Evolution of Technology (TEC 154 2014S) : Handouts

Schedule


This is an approximate schedule. Expect dates and topics to change. (I will try to keep due dates the same.)

Some of the information here can also be found in the Google calendar for the course, which is available at <http://bit.ly/tec154gcal>.

Monday Wednesday Friday
Week 01: Overview
(01) Monday, 20 January 2014 An Introduction to the Course Note takers: SA & EL (BW alt) What is technology? How does one study technology? Course structure. Expectations. (02) Wednesday, 22 January 2014 What is Technology? Note takers: DB & FL Defining "Technology", revisited. Weinberg: Can Technology Replace Social Engineering? Berry: Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer. Florman: Technology and the Tragic View. (03) Friday, 24 January 2014 More Foundational Perspectives Note takers: FC & AL Review. Florman, continued. Winner. Marx. Pool.
Week 02: Stone Tools (Whittaker, Anthropology)
(04) Monday, 27 January 2014 Stone Tools (1) Note takers: TD & DP (05) Wednesday, 29 January 2014 Stone Tools (2) Note takers: AF & DS (06) Friday, 31 January 2014 Stone Tools (Discussion) Note takers: EG & ZS Wrapup of Whittaker. Review of perspectives. Applying perspectives to flintlocks.
Week 03: An Engineering Perspective
(07) Monday, 3 February 2014 Engineering (1) Note takers: LG & CC Background about Petroski. Small group work. Overview of the text. Discussion. (08) Wednesday, 5 February 2014 Engineering (2) Note takers: PG & JV Large group: Introductory remarks. Small groups: Topics of chapters 8-13. Large group: Review of chapter topics. Small groups: Think like an engineer. Large group: Summary of discussions. (09) Friday, 7 February 2014 Engineering (3) Note takers: MK & LY Petroski - Main Points. Petroski - What is Engineering? David Pye - Designs Conflict. Petroski - Lens. Petroski - Blinders.
Week 04: Food (Lyons, Chemistry)
(10) Monday, 10 February 2014 Food (1) CO & EL (11) Wednesday, 12 February 2014 Food (2) FC & JV (12) Friday, 14 February 2014 Food (Discussion) SA & LY "Big picture" issues: Lenses, Genres, Individual technologies. Applying lenses. Why differences?
Week 05: Other Perspectives
(13) Monday, 17 February 2014 Perspectives (1) ZS & TD A feminist perspective. Futuring methods. Small-group consideration of questions. (14) Wednesday, 19 February 2014 Perspectives (2) EG & DP Context. Ch. 10: Mesthene. Ch. 11: McDermott. Meta-issues. (15) Friday, 21 February 2014 Perspectives (3) AF & DB Clarifications. Joy. Brown and Duguid. New lenses. Responding to B&G.
Week 06: Human Factors in Technology
(16) Monday, 24 February 2014 Human Factors (1) CC and PG Norman, Chapter 1. Norman, Chapter 2. Activity: Scavenger hunt. Discussion questions. (17) Wednesday, 26 February 2014 Human Factors (2) DS and LG Small group discussions. Norman's thesis and the role of each chapter. (18) Friday, 28 February 2014 Human Factors (3) A Challenge: Summarize and Exemplify Norman. Reference.
Week 07: Mid-Semester Examination
(19) Monday, 3 March 2014 Where We've Been, Where We're Going Quick summary: Where we've been. Quick summary: Where we're going. Exam format. Terminology. Exam questions. (20) Wednesday, 5 March 2014 Mid-Semester Exam, Part One (21) Friday, 7 March 2014 Mid-Semester Exam, Part Two
Week 08: Digital Humanities (Lee, English)
(22) Monday, 10 March 2014 Digital Humanities (1) (23) Wednesday, 12 March 2014 Digital Humanities (2) (24) Friday, 14 March 2014 Digital Humanities (Discussion) Defining terms. Applying our lenses. Additional issues from the readings.
Spring Break
Week 09: Biotechnology (Robertson, Biology)
(25) Monday, 31 March 2014 Biotechnology (1) (26) Wednesday, 2 April 2014 Biotechnology (2) (27) Friday, 4 April 2014 Intellectual Property (1)
Week 10: Miscellaneous
(28) Monday, 7 April 2014 Biotechnology (Discussion) Risks: Dread vs. Knowledge. Lenses. Other issues. (29) Wednesday, 9 April 2014 Hypertext and the Web Context and beyond. Textual questions. Key ideas. Additional questions. (30) Friday, 11 April 2014 Intellectual Property (2)
Week 11: Biopiracy (Roper, Anthropology)
(31) Monday, 14 April 2014 Biopiracy (1) (32) Wednesday, 16 April 2014 Biopiracy (2) (33) Friday, 18 April 2014 Biopiracy (3)
Week 12: Technology and the Arts
(34) Monday, 21 April 2014 Owning Biology Reviewing our visitors. Relationships between ideas. A few side notes. "Solving" these problems. Detour: Plant patents. (35) Wednesday, 23 April 2014 Papermaking (Running, Art) (36) Friday, 25 April 2014 Technology and the Theatre (Thomas, Theatre/Dance)
Week 13: Social Media (Yoose, Library)
(37) Monday, 28 April 2014 Social Media (1) (38) Wednesday, 30 April 2014 Social Media (2) (39) Friday, 2 May 2014 Social Media (Discussion) About presentations and the presentation rubric. Presentation on border patrol technology. Quick debriefing. Ideas from the past two weeks.
Week 14: Student Presentations
(40) Monday, 5 May 2014 Wrapup About the Final. The Subject Matter of This Course. End-of-course Evaluation. (41) Wednesday, 7 May 2014 Student Presentations (1) (42) Friday, 9 May 2014 Student Presentations (2)

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