Experimental Courses in Engineering Writing: Fundamentals of Normative Ethics Applied within Computer Science
Winter 2021 - Don't get me wrong: the lectures were boring and the subject probably not super interesting to most people. But when compared to the reviews of the other ethics/writing engineering courses, this seems much, much less painful. The grade was just midterm/final and two papers. The papers were graded pretty generously, and had a lot of time to write them. The tests were incredibly easy because the questions weren't adjusted for the COVID open-book policy, so without ever watching any of the lectures, you could get a decent score just by CTRL-F-ing the textbook or just googling. All-in-all, one of the easiest and lightest courses of the quarter. I advise you take it: the alternates suck worse.
Fall 2020 - This quarter was the first time this version of ethics was offered. The lectures are very long and the nice part was that it was CS-oriented. Nevertheless, near middle to end of the quarter, only around 30 ppl attend lecture... I don't think attending lecture is necessary to pass the class since our exams were all open book. Aside from the lecture, attending discussions were mandatory and your discussions experience will greatly depend on the TA. My TA never had a discussion that was over 1 hour long and often ended within 30 min. Aside from one midterm and one final, we had to write two papers that were over 3000 words that took quite a bit of time. Aside from the essay, this course does not require much other effort unless you want to read the readings. The readings aren't necessary imo to do well on the tests since you can ctrl-f through them. I felt like my TA was definitely not an easy grader, and there wasn't a large curve in the class which is why I decided to PNP this class.