Spring ’14

Information | Schedule | Grading | Policies | Piazza | T-Square



  • Professor Irfan Essa (Email is the BEST (and ONLY) option: irfan at cc dot gatech dot edu, please use CS4001: as the first words in the subject line)
  • Office Hours: After class OR schedule via email appointment

Teaching Assistant

  • Brandon Conway (bcon@gatech.edu)
  • Chris Reinert (crcr@gmail.com)

Class Time/Location:

  • Tuesday – Thursday 1:35p – 2:55p.
  • Location: CoCB 102.


Following is the schedule for the term, with assigned readings.  The reading details are available from the “Materials” tab at the bottom. The original google doc (which is embedded below) is available here. The lectures are categorized into modules of Introduction (Intro), Argumentation (Arg), Frameworks (Frame), and Topics and Cases.

Text & Reading Material.

  • Ethics for the Information Age, [Quinn] by Michael J. Quinn, M., 5th Edition, Addison Wesley,
  • Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric with Readings, [WA]  by John D. Ramage, John C. Bean, and June Johnson, 9th Edition, 2010.
  • Other material available online, via T-square, or on electronic reserve.


  • Class Attendance & Class/Online Participation (12%)
  • Reading Reviews (12%)
  • Homework Assigments (40%) [There will be 4 Assignments]
  • Midterm (8%) (Here is a sample midterm exam.)
  • Final Exam (8%)
  • Term Paper (20%)
    • Includes:  Proposal(3%), Sources (3%), Outline(3%), Draft & Final Write-up (6%) and in Class Presentation (5%).
  • All of the above subject to slight modifications, which will be announced in class.


  • Class attendance is required. Late by 15 minutes, counts as an absence. Legitimate reasons for being excused from class include, personal issues, health (keep those germs away from class), interview, conference travel, etc.  Traveling and exploring, assignments due in other classes, out to pick up friends, and other such excuses not accepted. Please inform Instructor of a planned absence via filling out a form here and via email (use CS 4001 in the subject line) before class.
  • Homeworks / Assignments will be graded on a list of criteria (specified on the assignment) such as quality of writing, completeness, insight into technical issues, insight into social issues, etc.Assignments are due at the start of class on the day they are due.
  • Late Assignments: Each student is allowed 2 days of late submission, to be USED only for assignments (and not for anything related to the final term paper!). You can use these 2 days for any assignment. After your “grace” days are expended, grading will be deducted as described above.
  • Laptops use in class: Use of laptops in class room for purposes of note-taking is allowed, but ONLY and ONLY for that purpose.  If a student is seen surfing the web during class, or chatting with someone, or emailing, then points will be deducted from the class attendance and participation portions of the grade (3% for each infraction, with a total of 3 max after which the whole class participation grade will be lost).
  • Cellphones in class: Please turn your cellphone and other mobile devices to “silent” mode during class.  Thanks.
  • This class abides by the Georgia Tech Honor Code. All assigned work is expected to be individual, except where explicitly written otherwise. You are encouraged to discuss the assignments with your classmates; however, what you hand in should be your own work. If any work product was produced based on discussions with someone else (in the class OR outside), please specify clearly in the final turn-in.

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