NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society
U1T 2011 DLB
Ott, Lee W.
PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Evenings 8pm to 10pm
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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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:
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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
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.
Orientations. Chapters 1 and 2
Process of Technological Change and Scientific Inquiry. Chapters 3, 4 and 5
Environmental and Medical Technologies. Chapters 6, 7 and 8
Technology and the Workforce. Chapters 9, 10 and 11
Technology and Communication. Chapters 12 and 13.
Weapons. Chapters 14 and 15
Control of Science and Technology. Chapters 16 and 17
Control, con’t. and Review. Chapter 18
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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 92-93Plagiarism 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.
Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
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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.
All Homework Assignments are worth 10 points each for a total of 80 points for the semester
Does Not Meet Expectations
All information correct
Most information correct
Little or no information correct
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
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
Paper is 9 to 10 pages in length
Paper is 7 to 8 pages in length
Paper is less than 7 pages in length
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
# of citations/para-graph averages 4 or more
# 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
Form and Style
Weak or missing introduction
Weak or missing conclusion
Confusing or weak organization
Awkward or missing transitions
1-3 Grammar errors; 1-3spelling errors
References in Footnotes and Bibliography
Correctly credits references
References generally correct, few errors.
Incorrectly credits references or credits missing
Bibliography: My name is Lee W. Ott, and I am a working professional in the science industry. I earned my PhD at Indiana University in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology. I also have a master’s of science degree in biology from Wright State University and a bachelor’s of arts from Wittenberg University. My expertise lies in biology and more specifically using instrumentation to measure protein levels within biological systems. I have a real passion for biology and look forward to sharing my knowledge in the classroom.
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife and 2 year old son in southeastern Michigan. If I have any free-time to spare, I enjoy going for a run, bike ride, or a swim. Every once in a while I have the opportunity to test my skills in a triathlon. I am not that fast, but enjoy being outside and competing.
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