Fordham, the Jesuit University of New York

CISC 4660 L01

Minds, Machines & Society

Spring, 2016

Dr. Robert K. Moniot


Due Dates for Term Papers

During this semester, each student in this class is expected to produce:

The essays will be based on topics covered in class and in the assigned readings. The detailed essay assignments will be posted on Blackboard.

Your in-class presentation should be on the same topic as either your midterm paper or your final paper, but the other paper should be on a different topic. Thus you only need to research two topics. For each paper, students must submit first a proposal or outline, then a rough draft, and finally the finished paper.

The in-class presentations by different students must all be on different topics. (Your term paper topic other than your presentation topic can be the same as another student's topic.) When deciding what topic to choose for your presentation, consult the schedule of presentations posted on the class web page to find out what topics have already been taken.

The research papers must be based on research and written in proper scholarly style, with references for all sources consulted. See the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers or similar work for guidelines on proper citation style. The topic of one paper is to be the same as your presentation, but you may (should) go into greater depth and cover a broader range of aspects of the topic than your presentation did. Overlap with another student's presentation or paper topic is not a problem for your paper.

Schedule:

Jan. 27:
Essay 1 assigned: impressions of computers. Due Feb. 3
Feb. 8:
Proposal for midterm research paper due.
Feb. 10:
Essay 2 assigned: visions of the future. Due Feb. 17
Feb. 22:
First draft of midterm research paper due.
Feb. 24:
Essay 3 assigned: spiritual machines. Due Mar. 2
Mar. 7:
Midterm research paper due.
Mar. 9:
Essay 4 assigned: future of AI. Due Mar. 16
Mar. 30:
Proposal for final research paper due.
Apr. 18:
First draft of final research paper due.
May 5:
Final research paper due.