ENGR 125CS: Technology, Innovation, and Society
Prof. Robert C. Maher
529 Cobleigh Hall (southwest corner of 5th floor)
See course notes for updated schedule information.
Textbooks and Materials
- Petroski, Henry, Invention by Design, Harvard University Press, 1996; ISBN: 0-674-46368-4.
- Cullen, Katherine, Science, Technology, and Society: The People Behind the Science, Chelsea House Publishers, 2005; ISBN: 0-816-05468-1
- Winston, Morton, and Edelbach, Ralph, Society, Ethics, and Technology, 3rd Ed., Thomson Wadsworth, 2006; ISBN: 0-534-52085-5
- Raise student awareness of what engineering is and what engineers do in the context of science and society.
- Increase student understanding of the methods engineers use to create knowledge and to innovate--and how those methods may differ from the traditional methods of scientists.
- Help students appreciate the connections between science and engineering and the problems of everyday life.
- Raise student awareness of the nature of engineering creativity and design.
- Help students understand the role of ethics in engineering decisions.
- Identify and investigate the connections between engineering and cultural values.
- Encourage critical thinking about engineering solutions, taking into account cultural values and other constraints.
At the conclusion of ENGR 125CS, students will be able to:
- Identify the features of engineering creativity and design, and explain the similarities and differences between engineering and science.
- Discuss, in written and oral form, a complex technological issue in contemporary society and critically consider the constraints and alternatives involved.
- Explain the ways in which scientists and engineers work together to solve problems.
- Communicate an understanding of the societal and cultural context of engineering and engineered systems.
- Work with a group of students to trace the historical development of a specific technology or technological problem, synthesize a variety of points of view, and explain the current and future implications of this technology.
|Homework and essays:||25%||
→ Homework will be required periodically. Homework is due on the due date at the BEGINNING of class. No late homework will be accepted.
→ Weekly quizzes covering the assigned readings and other topics as announced.
→ A WRITTEN REPORT is assigned during the semester.
|Final Project and Presentation:||25%||
→ Final written and oral group presentations are due the last week of class.
course letter grades may be higher (but will not be lower) than indicated by the following scale:
A- = 90%
B- = 80%
C- = 70%
D = 60%
F = 59%
A grade of F will also be given automatically if a midterm and/or final exam is not taken, regardless of the student's aggregate score total.
- All students must have an electronic mail address listed with the MSU My Info system. Announcements and reminders for EE417 will be sent occasionally via email.
- You are responsible for all material covered in class and in the textbook reading assignments.
- There will probably be several guest lectures and presentations scheduled during the semester. Although it is not reasonable for me to make out-of-class events mandatory, I do expect the students to take advantage of all learning opportunities provided in the course.
- Unless group work is explicitly assigned, homework and exams must be prepared individually. Submitting the work of others is dishonest and grounds for dismissal from the course.
- Late submissions of assignments (homework and reports) will not be accepted. Plan ahead and notify the instructor prior to justifiable absences, or if a bona fide emergency prevented you from attending class.