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NS 241 Philosophy & History of Science
Ayers, Gary W.


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 241 Philosophy & History of Science

Semester

S1H 2013 BU

Faculty

Ayers, Gary W.

Title

Adjunct faculty

Degrees/Certificates

DDS Med. Coll.of Va.
BS Zoology Duke Univ.
Licensed to practice dentistry

Office Location

MCAS Beaufort

Office Hours

30 minutes prior to or after class time

E-Mail

gary.ayers@park.edu

gwayers@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

14 January - 10 March, 2013

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Bragg, Melvin.  On Giant's Shoulders:  Great Scientists ad Their Discoveries from Archimedes to DNA, 1999.  John Wiley and Sons, Inc.  ISBN 0471357324 (Hardback)  IBSN 04713968342 (Soft Cover)




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Course Description:
NS 241 Philosophy and History of Science: A history of science is presented in terms of the multi-cultural aspects of our scientific heritage. Focus is upon the nature of scientific inquiry and the social factors affecting the participation of diverse groups of individuals in the advancement of science. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is based on a combination of Socratic lecture/discussion ad direct application of scientific principles through re-creation and modeling of historic scientific discovery.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the nature of scientific inquiry and the scientific method;
  2. Demonstrate scientific experimentation as a problem-solving method via directed laboratory experiences;
  3. Discuss the multicultural nature of both historic and present day scientific endeavors (gained via readings and course projects);
  4. Demonstrate the use of Science Literacy, Critical Literacy, and Values Literacy via written and oral presentations.


Core Assessment:

CORE ASSESSMENT ASIGNMENT: Op-Ed Poster Display (or Editorial Page

Written Essay)

ASSIGNMENT ISSUES: Opinion-Editorial (Op-Ed) Poster Display (or Editorial Page

Written Essay)

o To discuss, in an opinion-editorial format, an historical &/or current controversial scientific issue chosen from the course;

o To identify and elaborate both sides of an historical &/or current controversial scientific issue;

o To relate the cultural and/or historical aspects of the chosen topic to current social norms;

o To include, at a minimum, 5 references formatted in the Harvard Method (name, date).

o To include, at a minimum, 2 references from personal interviews of scientists, experts, and/or individuals having a connection to the topic.

o To be formatted in the style of a newspaper Op-Ed Page with: a) two major sections being the Pro (in favor) essay and a Con (against) essay; b) side-bar articles/essays on related topics taken from or enhancing concepts found within the main essays; c) a summary/conclusion essay. This is to be on a poster display suitable for public viewing.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Students are required to read all assigned materials prior to class and participate in class discussion and exercises.  Two exams, pop quizzes, a poster/op-ed project, and participation in class assignments will form the basis for grading.

Grading:

The final course grade will be determined as follows:
 
Pop quizzes (3) at 100 points each       300 Points
Mid-Term Exam                                   200 Points
Poster/Op-Ed Project                            200 Points 
Final Exam                                           300 Points
 
Total                                                   1,000 Points
 
The Mid-Term Examination will cover all material assigned and presented prior to the examination.  The Final Examination will cover all material presented throughout the course.  Pop quizzes will be given at random and will cover material discussed or assigned up to that date.  The Poster/Op-Ed project is a core assessment and will follow the format shown above.  A grading rubric will be provided for this project.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Any material submitted late will be subject to a 10 percent reduction in point value unless permission is obtained for late submission prior to the due date.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time.  Classes missed for legitimate reasons (illness, TAD, etc.) are excusable, however, the student will have to make up the work missed through an appropriate assignment (essay or research paper).  Two un-excused absences are considered excessive.  Students are expected to participate in class discussion and projects.  While cell phones and recording devices are permitted, it is expected that these devices will NOT interfere with class activities.  Cell phones should be placed on silent or vibrate and kept off of classroom surfaces so as not to disrupt the educational process.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week One - On Giant's Shoulders - Introduction, Chapter 1 - Archimedes and the Greeks
Week Two - On Giant's Shoulders - Chapters 2 and 3 - Galileo and Newton
Week Three - On Giant's Shoulders - Chapters 4 and 5 - Laviosier and Faraday
Week Four - On Giant's Shoulders - Chapter 6  - Darwin - Mid-Term Exam
Week Five - On  Giant's Shoulders - Chapter 7 and 8 - Poincare and Freud
Week Six - On Giant's Shoulders - Chapters 9 and 10 - Curie and Einstein
Week Seven - On Giant's Shoulders - Chapters 11 and 12 - Watson and Crick
Week Eight - Final Exam and Poster/Op-Ed Presentation

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:
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

