FSem 132 -- 2010


The course description contains details about the topics of this course and the organization of the course, including grading.

This syllabus presents the weekly topics and assignments. The details of the syllabus and adjustments will be filled in as the course proceeds.

The assignments are due on the day they are listed and the quizzes should be done online before the class for which they are listed. Quizzes are on Blackboard.

The readings refere by author to the following books:

Chaotic Elections, Donald Saari
Deliver the Vote, Tracy Campbell
Stealing Elections, John Fund
Hacked, High Tech Election Theft in America, DeLozier and Karp eds.
Electronic Elections, Michael Alvarez and Thad Hall

Other readings will be given as handouts or links to web pages.    

Course Schedule

date                topic                                   reading                                       assignment/quiz

Aug   27         Introductions, Course Preview
Aug   30         No class
Sept    1         Introduction to the library by Peter Tagtmeyer. Meet at the Cronin room, Case-Geyer 501 2:45 PM.

Sept    6        Weighted voting                                                                     solution to Nassau County problem 
           8        Banzhaf index of power         Banzhaf-1
                     apply to methods developed in class

         13         Lab on weighted voting        Banzhaf-2                                   lab    
         15         Lab continued                      orig sol1 sol2                             Quiz 1 on Banzhaf readings due

         20         Electoral College, fair?         Saari pp 1-16                   
         22         Third candidates,                  Saari pp 17-27                          Writer's quiz A due (Composition and Revising)
                     Voting methods overview                                                        Weighted voting lab due

        27         Arrow's theorem                  Saari pp 27-31                            Quiz 2 on voting methods due 
        29         Analysis of voting methods   Saari pp 33-45                            Writer's quiz B due (Academic Writing)

Oct     4           Analysis of voting methods   Saari pp 45-68                           Quiz 3 on Arrow's theorem due
          6            Other methods                     Saari, ch 3                                 Recent articles on voting methods
                                                                                                                    2008 articles on voting technology

         11          Fall Break
         13          Lab on voting methods -- constructing a profile                        lab 2                                   

         18          Review     
         20          Exam                                    Exam Solutions

         25          Discussion: Voting in the early years     Deliver the Vote, Introduction and parts 1&2   Quiz 5 due     Voting Fraud Paper assignment                         
         27          Discussion: Where are we now?            Deliver the Vote, part 3                                  Quiz 6 due

Nov    1          Discussion of Course Registration                                                           Topic and Sources due for paper
                       process, requirements and procedures
          3          What problems occurred in the elections last night?                             Voting problems 2010      Writer's Quiz C due

          8          No Class
        10          Discussion: What are the merits of accusations                         Quiz 7 due (on articles submitted by class)
                                        of suppressing voting or fraudulent registrations?    Read Fund Stealing Elections and current articles

        15         Discussion of Hacked                              Hacked                     Quiz 8 due (on Hacked)           Voting Fraud paper due
        17         Discussion of Electronic Elections         Read Alvarez and Hall, Ch 1-3, Ch 6                          Project groups and topics due         

        22          No Class
        24          Thanksgiving Break

Nov 29        Discussion of Electronic Elections         Read Alvarez and Hall, Ch 4-8
Dec   1        Discussion, What have we learned? 

         8         Project presentations                              P1, P2, P3                        final project presentations
       10         Project presentations                              P4, P5                       Project papers due today or by Friday, Dec 12, via email
       12                                                                      Quiz 9 due (on project presentations)

                    No Final