NS304 Science, Technology, and Society

for F2T 2012

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NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society


F2T 2012 DLA


Morell, Louise


Adjunct Faculty, Senior Instructor


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

Office Location

Online, telephone

Office Hours

Generally available;  prefer 9-5 cst

Daytime Phone

512 267 6190




Semester Dates

10/22/2012  to 12/16/2012  per Park Calendar

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


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:
  This course is based on text readings, internet research and applied interactions amongst students.  A wide variety of learning skills are encouraged.  Depth and competence come from the expanded resources and exchange of world views about ecology and environmental science.  Through a broad and yet personal exploration of the world around them, students will achieve skills they need for their futures.

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.

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

320 - 287
286.9 - 256
255.9 - 223
222.9 - 192
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 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 95-96

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 95
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: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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:


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



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






Points Earned















Factual Information



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




































Position Paper Rubric: 80 points total






Exceeds Expectations



Meets Expectations



Does Not Meet Expectations



Points Earned












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






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






Effective conclusion



Adequate conclusion



Weak or missing conclusion






Clear organization



Adequate organization



Confusing or weak organization






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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