Discussion on the Impact of Computer Technology on Employment

Topic area Workplace Issues
Target audience Senior undergraduate students in CS, CIS, or SE (Could be revised for use with other undergraduate students)
Activity type Oral reports/in-class discussion
Time required One Class Period
Attachments None
Additional materials None
Background needed to complete the assignment Knowledge of introductory economics and statistics
References Articles researching the impact of technology on employment
Last modified 8/12/99


A major issue of the impact of computers on society is the overall impact that computer technology has had on employment. There is not a generally accepted answer to the questions presented on the preceding page.

Goals for the activity:

This exercise is to inform the students of some of the complexities involved in attempting to answer the questions.

Knowledge / skills / attitudes to be developed (behavioral objectives):

After completion of this exercise students should

  1. Either assign
  2. Have individual students or groups of students prepare a summary of the conclusions of the paper read
  3. Students (individually or in groups) present their finding to the class
  4. Once all the reports are given, the class discusses the conclusions raised by the various reports
Options: Assessing outcomes:

Grade as usual for a report; participation in the discussion can count as part of classroom participation.

Additional remarks:

Author contact information:

William Myers
Dept. of Computer Studies
Belmont Abbey College
Belmont, NC

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