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NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society
Miller, Christopher O.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society

Semester

U1J 2012 DN

Faculty

Miller, Christopher O.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Physics/B.S.
Astronomy/M.S.

Office Hours

Thursdays 5:00-5:30pm

E-Mail

Christopher.Miller08@park.edu

Semester Dates

Monday 4 June - Sunday 29 July 2012

Class Days

----R--

Class Time

5:30 - 10:00 PM

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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Additional Resources:

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:
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:
A learner has three assets they should make use of to succeed: their textbook, their instructor, their peers.  Their textbook (and other resources, e.g. internet) will be ready when they are and give them as much time as they require.  Their instructor will adapt to their needs and guide their efforts so they are focused efficiently.  Their peers, especially at the university level, are potentially their greatest asset.  Discussing concepts with peers forces one to refine their reasoning.  Whenever a student requests or receives help from a peer, both benefit.

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, 25% of total grade
Weekly Written Homework Assignments, 25% of total grade
Position Paper, 25% of total grade
Proctored Final Exam, 25% of total grade
A 90 - 100%
B 80 - 90%
C 70 - 80%
D 60 - 70%
F Below 60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
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:
Etiquette: All communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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:

Your in-class discussions will be graded according to the following rubric. Note that you will receive a zero grade for any day you are absent.



   
       
           
           
       
       
           
           
       
       
           
           
       
       
           
           
       
   
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




   
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
   


           
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 SCOREERE

           

            

           
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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