Case Module Template: Machado Case

By William J. Frey

Module Abstract:

This module, designed for the EAC Toolkit (NSF SES 0551779), will test the Toolkit and Connexion’s ability to network different online and offline sources for ethics across thecurriculum. It consists of four components designed to provide tools for an in-depth analysis of the cases found at www.computingcases.org ; it also makes substantial references to the draft manuscript of a textbook in computer ethics entitledGood Computing: A Virtue Approach to Computer Ethics under contract with Jones and Bartlett Publishing Company. (This book will consistof the cases displayed at Computing Cases—Therac-25, Machado, and Hughes Aircraft—and 7 additional cases all developed through NSF projects DUE-9972280 and DUE 9980768.)

Module Introduction:

This module as displayed in Connexions presents the case abstract and timeline both taken from ComputingCases. It then refers to the website where the following can be found by browsing:

  • case narrative,
  • case history,
  • a teaching introduction which also provides a useful overview,
  • an ethical analysis that can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate concept in the table displayed (clicking on safety willopen a short document that discusses the safety implications of the case)
  • a Socio-Technical Analysis which spells out the different components of the cases socio-technical system such as hardware,software, physical surroundings, people/groups/roles, procedures, laws, and data/data structures.
  • supporting documents such as three RFCs (Request for Comments) on the Unix finger command, a profile of students at UCI,and an interview with Allen Schiano from the University of California at Irvine’s Office of Academic Computing.

These materials all posted at www.computingcases.org provide the background information necessary for a detailed and exhaustive case analysis. (Asuggestion: since you will be working in groups, divide these readings among your group members and take advantage of class timeto report to one another on the contents of the links you have individually explored. Be sure to triangulate by assigning morethan one member to each link. This will help to identify and solve problems in interpretation.)

The case abstract and timeline in this module outline the case. The following decision point taken from theMachado case will provide the focus for an in-depth case analysis. You will respond to the decision-point by working through a fourstage decision making procedure inspired by the standard Software Development cycle:

  • problem specification,
  • solution generation,
  • solution testing, and…
  • solution implementation.

Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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