NS304 Science, Technology, and Society

for F1U 2008

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NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society


F1U 2008 LU


QuareQuio, Peter J.


Academic Director, Assistant Professor


Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Master of Arts in Biology
Life time administrative credential/ Los Angeles Unified School District

Office Location

Luke Air Force Base; Park University

Office Hours

6:00 AM to 11:50 PM  602-315-1556

Daytime Phone


Other Phone





Semester Dates

August 18, 2008  to October 12, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 1:10 PM

Credit Hours


Sagan, Carl.  The Demon-Haunted World. New York: Ballantine Publishing Group, 1997.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Diversity as America's Competitive Edge in Science, Engineering & Technology. (Must have free Adobe Acrobat reader to view this Report of the Congressional Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering & Technology Development.)


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 helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.

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:
Learning takes place in an interactive environment, not in a vacuum. Student and teacher must communicate effectively with each other to assure that the course material is being transmitted and received. Various exercises, using text and visual materials, will aid in this transaction. The instructor will use a variety of approaches to ensure that students who learn in different ways are engaged in learning. Photographs, charts, film clips, lectures, quizzes, essays, examinations, group discussions, oral presentations, group projects, internet links and web sites, etc. are used in this course.

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. Explain key core science and technology concepts.
  2. List essential elecments of science and a "scientific approach".
  3. Explain the strengths and limitations of the so-called "scientific method".
  4. Explain the importance of evidence vs. rhetoric in science.
  5. Explain how to improve information literacy (finding information, filtering information,
  6. evaluating information quality, and managing information overload.
  7. Define basic terms in man
  8. Explain society
  9. Describe how the use of science and technology by humans impacts their environment.
  10. Describe new environmental philosophies developed because of the use of new technology
  11. Describe ways in which humans have altered the environment, producing new ecosystems utilizing new science and technology.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
The student's final course grade will be based on class participation, graded classwork, and homework as assigned,  assigned papers, oral presentations, a midterm exam, and a final exam.

Your final grade will be determined using the following measurements:

Homework, classwork, and class participation....10%
Essay #1 and oral presentaion #1.....................10%
Midterm Exam...................................................20%
Essay #2 and oral presentaion #2......................10%
Research paper.................................................20%
Final Examination........................,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,.......30%

A = a score of 90% or higher on the work completed
B = a score of 80.0% to 89.9% on the work completed
C = a score of 70.0% to 79.9% on the work completed
D = a score of 60.0% to 69.9% on the work completed
Fail = a score of 0% to 59.9% on the work completed

Late Submission of Course Materials:
A late assignment will be accepted only within one week following the original due date, but the grade will be dropped by 10%. No assignments will be accepted more than one week late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to act appropriately and professionally at all times in the classroom. This includes being in class on time, having necessary materials at hand, turning assignments in at the beginning of class, and being ready to learn. Students are also expected to participate in class discussions and to be prepared to answer questions concerning their reading and homework assignments.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
August 23,   8 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. Introduction to basic concepts, distribution of syllabi, lecture on human population growth, demonstrations, discussions, introduction of Carl Sagan, assigned reading, and assignment of essay topics. Introduction of essential elements of science and a "scientific approach." Is there really such a thing as "the scienctific method"? Crucial importance of real world observations, experiments and testing. Reality as the "built-in error-correcting machinery" of science. Hard evidence, not rhetoric - "don't tell me, show me." Answering questions and questioning answers. Basic science vs. applied science vs. technology.

Multi-Cultural Dimensions of Science and Technology (S&T) --
introductory exploration. Cultural, gender and economic status-related differences in opportunities for participation in science education and careers, differential access to technology, and differential impacts of S&T. Contributions of minorities and women. Leveling the playing field -- equalizaing opportunities and impacts. Preventing the formation and/or perpetuation of a scientifically and culturally underprivileged underclass.

Information and Misinformation in the "Information Age." Effective approaches to finding, critically evaluating, and using information and data. Filtering and sorting information. Coping with information overlaod. Accessing and evaluating information online and electronically in the "electronic information age." 

August 30,  8 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. Quiz, lecture on 6 billion humans impacting the global environment, assignment of research paper topics, discussion of essay topics, demonstrations, film, discussion of last session's assigned reading, and assigned reading.

September 6,  8 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. Essay #1 due; quiz, lecture on the internal combustion engine, hybrid and fuel-efficient cars, the black-topping of the planet, and the effects and potential solutions to smog. ozone, depletion, and global warming,discussion of last session's assigned reading, and assigned reading.

September 13,  8 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. Quiz, review for midterm exam, lecture on the refirgerator, food production, pests and pesticides, chemicals, furthering genetic engineering in food and medicine production, discussion of last session's assigned reading, and assigned reading.

September 20,  8 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. MIDTERM EXAM (covers first four weeks); lecture on disposing of garbage and human waste, preventing and controlling diseases, maintaining a safe water supply, film, demonstrations,discussion of last session's assigned reading, and assigned reading.

September 27,  8 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. Essay #2 due; quiz, lecture on evaluating the effects of heating and cooling on the weather and atmosphere, controlling and using energy resources (solar, nuclear, coal, hydro, wind), film, discussion of last session's assigned reading, and assigned reading.

October 4,  8 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. Research paper due; quiz, lecture on developing technology in audio and video equipment (cell phones, internet, e-mail, dvds), electronic communication, review for final exam, student course evaluations,discussion of last session's assigned reading, and assigned reading.

October 11   8 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. Overview of the entire course; FINAL EXAM (covers entire course).

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 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 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 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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