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NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society
Battrum, Denis D.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
Course NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society
Semester F1J2005
Faculty Battrum, Denis D.
Title Adjunct Professor
Degrees     M.Sc., MBA
E-Mail Denis.Battrum@park.edu
Semester  October 25th - December 19th
Class Days Thursdays
Class Time 5:30 - 9:50 PM
Credit Hours    3

Textbook:
The Demon-Haunted World - Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan.  ISBN: 0-345-40946-9

Additional Resources:
Consider using more than just Google.  Parallel search engines and Park University resources should also be considered.  Some of the more startling scientific results are in the original works (often from the early 1900's, for example).

For any current scientific study, therefore, it can be useful for the reader to refer to the "References" section. It is intuitively not surprising that your own understanding of something might possibly be better than your understanding of someone else's explanation of her/his understanding of the same thing.

Course Description:
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.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The student is expected to be responsible for his/her own learning. The instructor will act to facilitate but not necessarily to simplify or to end-run the process.

Learning Outcomes:
As a result of investing time in this class, students should significantly increase their abilities to research and analyze information, improve critical thinking, and polish their writing and presentation skills.

The ultimate outcomes will be science literacy and enhanced understanding of our surroundings, better decision-making capability in the face of commercial and/or political advertising, and greater self-confidence.

Course Assessment:
Assessment will be made primarily on papers and presentations (60 percent); tests (30 percent), and general participation, including attendance (10 percent).

Grading:
A = 90-100 percent
B = 80-89
C = 70-79
D = 60-69
F < 60

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Material submitted up to 24 hours late will be graded to a maximum mark of 50 percent.  Material submitted beyond 24 hours will not be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
The learning environment is expected to be generally supportive; non-hostile in all respects. Be on time. Ringing mobile 'phones and mobile 'phone conversations during class are not permitted.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Be sure to read the following chapters from Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World - Science as a Candle in the Dark, prior to coming to each class:

Week 1: 1,2
Week 2: 17,19
Week 3: 5
Week 4: 12,13
Week 5: (mid-term test)
Week 6: 14,16
Week 7: 23,25
Week 8: (final test)

Additional topics for research, and presentation will be assigned as a "second level" in the course, running concurrently with the above.

Supplemental information will be communicated via e-mail. It is essential that you regularly check your Park e-mail, both for this course and because Park University uses your PirateMail account as its primary method of officially communicating important information to students.

Technology will fail us. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technological setbacks.  Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a flash device or a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes if necessary. You may also wish to send copies of all your work to your Park e-mail server.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.  

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


Attendance is essential and part of your grade.  Late arrival is disruptive to the class and to the instructor.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:
http://www.park.edu/disability .
Special Note:

The syllabus is not intended to be a legal contract and is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.  

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