NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society
U1F 2006 MY
Espinal, Jack L.
Master of Science
703 607 7864
703 534 7484
29 May 2006 – 30 July 2006
5:00 - 10:00 PM
Textbook: Sagan, Carl. The Demon-Haunted World Science as a Candle in the Dark. Random House, 1995
Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: Feynman Richard P. The Pleasure of Finding Things Out. Perseus Books, 1999
Nickell, Joe. The Outer Edge. CSICOP, 1996
Ronan, Colin. Science Explained. Henry Holt and Company, 1993
Hawking, Stephen W. A Brief History of Time. Bantam Books, 1988
Terzian Yervant. Carl Sagan's Universe. Cambridge University Press 1997
Filkin, David. Stephen Hawking's Universe - The Cosmos Explained. Harper Collins, 1997
Resources for Independent Thinking - http://www.rit.org/
CSICOP / Skeptical Inquirer - http://www.csicop.org/si/
The Sagan Society - http://www.uga.edu/~dogsbody/
Metropolitan District of Washington Park Site http://www.park.edu/virginia
Park University Library http://www.park.edu/library/index.asp
Quantico Marine Corps Base Family Library http://www.quantico.usmc-mccs.org/quanticolibrary.htm
Fort Myer Post Library http://www.fmmcmwr.com/librarymyer.htm
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: The instructor's educational philosophy based on student interactions using discussions, readings, lab experiments, observations, quizzes, examinations, video, internet-mail exchange and writings. The instructor will engage each learner in the lively exploration of science and the scientific method, discussions of readings, oral reports/presentations; field trips; videos, and other media that may be deemed appropriate and available. Collaborative learning techniques will be used to analyze and solve problems in small groups. This course presents basic principles of Sciences they relate to everyday experiences. It will help prepare you to make decisions about important environmental, social, and ethical issues that face our society and our small planet. You will learn to use the scientific method in gathering information needed to make those decisions. Together, we will explore the world around us using science as a tool for understanding. Astrology, alien life, fortune telling, visions, and extrasensory perception will be examined from a scientific perspective. The mutual interaction of science and society will be stressed throughout the course. This will provide students with skills needed to extract scientific truth form the world around them and make informed decisions.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
Grading: The final course grade will be determined by the following measurements:
1. Film Assessment 20 percent
2. Quizzes 20 percent
3. Midterm 15 percent
4. Final Examination 20 percent
4. Research Project and Presentation 10 percent
5. Field Trip and Presentation 15 percent
Final course grading scale:
93-100 % = A
83-92 % = B
73-82 % = C
63-72 % = D
62 % and below or more than 15 hours of course time missed) = F
Late Submission of Course Materials: If an assignment is due on a night that the student is not present, it is the student's responsibility to get the assignment to the instructor on the due date. Assignments will not be accepted after three dates of the due date without prior approval from the instructor. Video Tapes and DVDs show in class cannot be made-up..
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Class participation is expected and will form a part of the final grade. Students are expected to come to all classes and be on time. Roll will be checked each class meeting. Students are required to read all assigned material prior to class. Classes missed for legitimate reasons, such as illness, temporary duty, are excusable; however, the student must make up the missed work as follows: written chapter problem solutions/comments must be turned in by e-mail prior the missed class session. Written solutions to problems and discussion subjects covered in class will be prepared and presented to the instructor at an agreed upon date and an additional ten chapter questions will be completed. (a partial failing grade for class participation will be assessed for un-excused absences). Exercises done in class and associated study guides cannot be made up. Students missing class will receive zeros for these assignments. The course web page - http://www.jespinal.com - contains electronic copies of many of the exercises and practice sets used in class. Browse the web page to see what is there.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: See attached Table
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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
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 .
Last Updated:5/10/2006 11:16:35 AM