NS 241 Philosophy & History of Science
FA 2011 HO
Williams, Donald L.
Associate Professor of Biology
BA, Kansas Wesleyan University, Biology and Secondary EducationMA, Western State College, BiologyEd. D., Ball State University, Science (Biology)
Home Campus, SC114b
M-W, 3-4 pm; T-R, 9-11 am & 1-2 pm
August 15–December 9, 2011
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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, all papers, 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).
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,
PHILOSOPHY & HISTORY OF SCIENCE
TOPICS & ACTIVITIES
Intro., syllabus, overview of course
Begin reading Bragg
“The Black Box” lab activity
Lab answer sheets
Critical Thinking and Assessment Lecture;
1st Critical Analysis Essay Assignment
The World of Science and
The Nature of Science Lecture
The Scientific Method Lecture; Estimation, Measurement, etc.
M & M lab activity
M & M Lab answer sheets
Labor Day Vacation-no class
Milestones in Science Lecture
Bragg reading cards due (13 including intro.)
Begin reading Watson
“The Best Mind Since Einstein” or Who is Richard Feynman?
Video & discussion
Video discussion questions page
The Day After Trinity, video & discussion
The Manhattan Project; Who does science? Has science made the world a better place?
1st Critical Analysis Paper due today.
The Manhattan Project; Who does science? Has science made the world a better place? (finish from Monday)
The Story of DNA video & discussion
Video discussion questions page;
Watson reading cards due (30, includes epilogue);
Begin reading Haber.
Photo 51 video & discussion
Central Dogma of DNA, RNA, & Protein Synthesis Lec. Notes;
Jeopardy cards due
Exam #1 Review
Haber reading cards due (13)
Begin reading Perrone.
Fall Break (Oct. 8-16)
2nd Critical Analysis Paper assignment
& Group Presentation discussed
Women in Science Lecture
Lise Meitner video & discussion
Minorities in Science;
Poster Assignment discussed
Perrone reading cards due (19); Begin reading Weatherford
Black, Hispanic, Native American, & Asian Scientists & Innovators Lecture
“Lost City of the Incas”
video and discussion
Group Presentations (3)
Ethics & Science Lecture
Ethics & Science Lecture (cont’d); Community Resource Assignment
& the Liberal Arts;
Community Resource Assignment
2nd Critical Analysis Paper due today.
Poster Presentations & Discussions
Review for Exam #2;
Community Resource Assignment presentations
Weatherford reading cards due (14)
This schedule is a work in progress. The professor retains the right to adjust the above in any way he deems necessary throughout the course. Text reading assignment dates and exam dates are firm. No makeup will be allowed for reading cards not turned in on dates assigned.
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
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96It 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 .
Last Updated:8/2/2011 4:02:00 PM