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NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society
Venaccio, Michael G.


COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: NS 304

 

COURSE DESCRIPTOR:  NS

 

COURSE TITLE:  SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY

 

SEMESTER/TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT:  Term II, F2G05, Grand Forks AFB

 

NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER:  Michael G. Venaccio

 

TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Senior Instructor

 

FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION: Grand Forks AFB Education Center, Park University

 

FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: Arrange Times As Needed With Instructor.

 

FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: 701-792-3045 (Work #), 701-746-1271 (Home #)

FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS: Michael.Venaccio@park.edu

 

OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS: michaelv@strata-corp.com, Venaccio@msntv.net

 

FACULTY WEB PAGE ADDRESS: None

 

DATES OF THE SEMESTER/TERM: OCTOBER 24 TO DECEMBER 18, 2005

 

CLASS SESSIONS DAYS:  MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS

 

CLASS SESSION TIME: 4:45 TO 7:25 PM

 

PREREQUISITE(S): None

 

CREDIT HOURS: 3

 

 

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 DESCRIPTION: This course encourages critical thinking and analysis of the current relationship between science, technology and society. Course topics will include the  two cultures of society and science, the relationship between basic science and technology, the effects of technology upon society and possible future technologies.

 

 

FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of application of theory and principles learned in the classroom. The goal is for the student to apply the knowledge gained to real-world situations in areas such as work. To do this effectively, the student will understand the significance of the relationships between science and technology and the utilization of them by society.

 

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES: At the end of this course the student will be able to develop critical thinking and analysis skills directed towards current views on the relationship between science, technology and society. The student will also gain an appreciation of the unique challenges that face society as technology and science provide ever expanding options to mankind that were not available to previous generations.

 

 

COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): “SOCIETY AND TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE”, By Rudi Volti, Worth Publishers, FIFTH EDITION, 2005. NOTE: THE FOURTH EDITION MAY ALSO BE USED.

 

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY:       “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”

 

 

PLAGIARISM:           Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

 

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY:     Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

 

 

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: All assignments are due no later than the end of the semester, unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor, and then only for good reasons, such as deployments, TDY’s, sickness, etc.

 

COURSE ASSESSMENT: Your final grade will be determined using a combination of class attendance and participation, a research paper on a course topic, and research, preparation and presentation of a position debate based on course topics.

 

 

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: The class environment and conduct will be based on the essential principle of mutual respect for fellow students and the instructor. Additionally, in the event you must miss a class session, it is required that you notify the instructor either directly by phone or e-mail, or through the Park University Office at the Base Education Center.

 

 

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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students 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:  www.park.edu/disability.

 

COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS: The following schedule is provided to enable you to pace yourself in completing the required readings and assignments:

 

Oct 24/26                      Chapters 1, 2 & 3, Course Overview, Introduction and Assignments

 

Oct 31/Nov 2                Chapters 4, 5 & 6

 

Nov 7/9                        Chapters 7 & 8

 

Nov 14/16                    Chapters 9, 10 & 11

 

Nov 21/23                    Chapters 12 & 13

 

Nov 28/30                    Chapters 14 & 15

 

Dec 5/7                       Chapters 16 & 17

 

Dec 12/14                   Student Debates, All Course Requirements Due.

 

 

 

NOTE: This schedule is approximate and may be changed in the event of military exercises. If you will miss any class sessions, please advise me.         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRADING PLAN:    Class participation and attendance………………………………….15%

 

                                  A 10 page research paper on a course topic………………. ………25%

 

                                  Research, preparation and presentation of debate position…………60%