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NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society
Michael, Richard


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

S2T 2011 DLA

Faculty

Michael, Richard

Title

Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

B.S. Mechanical Engineering
M.S. Environmental Health Engineering
Registered Professional Engineer, Diplomate American Academy of Environmental Engineers (DEE - Board Certified Environmental Engineer)

Daytime Phone

(To avoid posting on the Internet, the instructor's telephone contact information will be provided directly to enrolled students.)

E-Mail

richard.michael@park.edu

Semester Dates

3/14/2011 to 5/08/2011

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Society and Technological Change, 6th edition, by Rudi Volti, Published by Worth Publishers, New York, 2010.  ISBN-13:   978-1-4292-2121-4.

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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

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:
Weekly written homework assignment (reflection questions), weekly discussion topics, the position paper (core assessment) and a proctored final exam.

Grading:
Weekly Discussion Topics, 10 pts. each, 80 points total
Weekly Written Homework Assignments, 10 pts. each, 80 points total
Position Paper, 80 points
Proctored Final Exam, 80 points

Total Possible Points, 320

A
320 - 287
B
286.9 - 256
C
255.9 - 223
D
222.9 - 192
F
Below 191.9


Late Submission of Course Materials:
Our course week runs from Monday to Sunday Assignments are generally due Sunday night at midnight.  Only serious circumstances will be considered for late assignments and only on a case by case basis.  The decision is that of the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Online Etiquette: All online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. See http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html or Help and Resources for more information.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week

Topic

Week 1

Orientations.  Chapters 1 and 2

Week 2

Process of Technological Change and Scientific Inquiry.  Chapters 3, 4 and 5

Week 3

Environmental and Medical Technologies.  Chapters 6, 7 and 8

Week 4

Technology and the Workforce.  Chapters 9, 10 and 11

Week 5

Technology and Communication. Chapters 12 and 13.

Week 6

Weapons.  Chapters 14 and 15

Week 7

Control of Science and Technology.  Chapters 16 and 17

Week 8

Control, con’t. and Review.  Chapter 18

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
Plagiarism has become a very serious issue in recent years.  Several “paper mills” and other essay writing services are prolific on the internet.  In addition, there are many incidences of unintentional plagiarism, or lack of proper citation.  To check for this within your paper, please scan all written homework through a free plagiarism checking program.  www.scanmyessay.com and www.plagiarismchecker.com are two I have found useful and user friendly.

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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 .

Additional Information:


Discussions

Post your first response by midnight Wednesday. Post your comment to another student's response by midnight Sunday.


Online discussions will be graded according to the following rubric. Note that additional points will be subtracted for late submission or failure to complete peer replies.  All discussions are worth 10 points per week making total of 80 points for the semester.




   
       
           
           
       
       
           
           
       
       
           
           
       
       
           
           
       
   

           

9 - 10 pts


           

           

Discussion is clear, relevant and insightful. Interactions go beyond a basic response to the question to provide a critical examination of the issue and/or stimulate critical thinking. Posts show a strong mastery of the content and promote ongoing dialogue.


           

           

7 – 8 pts


           

           

Discussion is clear and relevant. Interactions convey the basic information and show strong content knowledge. Postings would benefit from incorporation of critical analysis and insight; need to expand on the reasoning and logic.


           

           

4 – 6 pts


           

           

Discussion addressed the main points but lacks explanation or elaboration. Interactions provide minimal information; need to include justification, support and additional content. Writing needs significant improvement to adhere to professional guidelines.


           

           

0 - 3 pts


           

           

Discussion is vague, irrelevant or off-topic. Interactions are missing or fail to encourage continued dialogue.


           






Homework Rubric

All Homework Assignments are worth 10 points each for a total of 80 points for the semester




   
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
            
           
       
   

           

 


           

           

Exceeds Expectations


           

           

Meets Expectations


           

           

Does Not Meet Expectations


           

           

Score


           

           

Points Earned


           

           

2


           

           

1


           

           

0


           

           

 


           

           

Factual Information


           

           

All information correct


           

           

Most information correct


           

           

Little or no information correct


           

           

 


           

           

Length


           

           

Response is 2-3 paragraphs in length


           

           

Paper is 1-2 paragraphs in length


           

           

Paper is less than 1 paragraph in length


           

           

 


           

           

Number and Variety of Sources


           

           

Total number of sources equals more than 3. Excellent variety of sources; excellent use of relevant materials


           

           

Adequate number of sources(1-2); adequate use of relevant materials


           

           

No sources cited; inadequate use of relevant materials


           

           

 


           

           

Discussion/Detail


           

           

Excellent discussion/detail.  Impressive depth of insight/analysis


           

           

Adequate discussion/detail.  Adequate depth of insight/analysis


           

           

Vague/shallow discussion/detail. Unexceptional insight/analysis


           

           

 


           

           

Spelling and Grammar


           

           

No grammar errors; no spelling mistakes 


           

           

1-3 Grammar errors; 1-3 spelling errors


           

           

4 or more grammar errors; 4 or more spelling mistakes


           

           

 


           

           

 


           

           

 


           

           

 


           

           

TOTAL SCORE

            


           

           

10 


           

           

 


           

           

 


           

           

 


           

           

 


           

           


           

           



Position Paper Rubric: 80 points total


   
       
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
       
   

           

 


           

           

Exceeds Expectations


           

           

Meets Expectations


           

           

Does Not Meet Expectations


           

           

Points Earned


           

           

8


           

           

5-7


           

           

0-4


           

           

Factual Information


           

           

All information correct


           

           

Most information correct


           

           

Little or no information correct


           

           

Paper Length


           

           

Paper is 9 to 10 pages in length


           

           

Paper is 7 to 8 pages in length


           

           

Paper is less than 7 pages in length


           

           

Number and Variety of Sources


           

           

Total number of sources averages more than 2 per page. Excellent variety of sources; excellent use of relevant materials


           

           

Adequate number of sources(1.75 – 1.99/page); adequate use of relevant materials


           

           

Inadequate number of sources(less than 1.74/ page); inadequate use of relevant materials


           

           

Discussion/Detail


           

           

Excellent discussion/detail.

           # of citations/para-graph averages 4 or more


           

           

Adequate discussion/detail.

           # of citations/para-graph averages2-3.99


           

           

Vague/shallow discussion/detail. # of citations/para-graph averages 0-1.99


           

           

Depth of Insight/Analysis


           

           

Impressive depth of insight/analysis


           

           

Adequate depth of insight/analysis


           

           

Unexceptional insight/analysis


           

           

Form and Style


           

           

Effective introduction


           

           

Adequate introduction


           

           

Weak or missing introduction


           

           

Conclusion


           

           

Effective conclusion


           

           

Adequate conclusion


           

           

Weak or missing conclusion


           

           

Organization


           

           

Clear organization


           

           

Adequate organization


           

           

Confusing or weak organization


           

           

Transitions


           

           

Smooth transitions


           

           

Adequate transitions


           

           

Awkward or missing transitions


           

           

Spelling and Grammar


           

           

No grammar errors; no spelling mistakes 


           

           

1-3 Grammar errors; 1-3spelling errors


           

           

4 or more grammar errors; 4 or more spelling mistakes


           

           

References in Footnotes and Bibliography


           

           

 Correctly credits references


           

           

References generally correct, few errors.


           

           

Incorrectly credits references or credits missing


           



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