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Science And Technology Of Everyday Life: A Course In Technology For Liberal Arts Students

John Krupczak
1996 Annual Conference Proceedings   unpublished
A course in technological literacy has been developed and implemented at Hope College. The course is intended for the general education of liberal arts students The objective is to develop a familiarity with how various Technological devices work, and to explain the basic scientific principles underlying their operation. Topics covered include: the automobile, radio and television, computers, and medical imaging. The format is three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week over a
more » ... ory per week over a 15 week semester. The course was first offered in the Spring 1995 semester. The target audience for the course was seen as general liberal arts students. A major goal of the course is to reduce the fear and apprehension of this group toward understanding technology. The course focuses on the wide variety of technology used in everyday life to help in engaging the student's interest. The lecture portion of the course is taught in a single section by one member of the engineering faculty. Student attitudes generally support the conjecture that a course based on familiar technology would be a suitable motivation for student interest, enrollment has increased to a maximum capacity of 50 students.
doi:10.18260/1-2--6277 fatcat:y3g4lg3yujeqlb6yvudybc25ci