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NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society
Burrill, Lanny


SYLLABUS SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY NS 304  Park University @ Fairchild AFB               COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER:  NS 304   COURSE DESCRIPTOR: NS   COURSE TITLE:  Science, Technology, and Society   SEMESTER/TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: Fall II, 2005   NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER:  Lanny L. Burrill   TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Senior Professor   FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION: None   FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: Monday &Wednesday 2:00 – 5:00 pm.   FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER:  244-2020 (Msg only)  HOME: 838-4293   FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS:  lanny.burrill@pirate.park.edu   OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS: The above is forwarded to my home account.   FACULTY WEB PAGE ADDRESS: None . DATES OF THE SEMESTER/TERM: October 24 – December 18, 2005   CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: Monday - Wednesday   CLASS SESSION TIME: 7: 40 to 10:15 p.m.   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:  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.     FACULTY’S 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; 1.  Be 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. 3.  Be aware and understand the enormous and pervasive impacts of science and technology on our individual lives, our professions, our society and the world. 4.  Be 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. 5.  Know the strengths and limitations of science – what science can and cannot do. 6.  Know and use the independent analytical and critical thinking skills essential to making informed judgments and informed choices regarding:             a. The countless S & T related issues and problems that confront us individually and as a society.             b. The multitude of conflicting and competing claims, often claiming to be based on science, that                  confront us. These learning objectives reinforce Park’s Goals for Science Literacy in the Curriculum: 1.  Understanding the nature and role of scientific evidence in the pursuit of knowledge.” 2.  Recognition of the importance of the scientific method of argument and modeling process. 3.  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. 4.  Acquisition of tools for successful involvement in the scientific pursuits of the scientific community.   COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): The demon-Haunted World¸ Sagan, Carl. Ballantine Books, New York, 1996.     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.  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 time.   LATE 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.   COURSE ASSESSMENT: 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.    CLASSROOM 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     COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS: DATE (week of)           STUDY ASSIGNMENT           ASSIGNMENT TURN IN        Oct 24                          Read text                                  Syllabus, course overview, instructor report. Oct 31                          Read text                                  Discuss 1st 7 chapters, Current event(s) Nov 7                           Chapters 4, 5                             Discuss Ch 8- 15, Current event(s) Nov 14                         Chapter 6                                  Discuss 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 11                                Course Reports Dec 12                        Review/Critique                        Course Reports, Course Value Report   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.