History 1220-001
History, Technology, and Society
Summer II 2014

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Instructor: Dr. Pamela E. Mack

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10 quizzes
100 points
two tests (100 points each)
field experience assignments
argument project
Blackboard discussion board
final exam

Your total number of points will be divided by 900 points possible to give a numerical grade out of 100.  That will be converted to final letter grades by the system 90-100=A, 80-89=B, 70-79=C, 60-69=D, below 60=F.  

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 way the discussion board is set up, you will see other people's posts only after you write yours.  If you look at other posts and want to comment on theirs or add to yours, just write a reply (to them or to yourself).  I will consider all post you make under a topic in assigning you a grade. I will place a new discussion topic on the system approximately every other day and you get credit only if you do them before the deadline.

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 8 and 21.  The final exam is due by midnight (the end of the day) on Aug. 4.  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 July 31).  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.)   

Field experiences:   You 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 details.

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/

Project steps:

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.

Academic Integrity:  As members of the Clemson University community, we have inherited Thomas Green Clemson's vision of this institution as a "high seminary of learning."  Fundamental to this vision is a mutual commitment to truthfulness, honor, and responsibility, without which we cannot earn the trust and respect of others.  Furthermore, we recognize that academic dishonesty detracts from the value of a Clemson degree.  Therefore, we shall not tolerate lying, cheating, or stealing in any form.

This includes representing someone else's work as your own or handing in the same paper to two different courses without permission of the instructors.  Be careful to avoid plagiarism--text you take from a web site, from a book, or from the online class notes must be either quoted with the source given or restated almost entirely in your own words, with the source given.

It is cheating to cut and paste or otherwise copy portions of a argument paper, exam, or discussion board posting from a book, web site, or from the online class notes, even if you change a few words, unless you quote and give the source.  It is poor writing for more than about 20% of your paper to consist of quotes.  In most cases when you use specific material from any source you should paraphrase: cite the source and put the ideas into you own words (generally no more than 5 consecutive words should match the source but if the words are mostly the same it could still be plagiarism even if there aren't 5 consecutive words).

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.

Required Books: Reading should be done by the class day for which an assignment is listed.  Three books are required:
Eric Hobsbawm, Industry and Empire: The Birth of the Industrial Revolution (make sure to get the 1999 edition, not the 1968 edition)
John H. Lienhard,
Inventing Modern: Growing Up with X-rays, Skyscrapers, and Tailfins
David E. Nye, Technology Matters : Questions to Live With

Class Schedule:
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.

professor's notes
assignments posted
work due (midnight except 10 pm on Fridays)
Jun. 25

Welcomewhat is STS (audio)

Jun. 26
Hobsbawm preface
What is technology

Jun. 27
Hobsbawm 1-2
Medieval Technology, Origins quiz 1 (intro-2), project
Jun. 30
Hobsbawm 3-4
The Industrial Revolution, Human Results, Hobsbawm help (audio)
quiz 1
Jul. 1
Hobsbawm 5
Agriculture bb2, quiz 2 (chs. 3-5) bb1
Jul. 2
Hobsbawm 6
Second Phase of Industrialization bb3
project step 1, bb2, quiz 2
Jul. 3
Hobsbawm 8
Standard of Living quiz 3 (6, 8) bb3
Jul. 7
Hobsbawm 10 and conclusion
The Land test 1 (Hobsbawm)
general test instructions
quiz 3, project step 2
Jul. 8
Test 1 due

test 1 (Hobsbawm)
Jul. 9
Lienhard 1 The Spread of the Industrial Revolution, Manifest Destiny bb4
Jul. 10
Lienhard 2-3
Short Lived Technologies, Forces Totally New
quiz 4 (1-3) bb 4
Jul. 11
Lienhard 4,5
Genius, Core and Fringe
quiz 4
Jul. 14
Lienhard 6-7
High Rises, The City bb5, quiz 5 (4-6)
project step 3
Jul. 15
Lienhard 8-9
AutomobileOn the Road, Ford's innovation (audio)
quiz 6 (7-9) quiz 5
Jul. 16
Lienhard 10-11
Aviation bb6 quiz 6, bb5
Jul. 17
Lienhard 12-13
science (audio), A Boy's Life, Invention quiz 7 (10-12) project step 4
Jul. 18
Lienhard 14-16
War, Fifties. After Modern test 2, quiz 8 (13-15)
general test instructions
bb6, quiz 7, field experiences
Jul. 21
test 2 due

quiz 8, test 2 (Lienhard)
Jul. 22
Nye ch. 1-2
Nye 1, Nye 2
Jul. 23
Nye ch. 3-4
Nye 3, Nye 4, social construction audio
quiz 9 (1-4) bb7
Jul. 24
Nye ch. 5-6
Nye 5, Nye 6
quiz 9, project step 5
Jul. 25
Nye ch. 7-8
Nye 7, Nye 8 bb9, quiz 10 (5-7) bb8
Jul. 28
Nye ch. 9
Nye 9 bb10
bb9, quiz 10
Jul. 29
Nye ch. 10
Nye 10 bb11, quiz 11 (8-10) project step 6, bb10
Jul. 30
Nye ch. 11
Nye 11
bb 11, project step 7, quiz 11, field experiences
July 31

reading day
Final exam posted

Aug. 4
exam day

Final exams due by midnight Aug. 4.  Late exams will not be accepted.

Send me e-mail at: Pammack@clemson.edu
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This page last updated 6/12/2014