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 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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
In the Conclusion essay, identify and discuss 4 (or more if others are apparent) of the following assignment issues.
-briefly summarize both sides of the argument
-critically evaluate the resources used
-evaluate the validity of the science
-Discuss the cultural connections within the controversy 
In the Conclusion essay, identify and discuss a min. of 3 of the following assignment issues.
-briefly summarize both sides of the argument
-critically evaluate the resources used
-evaluate the validity of the science
-Discuss the cultural connections within the controversy 
In the Conclusion essay, identify and discuss 1-2 of the following assignment issues.
-briefly summarize both sides of the argument
-critically evaluate the resources used
-evaluate the validity of the science
-Discuss the cultural connections within the controversy 
No assignment issues identified or discussed. 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
6 or more sources referenced 5 sources referenced (min. 3 books &/or journals; 2 internet) 1-4 sources referenced No sources referenced. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Identify and discuss 6 or more assignment issues, including but not limited to:
-Identify the issue
-Identify the controversial nature of the issue
-Explain the pros & cons of the issue
-Compare/contrast the historical & current natures of the issue
-Relate the scientific relevance of the issue 
Identify and discuss 3-5 assignment issues, including but not limited to:
-Identify the issue
-Identify the controversial nature of the issue
-Explain the pros & cons of the issue
-Compare/contrast the historical & current natures of the issue
-Relate the scientific relevance of the issue 
Identify and discuss 1-2 assignment issues, including but not limited to:
-Identify the issue
-Identify the controversial nature of the issue
-Explain the pros & cons of the issue
-Compare/contrast the historical & current natures of the issue
-Relate the scientific relevance of the issue 
No assignment issues identified or discussed. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Effectively incorporates 6 or more sources to support thesis. Effectively incorporates 3-5 sources to support thesis. Effectively incorporates 3-5 sources to support thesis. Effectively incorporates 3-5 sources to support thesis. 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
No terminology/factual errors noted. 1-3 terminology/factual errors. 4-5 terminology/factual errors. 6 or more terminology/factual errors. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
1,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
No errors in writing conventions.
-Harvard Method of citation, -references,
-written in third person,
-past tense,
-correct spelling, and grammar 
1 to 3 errors in writing conventions.
-Harvard Method of citation,
-references,
-written in third person,
-past tense,
-correct spelling, and grammar 
4-6 errors in writing conventions.
-Harvard Method of citation,
-references,
-written in third person,
-past tense,
-correct spelling, and grammar. 
7 or more errors in writing conventions.
-Harvard Method of citation,
-references,
-written in third person,
-past tense,
-correct spelling, and grammar. 
Values Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Outcomes
3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Demonstrates mastery of 3 or more of the following components of the Values literacy:
-Understanding of the importance of value concerns in human life, and the ability to distinguish them from factual matters;
-Recognition of the major ways proposed for resolving value questions, and the ability to evaluate them and use them where appropriate;
-Appreciation of the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with the cultures in which they are found, yet openness to the possibility that there may be common goals and principles that can serve as the basis for intercultural judgments;
-Acquisition of tools for analyzing value questions, and acquisition of a set of personal values that are continually held up for review even as one tries to live by them. 
Demonstrates mastery of 2 of the following components of the Values literacy:
-Understanding of the importance of value concerns in human life, and the ability to distinguish them from factual matters;
-Recognition of the major ways proposed for resolving value questions, and the ability to evaluate them and use them where appropriate;
-Appreciation of the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with the cultures in which they are found, yet openness to the possibility that there may be common goals and principles that can serve as the basis for intercultural judgments;
-Acquisition of tools for analyzing value questions, and acquisition of a set of personal values that are continually held up for review even as one tries to live by them. 
Demonstrates mastery of one of the following components of the Values literacy:
§9 Understanding of the importance of value concerns in human life, and the ability to distinguish them from factual matters;
§10 Recognition of the major ways proposed for resolving value questions, and the ability to evaluate them and use them where appropriate;
§11 Appreciation of the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with the cultures in which they are found, yet openness to the possibility that there may be common goals and principles that can serve as the basis for intercultural judgments;
§12 Acquisition of tools for analyzing value questions, and acquisition of a set of personal values that are continually held up for review even as one tries to live by them.
 
No evidence of mastery of the components of the Values literacy. 
Science Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
1,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Demonstrates mastery of 3 or more of the following components of the Science literacy:
-Understanding of the nature and role of scientific evidence in the pursuit of knowledge;
-Recognition of the importance of the scientific method of argument and modeling process;
-Appreciation of the origins of scientific inquiry and method and seeing their continuing presence in the mutual interaction between human society and its physical environment;
-Acquisition of tools for successful involvement in scientific pursuits of the scientific community.
 
Demonstrates mastery of 2 of the following components of the Science literacy:
-Understanding of the nature and role of scientific evidence in the pursuit of knowledge;
-Recognition of the importance of the scientific method of argument and modeling process;
-Appreciation of the origins of scientific inquiry and method and seeing their continuing presence in the mutual interaction between human society and its physical environment;
-Acquisition of tools for successful involvement in scientific pursuits of the scientific community.
 
Demonstrates mastery of one of the following components of the Science literacy:
-Understanding of the nature and role of scientific evidence in the pursuit of knowledge;
-Recognition of the importance of the scientific method of argument and modeling process;
-Appreciation of the origins of scientific inquiry and method and seeing their continuing presence in the mutual interaction between human society and its physical environment;
-Acquisition of tools for successful involvement in scientific pursuits of the scientific community. 
No evidence of mastery of the components of the Science literacy. 

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