NS304 Science, Technology, and Society

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NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society


F1LL 2012 LR


Marshall, Susanne




B.S. in Business/Management with a concentration in Marketing, M.S. in Environmental Management

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Semester Dates

August 20 - October 2, 2012

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5:00 - 10:00 PM

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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: 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:

“Understanding science is more than knowing facts.”

The teaching of Science 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.

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

  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:

Class Assessment:
Weekly written homework assignment (reflection questions), weekly attendance, the position paper (core assessment) and a proctored final exam.

Weekly Attendance, 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


The course grading scale is as follows:
A = 90-100
B = 80-89
C = 70-79
D = 60-69
F = 0-59

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Our course meets on Tuesday evenings. All assignments are due by Tuesday 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:

I have three simple rules in the classroom however; they are important ones. The most important rule is to have fun with this class. The second most important rule is to respect everyone’s viewpoints. We can disagree with each other, but we will not rebuke someone for having a different opinion. The third most important rule is to meet all the assignment deadlines. It is extremely important to be organized and to submit your assignments early or on time.

This course will present you with many opportunities as we cover many of the concepts that some of you have heard talked about on the news or in your office. There will be discussions on many different topics. We will relate our “real world” experiences to what we have read in our textbooks or have read online. Sharing and applying our experiences is an important way to learn from one another.

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

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 .


My name is Susanne Marshall. I was born and raised in Vermont and currently reside in Austin, Arkansas, just northeast of Little Rock. I completed my undergraduate studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Government with a concentration in Marketing. I returned to college, entering the Master of Science program in Environmental Management at Webster University, where I was awarded a Master’s Degree in December 2009. Over the past two decades I have worked as a product lifecycle manager in the telecommunications industry developing, launching, and managing numerous consumer products, particularly in the cable television, broadband internet, wireless telephone and satellite television sectors of the industry. I have had the opportunity to develop and manage a complete portfolio of strategic marketing functions, such as i-marketing, corporate training, advertising, sales, retail, e-commerce, affiliate marketing, web marketing, print/broadcast communications, retail, and direct mail. I have taken products from their conception to becoming leading revenue generators for such companies as Alltel, Windstream, and Charter Communications. I currently do consultant work for an environmental company that specializes in the planning, analysis, and management of the transportation, technology, and natural resources sectors. The telecommunications industry has provided the opportunity to reside in different parts of the United States and to experience a variety of market and cultural diversities. My husband Joe and I have always wanted to live in the country, and we moved to Arkansas in 2003, which gave us the opportunity to purchase a nice home and some land and enjoy a peaceful life with an affordable cost of living. We have two children, Xavier and JJ. During my spare time, I am an outdoor enthusiast often venturing out on kayaking, camping, runs with my Chocolate Lab, Cooper, biking, and hiking trips. As a stress reliever, I teach and attend yoga classes regularly. I am an enthusiastic learner and wish to instill in my future students a desire to become lifelong students. I am currently working on applying to the doctoral in environmental studies program at Antioch College New England.


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