NS241 Cult'l & Hist'l Aspects of the Scientific Endeavor

for F2J 2004

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CourseNS 241 Cultural and Historical Aspects of the Scientific Endeavor
FacultySchoof, Timothy D.
TitleSenior Professor
Degrees/CertificatesDoctorate of Education (Ed.D.) Education
Master of Science (MS) Chemistry
Master of Business Administration (MBA) Finance & Management
Office LocationCleveland Chiropractic College
Office Hours11:00 to 12:00
Daytime Phone(816) 501-0257
Web Pagehttp://captain.park.edu/schoof/
Class Days---W---
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
Credit Hours3

Indian Givers by Jack Weatherford,
New York, Fawcett Columbine

Black Pioneer of Science and Invention by Louis Haber
An Odyssey Book, Harcourt Brace and Company

Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles,
and Monentous Discoveries, 2nd Edition by Sharon Bertsch
McGrayne, Joseph Henry Press

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

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.  3:0:3

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

Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:
1. List the steps in the scientific method.
2. Apply the scientific method in their analytical thinking.
3. Understand the contributions of various groups in the development of science.
4. Understand how diversity enhances the scientific process.
5. Analyze problems through critical thinking.
6. Explain the common barriers that various groups had to overcome to enter the scientific field.
7. Explain the common characteristics of individuals who overcame barriers to be able to become successful scientist.
8. Discuss specific individual contribution to science.
9. Demonstrate a better understanding of broad underlining concepts contained in Biology and Chemistry.

Course Assessment:

Grade of A
Student is present, punctual, attentive, and considerate of others opinions.  Material has been read and the student actively participates by contributing ideas and comments that demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the issues. Participation is superior.  Critical thinking, effective communication and sound reasoning are evident.  Student is an asset to the classroom environment.

Grade of B
Student may miss a class or two, but is normally present, punctual, attentive, and considerate.  Material has been read but depth of understanding and/or insight is less evident than mentioned under A.  Comments and opinions reflect a more superficial view of the issues.  Student accepts constructive criticism and maintains a positive attitude.

Grade of C
Attendance is regular, punctual, attentive, and considerate.  Some material may have been read, but quality and quantity of participation sporadic.  Student is more passive, reluctant to share, and lacks direction.  Occasionally, insight into an issue(s) is demonstrated and the effort is there.  Student attempts to contribute to the class.

Grade of D
Material has been attempted, but comprehension is absent.  Interest appears lacking and excuses are prevalent.  May demonstrate intolerance of others.  Tries but is not much of an asset to the classroom environment.  Attendance is poor

Grade of F
Student is generally absent, or when in class, is not an asset to the discussion.  May be inconsiderate of others, just not doing the work, paying attention, or unprepared.  When called upon, may respond inappropriately (sarcasm, act irritated or bored, etc.).  Excuses are prevalent


The exams are take-home.  I will give the exams at the end of the period one week before the exam is due.  Exams are due on or before the date and time given in class, period!  I will not accept late examinations for any reason.  You can always turn in the exams early by placing the exam in my college mailbox.  
Note: Check grading section to see if exams are applicable.  

Reaction Papers:

The purpose of the reaction papers is to have you think critically about an issue and formulate a reaction and opinion(s) to that issue.  In general, there are no right or wrong answers.  You can take either position as long as you support your opinion with a sound argument and, when possible, include evidence that helps your case.

The topic and due date for each paper will be announced in class.  The length of a reaction paper should be between 3 to 5 typed double-spaced pages, excluding the cover page and footnotes or references, if present.  

Grades are based on the following;
Insight  ....................................... 25%
Focus .......................................... 25%
Communication.......................... 25%
Grammar and Spelling ................ 25%


The presentations are designed to practice public speaking and allow you to gain information from your fellow students.  

Grading is based on the following:

Technique .................................. 25%
Cultural information .................. 25%
Scientific information ................ 25%
Visual Aids................................   25%

Note:  If for some reason, you cannot do the presentation, you may do a research paper as an alternative.  The research must have a cover page and references.  It must be 5 to 10 type written pages not including the cover page and references.  Since, the idea of the presentation is to get practice public speaking and since a report cannot accomplish this goal, the paper can only receive a grade of “B” or lower.  In addition, I grade reduction will result if you cannot or do not stay and listen to your colleagues.  

Journal ....................................................................... 100 pts
Class Participation ................................................... 100 pts
Reaction Papers ........................................................ 100 pts
Presentation  (1) ...................................................... 100 pts Total   400 pts  

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes. No late work will be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Standards of student conduct are published in the College Catalog and the Student Handbook.  Students observed violating these standards of professional and personal conduct will be asked to leave class and an incident report will be submitted to the Dean's office, which may result in additional disciplinary action.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
I. Historical and Scientific Aspects

A. Introduction (week 1)
Discussion: Experiences with bigotry and discrimination
Film: Scientific Method

B. Scientific Method (week 2)
Discussion: Who should control scientific knowledge and is there something's that we just should not investigate.
Film: “And the Band Played On”

C. Science History and Ethics (week 3)
Discussion: The female lab assistant
Film: Ethical dilemma's in science

II. Cultural Aspects

A. Women Scientist (week 4)
Read: Nobel Prize Women in Science
Discussion: Derogatory statements and labeling
      “Label cans not people”
Film: “Women in Science”

B. Homosexual contributions to science (week 5)
Discussion: Is discrimination ok in some cases? (rights vs. privileges)
Film: Decoding Nazi Secrets

C. Black and Latino Scientists (week 6)
Read: Black Pioneers of Science and Invention.
Discussion: Freedom of speech vs. Rights of the individual
Film: “Black Inventors and Scientist”

D. Native American and Asian contributors to Science (week 7)
Read: Indian Givers
Discussion: Religion's contribution
Film: “Native Americans”

E. Presentations (week 8)

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 "WH".
  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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100

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.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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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