NS304 Science, Technology, and Society

for S2HH 2007

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NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society


S2HH 2007 PA


Vaughan, David K.


Adjunct Professor


BS Engineering Sciences, US Air Force Academy, 1962
MA English, University of Michigan, 1969
PhD English, University of Washington, 1974

Daytime Phone

(513) 897-0952

Other Phone

(937) 304-9068  (c)




Semester Dates

Spring II (19 March-20 May ) 2007

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:30 PM

Credit Hours



Rudi Volti, Society and Technological Change (4th ed); New York: Worth Publishers, 2001 

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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 is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain concepts of how and why science works and the many ways that science and technology affect our lives.
  2. Define and explain the processes of science and scientific inquiry.
  3. Discuss and illustrate relevant impacts of science and technology on individual lives, professions, and the global society.
  4. Demonstrate the analytical and critical thinking skills essential to making informed judgments and informed choices regarding science and technology.
  5. Analyze and determine statements that are based on science versus those that are not.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. define technology, identify its components, and differentiate it from the related terms science and engineering
  2. describe representative examples in the historical development of technology--their distinguishing features and the changes they helped bring about
  3. describe the typical effects of technological change upon society
  4. describe the social and political attempts to accommodate the effects of technological change
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Course grades will be calculated from scores obtained on the following course assignments: midterm and final exam; course report; homework assignments; oral reports; and class participation.


Course grades will be calculated from scores obtained on the following course assignments: midterm and final exam (25% each); course report (25%); homework assignments (10 %); oral reports (10%); and class participation (5%). Students will complete a 4-6 page paper and deliver an 8-10 minute oral report based on the paper. Assignments are graded with numerical scores according to the following scale: A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = below 60. Final grades are based on the weighted average of grades received on all course assignments.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignments or tests completed late will be penalized 10% of the earned grade unless lateness is the result of excused absence.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Class sessions will consist of a combination of lecture, class discussions, and in-class exercises. Students are expected to arrive promptly and remain in class for the full period of class time. Excused absences must be supported by written documentation signed by official approving authority. If no written documentation is provided, absence will be considered unexcused. According to Park University policy, two consecutive unexcused absences or three total unexcused absences will result in administrative withdrawal from the course with a grade of “F.” Students should notify the instructor if they expect to be absent from class, and they should arrange to obtain information and instructions that were given out during their absence. Plagiarism (the intentional use of the work of others without appropriate acknowledgement) will result in course failure and possible expulsion from Park University. Students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom will be dismissed from class. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending class under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or otherwise disrupting the learning experience in the class. Students who are dismissed from class may be given failing grades, suspension, or expulsion from Park University. Cell phones and pagers should be turned off while class is in session.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Date Subject Reading Assignment

21 Mar Introduction STC, Ch 1, 4

28 Mar Technology and Change STC, Ch 2, 3, 8 Homework Q1

04 Apr Technology and Work STC, Ch 5, 9, 10 Homework Q2

11 Apr Technology, Energy, STC, Ch 6, 7 Homework Q3

and Medicine

18 Apr Technology and Midterm Examination

Communication STC, Ch 11, 12

25 Apr Technology and STC, Ch 13, 14 Homework Q4


02 May Organizational Control STC, Ch. 15, 16 Homework Q5

of Technology

09 May Governments and STC, Ch 17 Oral reports


16 May Course Review Course reports due Oral reports

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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 .


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