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NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society
QuareQuio, Peter J.


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 LU
Semester F1U2005
Faculty QuareQuio, Peter J.
Title Academic Director, Assistant Professor
Degrees/Certificates Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Master of Arts in Biology
Life time administrative credential/ Los Angeles Unified School District
Office Location Luke Air Force Base; Park University
Office Hours Call 602-315-1556 from 6:00 AM to 11:50 PM
Daytime Phone 602-315-1556 Cell
Other Phone 602-315-1556 Cell
E-Mail peter.quarequio@park.edu
qandco@earthlink.net
Semester Dates August 22, 2005 to October 16, 2005
Class Days ------S
Class Time 8:00 - 1:10 PM
Credit Hours 3

Textbook:
Sagan, Carl.  The Demon-Haunted World. New York: Ballantine Publishing Group, 1997.

Additional Resources:
Diversity as America's Competitive Edge in Science, Engineering & Technology. (Must have free Adobe Acrobat reader to view this Report of the Congressional Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering & Technology Development.)

http://www.scitechdaily.com/
http://www.sciencedaily.com/index.htm
http://www.newscientist.com/

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:
Learning takes place in an interactive environment, not in a vacuum. Student and teacher must communicate effectively with each other to assure that the course material is being transmitted and received. Various exercises, using text and visual materials, will aid in this transaction. The instructor will use a variety of approaches to ensure that students who learn in different ways are engaged in learning. Photographs, charts, film clips, lectures, quizzes, essays, examinations, group discussions, oral presentations, group projects, internet links and web sites, etc. are used in this course.

Learning Outcomes:
Students successfully completing this course will be able to:
Explain key core science and technology concepts.
List essential elecments of science and a "scientific approach".
Explain the strengths and limitations of the so-called "scientific method".
Explain the importance of evidence vs. rhetoric in science.
Explain how to improve information literacy (finding information, filtering information, evaluating information quality, and managing information overload.  
Define basic terms in man's use of science and technology.
Explain society's utilization of science and technology to alter the earth.
Explain the use of technology to deal with key environmental issues in various parts of the world.
Describe the process of trying to resolve environmental issues locally, nationally, and worldwide with new technology.
Describe how the use of science and technology by humans impacts their environment.
Describe new environmental philosophies developed because of the use of new technology.
Describe ways in which humans have altered the environment, producing new ecosystems utilizing new science and technology.
Write a paragraph explaining the many facets of stress on man's existence as a species because of science and technology.
Explain the interaction and relationship of man with their abiotic and biotic environments utilizing science and technology.
List ways in which man has altered his environment due to technological advancements.
Explain how a safe water supply can be maintained by utilizing the latest science and technology.
Describe how humans dispose of garbage and human waste.
Explain how diseases are controlled and prevented.
Explain the safe use of pesticides and herbicides.
Describe the utilization of science and technology to increase food production and the efficiency of food- producing techniques.
Evaluate the effects of man's utilization of heating and cooling on the weather and atmosphere.
Describe the use of new audio and video equipment that has been developed.
Explain how genetic engineering has altered the flora and fauna on the planet.
Describe how genetic engineering has influenced food and medicine production.
Explain how science and technology is being used to attempt to achieve zero population growth globally.
Explain how science and technology has impacted the environment with smog, ozone depletion, water contamination, and global warming.
Describe how energy resources are being controlled and utilized.
Explain how cell phones, computers, and lasers have influenced man's behavior globally.
Explain how man's utilization of the automobile and airplane has molded man's impact on the planet.
Explain how science and technology allowed man to develop many leisure time activities.

Course Assessment:
The student's final course grade will be based on class participation, graded classwork, and homework as assigned,
assigned papers, oral presentations, a midterm exam, and a final exam.

Grading:
Your final grade will be determined using the following measurements:

Homework, classwork, and class participation....10%
Essay #1 and oral presentaion #1................15%
Midterm Exam....................................20%
Essay #2 and oral presentaion #2................15%
Research paper..................................10%
Final Examination...............................30%

COURSE GRADE:
A = a score of 90% or higher on the work completed
B = a score of 80.0% to 89.9% on the work completed
C = a score of 70.0% to 79.9% on the work completed
D = a score of 60.0% to 69.9% on the work completed
Fail = a score of 0% to 59.9% on the work completed



Late Submission of Course Materials:
A late assignment will be accepted only within one week following the original due date, but the grade will be dropped by 10%. No assignments will be accepted more than one week late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to act appropriately and professionally at all times in the classroom. This includes being in class on time, having necessary materials at hand, turning assignments in at the beginning of class, and being ready to learn. Students are also expected to participate in class discussions and to be prepared to answer questions concerning their reading and homework assignments.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
August 27, 2005  8 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. Introduction to basic concepts, distribution of syllabi, lecture on human population growth, demonstrations, discussions, introduction of Carl Sagan, assigned reading, and assignment of essay topics. Introduction of essential elements of science and a "scientific approach." Is there really such a thing as "the scienctific method"? Crucial importance of real world observations, experiments and testing. Reality as the "built-in error-correcting machinery" of science. Hard evidence, not rhetoric - "don't tell me, show me." Answering questions and questioning answers. Basic science vs. applied science vs. technology.

Multi-Cultural Dimensions of Science and Technology (S&T) --
introductory exploration. Cultural, gender and economic status-related differences in opportunities for participation in science education and careers, differential access to technology, and differential impacts of S&T. Contributions of minorities and women. Leveling the playing field -- equalizaing opportunities and impacts. Preventing the formation and/or perpetuation of a scientifically and culturally underprivileged underclass.

Information and Misinformation in the "Information Age." Effective approaches to finding, critically evaluating, and using information and data. Filtering and sorting information. Coping with information overlaod. Accessing and evaluating information online and electronically in the "electronic information age." 

September 3        8 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.  Quiz, lecture on 6 billion humans impacting the global environment, assignment of research paper topics, discussion of essay topics, demonstrations, film, discussion of last session's assigned reading, and assigned reading. 

September 10       8 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.  Essay #1 due; quiz, lecture on the internal combustion engine, hybrid and fuel-efficient cars, the black-topping of the planet, and the effects and potential solutions to smog. ozone, depletion, and global warming,discussion of last session's assigned reading, and assigned reading. 

September 17       8 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.  Quiz, review for midterm exam, lecture on the refirgerator, food production, pests and pesticides, chemicals, furthering genetic engineering in food and medicine production, discussion of last session's assigned reading, and assigned reading. 

September 24       8 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.  MIDTERM EXAM (covers first four weeks); lecture on disposing of garbage and human waste, preventing and controlling diseases, maintaining a safe water supply, film, demonstrations,discussion of last session's assigned reading, and assigned reading. 

October 1        8 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.  Essay #2 due; quiz, lecture on evaluating the effects of heating and cooling on the weather and atmosphere, controlling and using energy resources (solar, nuclear, coal, hydro, wind), film, discussion of last session's assigned reading, and assigned reading. 

October 8        8 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.  Research paper due; quiz, lecture on developing technology in audio and video equipment (cell phones, internet, e-mail, dvds), electronic communication, review for final exam, student course evaluations,discussion of last session's assigned reading, and assigned reading. 

October 15       8 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.  Overview of the entire course; FINAL EXAM (covers entire course).

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
"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 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 101
"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 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

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
 
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