NS 241 Cultl & Histl Aspects of theScientific Endeavor
UJU 2009 HO
Williams, Donald L.
Associate Professor of Biology
Ed. D. in Science (Biology), Ball State Univ., Muncie, IN, Sum. '98MS in Biology, Western State College, Gunnison, CO, Sum. '78BA in Biology, Kansas Wesleyan Univ., Salina, KS, May '70
M-R, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
June 1-26, 2009
8:00 - 10:15 AM
Textbook: (All of these books are available via Amazon.com under the books section at very low costs plus shipping.)
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In this class, the instructor will attempt to create an interactive learning environment utilizing lectures, class discussions, homework, exams, quizzes, various technologies, minimal laboratory activities, and guest speakers (when appropriate and available). Each student is expected to participate within the structure of the course via discussion and debate of his/her views and personal beliefs (see Class Participation Guidelines). Critical thinking and skepticism are the cornerstones of science and the foundations to uncovering the truth about the natural world. Course topics will be presented and discussed with these foundations in mind. It is the belief of this instructor that everyone can understand and utilize scientific principles, and that science can be fun; therefore, this course will be taught from these premises.
This instructor has an “open door” policy towards students. Please feel free to come in or call if you have any questions concerning course items or college life in general.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
CORE ASSESSMENT ASIGNMENT:
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: Text assignments, lectures, and lab topics will follow the syllabus schedule as much as possible. (This instructor reserves the right to change or alter the schedule if necessary.) The following items will be used during the teaching of this course to assess student learning. Each item will be given a point value and the student’s grade will be determined via a percentage completion of that value.
The following areas will be used in determining the student’s over-all grade for this course.
calculated as a % of the total possible points assigned.
(core assessment assignment)
Total 1000 pts.
* See quidelines below.
A = 90.0% and higher
B = 80.0%
C = 70.0%
D = 60.0%
F = less than 60.0%
Exams: Exams will consist of multiple choice, matching, short answer, and essay questions.
Quizzes: Lecture quizzes will not be announced; questions will be multiple choice or one-word answer and will test on material from the previous few classes and text readings for the current class.
Assignments: Unless the instructor explicitly states otherwise, allpapers, lab write-ups, and any other out-of-class assignments must be typed (double-spaced, 12 point, left justified, in plain text) and stapled in the upper left corner.
Make-ups: Emergencies involving missed exams and assignments will be handled on a case-by-case basis (see attendance policies, above).
Extra credit: There will be no extra credit for this course. Please do not ask for any.
25 pts., max. x 4 = 100 pts.
a) two major sections being the Pro (in favor) essay and a Con (against) essay;
b) side-bar articles/essays on related topics taken from or enhancing concepts found within the main essays;
c) a summary/conclusion essay.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments are due by the end of the class period on their due date. Late assignments will not be accepted and will receive a grade of zero. An absence from the session at which an assignment is due does not exempt one from the assignment due date; it is the student’s responsibility to get assignments to the professor on or before the due date, especially in the case of excused absences as mentioned, above. Emergency situations that can be documented will be handled on a case by case basis with the instructor.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: The classroom is a place for learning and intellectual development for all in attendance; therefore,
TOPICS & ACTIVITIES
Wk. # 1
Intro., syllabus, overview of course
“The Black Box” lab activity
ü Lab answer sheets
Critical Thinking and Assessment Lecture;
1st Critical Analysis Assignment
The World of Science and
The Nature of Science Lecture
The Scientific Method Lecture; Estimation, Measurement, etc.
M & M lab activity
Milestones in Science Lecture
ü Haber reading cards due (14)
“The Best Mind Since Einstein” or Who is Richard Feynman? Video & discussion
ü Video discussion questions page
Wk. # 2
The Day After Trinity, video & discussion
ü 1st Critical Analysis Paper due
The Manhattan Project; Who does science? Has science made the world a better place?
Minorities in science, etc. Lecture
Work on Individual Presentations
The Story of DNA video & discussion
Minorities in science, etc. Lecture cont’d. (if necessary)
Exam #1 Review
ü Jeopardy cards due
ü Watson reading cards due (29)
Wk. # 3
Exam #1; 2nd Critical Analysis Paper assignment discussed
ü Exam #1
Women in Science Lecture
Women in Science Lecture cont’d. (if necessary)
Lise Meitner video & discussion
ü Presenter’s outline
ü Perrone reading cards due (19)
Hispanic Scientists Lecture
Wk. # 4
Asian Scientists & Innovators Lecture
ü 2nd Critical Analysis Paper due
Other Minority Contributions Lecture
Mayan & North American Indian Contributions to Science Lecture
Ethics & Science Lecture
Poster Presentations & Discussions;
Review for Exam #2
ü Weatherford reading cards due (14)
ü Exam #2
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: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.
Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90It is the opinion of this instructor that class performance directly relates to class attendance. Regular attendance is imperative. The attendance policy as printed, above, will be followed as a minimum requirement. Attendance will be taken each class session; unexcused and/or excessive absences (more than 5) will result in a lowered course grade of at least one letter grade. For excused absences due to illness, emergencies, scheduled field trips, university sanctioned sports trips, etc. it is the student's responsibility to communicate such with the instructor well in advance of the absence for assignment makeup, etc. Due to the truncated nature of the summer schedule, missing even a day of class constitutes a substantial portion of the course. Do all that you can to BE IN ATTENDANCE AT ALL CLASS SESSIONS.
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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