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NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society
Morell, Louise


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society

Semester

S1T 2010 DLB

Faculty

Morell, Louise

Title

Adjunct Faculty, Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

B.B.A.
M.A. Ecology, Botany, Science Communications
Various other professional advanced degrees and certiciates in natural science and health

Office Location

Online or telephone

Office Hours

As requested, generally available

Daytime Phone

512 267 6190

E-Mail

Louise.Morell@Park.edu

morell@flash.net

Semester Dates

SP I – 2010 Term Dates are:  01/11/10  to 03/07/10 per Park Calendar

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
TEXTBOOK  Required:   The Demon Haunted World -- Science as a Candle in the Dark  by Dr. Carl Sagan.  Published by Ballantine Books, New York, 1996.  ISBN: 0-345-40946-9.

Dr. Sagan's book is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology.  Jargon is avoided, and no scientific background or prior scientific education is required for readers of this book.

The Demon Haunted World is available in many libraries as well as larger bookstores.  The soft cover edition is priced at about $14.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Science for All Americans Online from the American Association for the Advancement of Science available in its entirety online at:

http://www.project2061.org/publications/sfaa/online/sfaatoc.htm

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.
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FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.


Course Description:
NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society (MLL) 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:
"Tell me and I forget; teach me and I may remember; involve me and I learn."

-Attributed to Benjamin Franklin.  Also credited in a slightly different form as a Chinese proverb.

Science as Inquiry

Science teaching should emphasize understanding of concepts and the process of scientific inquiry.  Student conceptual understanding is best attained by applying the concepts and the process of inquiry to real world concerns and issues relating to science and technology that directly impact, interest or concern students.

“Understanding science is more than knowing facts.”

Quoted from How Students Learn Science in Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning published by the National Academy of Sciences.  Available online in its entirety at:

http://books.nap.edu/html/inquiry_addendum/


“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of facts.”

Dr. Carl Sagan – noted astronomer and author of the NS 304 textbook.

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.


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Grading is as per the Grading heading below.

The midterm exam, course issue position paper, and proctored final exam are the major graded individual items.  In addition, homework assignments and online class participation and discussion also cumulatively account for 25% of the course grade.

In online assignments and discussion, research, analysis, study, discussion and debate of specific issues and cases relating to STS are emphasized. 

Concepts are also developed through the text, online reference resources (provided by the instructor or discovered and shared by the participants), online discussion, online presentation and discussion of the position/ problem solution papers required for the course, etc. 

Participants are strongly encouraged to select or volunteer STS related issues and topics for online analysis and discussion.  Because the impacts of science and technology are so widespread and powerful, this gives participants substantial latitude for selecting and analyzing issues that are genuinely meaningful and personally relevant.

Because NS 304 emphasizes conceptual understanding and independent critical thinking, rote memorization of facts is kept to an absolute minimum. Furthermore, participants are encouraged to constructively disagree with the instructor, and with their NS 304 colleagues,  regarding S&T related issues that are examined and analyzed.

As long as participants first seek out, examine, and weigh evidence and arguments for conflicting positions on STS related issues, they are free to reach any position that their independent analysis and personal value system leads them to.  Even if it disagrees with the instructor's position.  (For example, participants are quite likely to arrive at conflicting positions on the desirability of embryonic stem cell research or human cloning, whether global warming is a real and very serious problem, etc.)  Constructive disagreement in an atmosphere of mutual respect -- "disagreeing without being disagreeable" -- is encouraged.  As textbook author Dr. Carl Sagan puts it, "Valid criticism does you a favor."

Grading:

Course Grading (in %'s):
Take-home Midterm examination 15%
Proctored* Final  examination 30%
Class online participation & assignments** 20%
Position paper 35%
100%

The grading scale is as follows:
A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = 0 -59.

**Important Note:     Because of the issue oriented, active learning approach of this course, every participant must actively and regularly participate in the online discussion and classroom.  This will maximize the benefit (and grade) to the individual student and the entire online class.

* Park Proctored Final Exam Requirement

Final examination - An examination will be taken in person during the 8th week of instruction at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by your Instructor where Park University sites are not available.

It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who will be accepted and approved by the instructor.  

Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found at the Park University Website.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to me for approval.  Failure to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic "F" grade.

Proctored final examination - A computerized examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th (or 16th) week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.
 
Other Information on proctored exams:

• It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.  
• Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.  
• A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.  
• Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.  
• Some Graduate Online courses may not require a proctored Final Examination

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Our course week runs from Monday to Sunday.  Assignments are due at Sunday midnight.  (Technically, the course runs on U.S. Mountain time, but you are welcome to submit your assignments by Sunday midnight according to your local time.)

It is very difficult to catch up when you fall behind in an accelerated online course. And our online interaction works best when we are all on the "same page".

However, I do recognize that many of you are actively serving in the U.S. military and may be assigned to TDY, be serving under hardship circumstances, or may have nonmilitary professional obligations, family emergencies, or the like that occasionally force you to delay your participation.

If you ever have circumstances which may delay your submission of work, or your online participation, please notify me via email as soon as possible, and, if your circumstances warrant, I will try to work with you.  

IMPORTANT: Anytime you want to receive direct instructor feedback on anything that you post to our course conference area, please also submit a copy to the Dropbox for that week.  If there is no specific Dropbox that applies to your posting, please send a copy of your posting to your instructor via email.  When doing this, please include the following in the subject line for the email:  "NS 304 Feedback?"  

This includes any assignments that you are asked to post to the conference area, any questions that you post, or anything that you post for which you would like direct individual feedback.

Additional information on NS 304 course policies will be communicated in the course Welcome Message which will be emailed to everyone, and/ or posted in the online course.

Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy.  If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Online Course Policies

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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 "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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Much more information will be provided on weekly assignments and activities within the online classroom. Students will have access to the online classroom after they enroll.

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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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