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.CourseNS 241 Cultural and Historical Aspects of the Scientific EndeavorSemesterS2J 2009 DNFacultyMichael, Richard S.TitleAdjunct FacultyDegrees/CertificatesM.S., P.E., DEE -- Board Certified Environmental EngineerDaytime PhoneWill be provided at first night of class.E-MailRichard.Michael@park.eduSemester Dates03/16/2009 - 05/10/2009Class Days--T----Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PMCredit Hours3Textbook: Textbooks: Haber, Louis. Black Pioneers of Science and Invention. (ISBN 0-15-208566-1) (less than $10 in paper edition)
An Odyssey Book, Harcourt Brace & Company, 1970 McGrayne, Sharon Bertsch Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles, and Momentous Discoveries, Second Edition (2001) (ISBN 0-309-07270-0) "Since 1901 there have been over three hundred recipients of the Nobel Prize in the sciences. Only ten of them - about 3 percent - have been women. Why?" (roughly $20 in paper edition)
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstoreTextbooks can be purchased through the Parkville BookstoreAdditional Resources: In addition to these required texts, the instructor has a limited number of “loaner” supplemental texts: Flowers, Charles. A Science Odyssey. William Morrow and Company. New York. Students do NOT need to purchase this book. (A companion video tape series to this book is also available for checkout at the Park University main campus library.)McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development. The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email email@example.com or call 800-927-3024Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.Course Description: A history of science is presented in terms of the multicultural aspects of our scientific heritage. Focus is upon the nature of scientific inquiry and the social factors affecting the participation of diverse groups of individuals in the advancement of science. 3:0:3Educational Philosophy: Students learn best in a mutually supportive, student centered classroom environment. Learning in science is best accomplished by:
• Developing an understanding of key concepts and principles
• Challenging students to develop their understanding and their critical thinking skills by applying those concepts and principles to critically analyzing real life issues and problems relating to science and technology.
• Minimizing rote memorization. “Science is built up of facts, as a house is with stones. But a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house.” -Henri Poincare
"Tell me and I forget; teach me and I may remember; involve me and I learn." -Attributed to Benjamin Franklin. Also credited in a slightly different form as a Chinese proverb. Learning Outcomes: Core Learning OutcomesExplain the nature of scientific inquiry and the scientific method;Demonstrate scientific experimentation as a problem-solving method via directed laboratory experiences;Discuss the multicultural nature of both historic and present day scientific endeavors (gained via readings and course projects);Demonstrate the use of Science Literacy, Critical Literacy, and Values Literacy via written and oral presentations. Instructor Learning OutcomesDevelop, practice and demonstrate "information literacy" skills, critical for the so-called "Information Age", including:Effective search strategies for finding information and data necessary to making informed judgmentsEffective techniques for critically evaluating information and dataEffective strategies for dealing with "information overload"Core Assessment:
CORE ASSESSMENT ASIGNMENT: Op-Ed Poster Display (or Editorial Page
NS 241 Cultural and Historical Aspects of the Scientific Endeavor
S2J 2009 DN
Michael, Richard S.
M.S., P.E., DEE -- Board Certified Environmental Engineer
Will be provided at first night of class.
03/16/2009 - 05/10/2009
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
Additional Resources: In addition to these required texts, the instructor has a limited number of “loaner” supplemental texts: Flowers, Charles. A Science Odyssey. William Morrow and Company. New York. Students do NOT need to purchase this book. (A companion video tape series to this book is also available for checkout at the Park University main campus library.)
McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development. The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-927-3024Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
CORE ASSESSMENT ASIGNMENT:
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Late Submission of Course Materials: It is expected that all work will be done conscientiously and submitted on time. The instructor recognizes that emergencies do occur, so if circumstances beyond your control prevent timely submission of work, please confer with the instructor as soon as possible by telephone, by email, or in person.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Assignments & Activities
Please email your contact information before the first class to:
Please include the following information – Your Name, Day & Evening Telephone Contact Numbers, Preferred email address, Major, Class Standing (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior), What you want to gain from this class.
Class: Discussion – Chapters 1 and 2
Homework: IMPORTANT Pre-Assignment
Please COMPLETE BEFORE First Class
Because of our ultra-accelerated eight week, eight class term, it is essential that we start quickly, and continue to work diligently throughout the term.
Please complete the following before our first class:
Land of Plenty: America's Competitive Edge in Science, Engineering, and Technology
(Summary of the Report of the Congressional Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology Development)
Please come to our first class prepared to discuss your thoughts about the following statement:
“When any individuals, or groups – women, minorities, the physically challenged, etc. – are denied full equality of access to education or participation and advancement in science, engineering and, related fields, we ALL suffer the consequences!”
At your option, you may also choose to explore one or more of the following relevant web sites and related links on those pages:
Please also read the first two chapters in our print textbook, Black Pioneers of Science and Invention
(If for any reason you have difficulty sending emails, or are challenged at finding and accessing sources on the Internet, please do not be concerned. We will work together to develop our basic skills at finding, accessing, and evaluating information sources on the Internet – increasingly essential skills in this “Information Age”).
(More detailed course schedule and class meeting schedule will be announced on the first night of class.)
Critical analysis paper #1 due
1. Should we have developed and dropped the atomic bomb in WWII?
2. The Tuskegee Study
3. The Digital Divide
4. Environmental Justice / Environmental Equity
Midterm Exam & exam related group presentations
CORE ASSESSMENT -- Critical analysis paper #2 due. Options to be announced in class.
Community Resource Project due. Final Exam
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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87All submitted work must be your own, unless group effort is specifically authorized by the instructor.
Writing papers together (unless specifically authorized by the instructor), copying papers or sections thereof, and other forms of plagiarism are unacceptable and may result in an “F” for the course.
Whenever information from an outside source is used in a submitted paper or assignment, that information MUST be properly documented as to source. This applies whether the information is quoted, paraphrased or simply used.
Unless specifically authorized by the instructor, assignments are to be typed or printed and checked for grammatical and typographical errors. If a student is unclear about the guidelines or requirements for an assignment, please see the instructor.
Reference sources which are from the Internet need to be cited directly in the text of the document and on the reference list. A hard copy of the article, information should also be submitted with the paper for all assignments.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90Additional information on attendance, or lack thereof, is covered under the section on grading participation.
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. 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 .
Additional Information:Our course will incorporate some aspects of a "blended" classroom as some course materials will be provided or shared through the Park University online NS 241 cCompanion site.
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