Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: The student is encouraged to make on-line technical literature searches at the Park University library website.
Course Description: This course examines the relationship between science, technology, and society. Topics include: the two cultures, the relationship between basic science and technology, the effects of technology upon society, and possible future technologies.
Educational Philosophy: The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.
Learning Outcomes:The student will learn the history of how science and technology caused urbanization and suburbanization, the rise of "Scientific Management", large corporations and the entertainment business, how the inventions of the automobile, the atom bomb, space ships and computers affect our life styles and attitudes, how modern medical practices interrelate with our everyday life. Other impacts of science and technology may also be included.
The course is divided into five parts:
II. The Process of Technological Change
III. Technology and Transformation of Work
V. The Tools of Destruction
We will discover the linkages between these aspects of Science, Technology and Society
Course Assessment: There will be a midterm and a final examination plus two written reports.
Grading: The final grade will be determined using the following:
Mid-Term Examination 100 points
Final Examination 100 points
Report #1 60 points
Report #2 60 points
Daily Assignments 75 points*
TOTAL 400 points
* Five points per chapter; and 5 points if all are completed
Late Submission of Course Materials: One letter grade will be dropped for failure to submit on the assigned due date.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Abrasive student behavior is encouraged in order to make your point during open [free-for-all] classroom discussions. I will have my cell phone in vibrator mode and request all students to do the same. Please stand up and answer your cell phone on the way out of the classroom: this also applies to me.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: A. Be prepared to discuss the assigned material for each class period. This will be achieved for each class by preparing a one page, typed report for each chapter which lists at least three major ideas of the chapter and three questions that you would like other students to answer from the assigned material: One of the THREE questions being a question selected from "Questions for Discussion" listed at the end of the assigned chapter. Answers to your questions should also be typed. Keep one copy and turn in another copy at the start of class. Please type in your name and the chapter number.
B. Present to the class, ad lib, a one to two page, typed report (Report #1) on some modern day technology. Check with the instructor first to make sure that the topic hasn't already been chosen. Discuss the technology's purpose, background and how that purpose is achieved in terms that a lay person could understand. A 5x7 card with notes/outline may be used.
C. Present to the class, ad lib, a one to two page, typed report (Report #2) on a new technology that could theoretically be invented for a particular purpose in our current society. Explain the rationale for the product, what is currently known (Background information) about a similar product: how do you think in might be built?. What are the limitations involved in developing the product and how would it apply to society today. Think BIG! as well as small in your invention. A 5x7 card can be used along with diagrams/overhead transparencies, etc.
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101There is on-line and computer software available for finding plagiarism.
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences
via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate
Catalog Page 100
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