NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society
S2F 2007 QU
Espinal, Jack L.
BS ChemistryMS Management
Fort Myer, Virginia
703 607 7864
703 534 7484
19 March 2007 – 20 May 2007
5:30 - 10:30 PM
Sagan, Carl. The Demon-Haunted World Science as a Candlein the Dark. Random House, 1995
Feynman Richard P. The Pleasure ofFinding 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.
Filkin, David. Stephen Hawking’s Universe - The CosmosExplained. 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
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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.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Assessment of learning will be determined by using the following:
1. Film Assessment: Students will review 6 science related, in-class Video Tapes/DVDs shown in class using a study group format.
2. Quizzes: Both announced and unannounced quizzes on material will be administered.
3. Mid-term and Final Exams: Students will complete two examinations.
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:
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: See attachment.
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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89
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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
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