Pamela E. Mack
| two tests (100 points each)
|Blackboard discussion board
The participation policy for this course is as follows: Students are expected to do all assignments by the deadlines assigned or make special arrangements with the professor in advance. You are responsible for the material in the assigned readings and the course web pages listed on the syllabus. If unexpected problems arise please contact the professor as soon as possible. Any student who has done fewer than half the assignments due two weeks after the class begins will be dropped from the course.
Blackboard discussion questions (bb) will be posted on the Blackboard learning system at least twice a week. This is a required assignment for the course, rather like the journals some other courses assign. The goal of the Blackboard discussion is to allow discussion of the reading and the projects. You can read comments left by others and add your own for everyone to read. You may respond to directly to the question asked or respond to another student. I will place a new discussion topic on the system every other day. To a limited extent you will be able to go back and comment on topics from previous days, but topics will be closed to further comments after two to four days.
Your participation in this system will be graded
from 1 to 10 on the basis both of quality and quantity.
Contributions to the internet discussion should be thoughtful
comments on the reading and/or the professor's notes
and/or the comments of other students, at least 250 words long
(I will not grade shorter ones). To get an 9 or 10 you
need to say something new and worthwhile about the question (not
just repeat what other students have said). Your
response should be organized and clearly written and should
bring new information to the discussion. Some of that new
information can be personal experience, but some should be from
outside sources, which must be cited. There will be 11 discussions and I will drop the
lowest grade. You will get only one grade per topic, but
if you write more than one post on a topic all your posts will
be taken into account in deciding your grade for the
topic. Posts after the deadline for that topic will
receive no credit.
Quizzes will be multiple choice tests
based on the reading. Quizzes are found by going into
Blackboard and clicking on assignments and then on
quizzes. Quizzes will be 10 questions each. I
want you to have plenty of time but I do want people to do
the reading before taking the quiz, so you have one hour to
do the quiz (which should take most people about 10
minutes). Your grade will be lowered if you go over one
hour. I will drop the lowest quiz grade.
Two tests will be due by the end of the day July 9 and 22. The final exam is due by midnight (the end of the day) on Aug. 5. Please note that I have given you the latest possible due date/time for the final so I will not be able to accept late exams. The tests will be made available on the Friday before they are due (the final will be available the morning of Aug. 1). Both the tests and the final exam will be essay tests and open books and notes will be permitted. On the tests you will write one essay of 600 to 1000 words from a choice of two questions, on the final you will write two different essays of the same length. See General instructions for online tests. The tests, the argument project, and the final exam will be handed in via Blackboard and screened by the Turnitin plagiarism detection system. (This system does keep a copy of your paper--if you have a problem with that please speak to the professor.)
can earn these credits in several different ways.
Each field experience is worth 20 points, so you should do
at least 5. These will be handed in on
Blackboard. You may do more than 5 but your grade
cannot exceed 100.
The argument project
will be an exploration of a controversial aspect of the
relationship between technology and society. No two
students can write on the same topic; please check the topics
already posted before deciding on yours. More
Research can be primarily on the web, but note
that some of the books and many of the journals in the Clemson
library are available electronically. For books go to http://libcat.clemson.edu/
and change "view entire catalog" to "electronic
resources." For electronic journals go to: http://hw4sm7zh5k.search.serialssolutions.com/
The higher grades will go to papers that exhibit
logical thinking, an analytical framework, specific evidence,
the ability to inform and communicate, sound organization, and a
concise and coherent argument. In this paper the premium will go
to those that make a persuasive argument. Late papers
(step 5) will be penalized five points for each calendar day
late. Very late papers will be penalized no lower than a
65 if the paper merits at least a 75.
The exams for this course are open book. You may
consult your book, your notes, or web pages. You may study
with other students before the exam is posted, but once the exam
is posted your work must be entirely your own--you may not
discuss the exam questions with any person except the professor
in any format (voice, chat, IM, etc.). You are on your
honor on this part; please do not abuse it or I will have to go
to timed tests.
The catalog states: "When, in the opinion of a course instructor, there is evidence that a student has committed an act of academic dishonesty, that person must make a formal written charge of academic dishonesty, including a description of the misconduct, to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies. The reporting person may, at his/her discretion, inform each involved student privately of the nature of the alleged charge. In cases of plagiarism instructors may use, as an option, the Plagiarism Resolution Form available from the Office of Undergraduate Studies."
This syllabus is a contract
between the professor and the students. The professor
reserves the right to make changes in special circumstances,
but will discuss any changes with the students.
I have tried to organize this schedule so you can see clearly what is expected of you each day and also the material I will make available to you.
The first summer I taught this course I made work
due by 5 pm each day, so that I would be available to deal with
technical difficulties. Because of many complaints from
students I will instead give you until midnight (except on
Fridays), but I will not be available to help with technical
difficulties in the late evening.
If the work shows up as posted by the end of the day, I will
count it. The deadline is set at 10 pm on Fridays because
Blackboard is often down for maintenance
Fridays from 10 pm to midnight.
Work that Blackboard shows as posted the day after it is due
will get no credit (unless the syllabus specifies a penalty for
lateness for that particular assignment). If you aren't
sure of what you are doing please post earlier in the day so
help will be available.
due (midnight except 10 pm on Fridays)
what is STS (audio)
||What is technology|
||Medieval Technology, Origins,||quiz 1 (intro-2), project|
||The Industrial Revolution, Human Results, Hobsbawm help (audio)||
||Agriculture||bb2, quiz 2 (chs. 3-5)||bb1
||Second Phase of Industrialization||bb3
||project step 1, bb2,
||Standard of Living||quiz 3 (6, 8)||bb3
||Hobsbawm 10 and
||The Land||test 1 (Hobsbawm)
general test instructions
|quiz 3, project step 2
||Test 1 due
||test 1 (Hobsbawm)
||Lienhard 1||The Spread of the Industrial Revolution, Manifest Destiny||bb4|
Lived Technologies, Forces
||quiz 4 (1-3)||bb 4|
||Genius, Core and Fringe||quiz 4
||High Rises, The City||bb5, quiz 5 (4-6)
||project step 3
the Road, Ford's innovation
||quiz 6 (7-9)||quiz 5
||Aviation||bb6||quiz 6, bb5
||science (audio), A Boy's Life, Invention||quiz 7 (10-12)||project step 4, field experiences|
||War, Fifties. After Modern||test 2, quiz 8 (13-15)
general test instructions
|bb6, quiz 7
||test 2 due
||quiz 8, test 2 (Lienhard)|
||Nye ch. 1-2
||Nye ch. 3-4
||quiz 9 (1-4)||bb7
||Nye ch. 5-6
||quiz 9, project step 5|
||Nye ch. 7-8
||Nye 7, Nye 8||bb9, quiz 10 (5-7)||bb8|
||Nye ch. 9
||bb9, quiz 10|
||Nye ch. 10
||Nye 10||bb11, quiz 11 (8-10)||project step 6, field experiences, bb10|
||Nye ch. 11
||Nye 11||bb 11, project step 7,
||Final exam posted
||Final exams due by
midnight Aug. 5. Late exams will not be accepted.