SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY
304 Park University @ Fairchild AFB
AND NUMBER: NS 304
COURSE TITLE: Science, Technology, and Society
COURSE BEING TAUGHT: Fall II, 2005
FACULTY MEMBER: Lanny L. Burrill
&Wednesday 2:00 – 5:00 pm.
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DATES OF THE
October 24 – December 18, 2005
TIME: 7: 40
to 10:15 p.m.
CREDIT HOURS: 3
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
University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative
educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
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.
EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: The class will be taught
using a combination of lecture, discussion of the text, current events, and
discussion of other articles from current professional scientific journals. Students are encouraged to work together and
critique each other in the preparation of their cases and reports. In order to encourage improved writing and
oral skills in all students, all case studies and reports will be presented
both orally and written. Writing will
be graded, and use of proper grammar is expected in the oral and the written
work. Written work presented that
contains grammar errors which degrade the communication will be graded 50 and
returned to the student to be re-accomplished to a maximum score of 80. Time permitting, oral presentation graded
below 75 may be re-accomplished to raise the grade to a maximum of 80.
COURSE OBJECTIVES/LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Achieving the following objectives will help
develop the conceptual understanding, analytical tools and critical thinking
skills essential for effectively managing science and technology in your life, your
profession, and in your nation and world.
The student should;
able to explain how and why science works and know the many ways that science and
technology affect our lives.
2. Understand the nature of science and the
fundamental processes of science, scientific inquiry and a “scientific approach”
and be able to evaluate scientific work done by others.
aware and understand the enormous and pervasive impacts of science and
technology on our individual lives, our professions, our society and the world.
able to understand and in some cases predict that technologies almost always
have multiple impacts, that there are unintended consequences, or “side
effects,” to virtually every technology.
the strengths and limitations of science – what science can and cannot do.
Know and use the independent analytical and critical thinking skills
essential to making informed judgments and informed choices regarding:
The countless S & T related issues and problems that confront us
individually and as a society.
The multitude of conflicting and competing claims, often claiming to be based
on science, that
These learning objectives reinforce Park’s
Goals for Science Literacy in the Curriculum:
the nature and role of scientific evidence in the pursuit of knowledge.”
of the importance of the scientific method of argument and modeling process.
Appreciation of the origins of scientific inquiry and method of seeing
their continuing presence in the mutual interaction between human society and
its physical environment.
of tools for successful involvement in the scientific pursuits of the
TEXTBOOK(S): The demon-Haunted World¸ Sagan, Carl. Ballantine Books, New York, 1996.
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.”
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. Students missing a quiz must
complete the quiz within one week of the end of the absence. The instructor should be contacted ahead of
time or ASAP after an absence becomes necessary or occurs. If you are absent, you must contact the
instructor, by phone or e-mail, before Friday of that week. If you fail to contact the instructor, your
absence will be reported as unexcused.
If you have an unexcused absence, you will not be eligible for an
incomplete should you be sent TDY and are unable to complete the course on
SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: Late work will be automatically deducted 10% for
each class period that it is late.
Telling the instructor that you are not ready, will not be ready, or
getting permission to postpone your assignment does not mean the deduction is
waived. Plan ahead. If you are required to miss a class because
of duties, the paper or report will be due at the next class period.
Assessment will include, and students are required to complete, assigned
current events, course reports, take part in classroom discussions and the
final course value report.
RULES OF CONDUCT: At all times students are required to display
common courtesy when others are speaking, including when classmates are making
presentations. Attendance when your
classmates are presenting, and your supporting and critical comments are
important to your grade as well as your learning and their’s. If you must leave class early, warn the
instructor before class and sit next to the door. If
a student misses a class period they are expected to obtain notes from a
classmate concerning the material covered in class. If a student knows in advance of an absence, they should notify
the instructor ahead of time. Students
are expected to have read the assigned material before class
DATE (week of) STUDY ASSIGNMENT ASSIGNMENT
Oct 24 Read
text Syllabus, course overview, instructor report.
Oct 31 Read
1st 7 chapters, Current event(s)
5 Discuss Ch
8- 15, Current event(s)
Nov 14 Chapter
Ch 16-20, Current event(s)
Nov 21 Chapters
7, 8 Discuss
Ch 21-25, Current event(s)
Nov 28 Chapters
9, 10 Current
event(s), Course Reports
Dec 5 Chapter
Review/Critique Course Reports, Course
GRADING PLAN: The course will be graded based on the following allocation;
Attendance 10 points, Participation 20 points, 2
Current Events 20 points each, Course Report 20, Course value report 10
points. Total scores of 90 to 100
points will be considered an A. 80 to
89 will receive a B, 70 to 79 will receive a C, 60 to 69 will receive a D. Any score below 60 points will be
failing. In addition, the final exam
MUST be passed to receive a passing grade.