Module title: Science, Technology and Society [Hong Kong]

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC10616
Module leader: Nick Cimini
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science
Prerequisites

N/A

2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: HONG KONG
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Nick Cimini
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Each taught input uses a variety of audio-visual resources, discussion and activity to foster student engagement. Students will have weekly lectures and tutorials. The tutorials will offer opportunities for discussions of recommended readings. LO1-5 will contribute towards student's knowledge of science and technology in society today.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
Short, weekly activities will be embedded into tutorials in order to enhance learning and study skills. Group work will enhance interpersonal and communication skills, and will encourage students to develop their ability to summarise and synthesise ideas.

Assessment (formative or summative)
The formative component will be delivered in tutorials in the form of face-to-face interactions focusing on understanding of subject knowledge and reading materials, and preparation for the summative assessments.

Summative assessment 1 – This will involve a group presentation and the preparation of presentation materials which are to be based on the recommended readings for the module. Presentations will be assessed during tutorial time in weeks 6-10.
Summative assessment 2 – This will involve an essay to be based on the recommended readings for the module [week 13].

Research / teaching linkages
Both of the summative assessments will allow students to engage in-depth with research in this area. The module is also to be delivered by researchers who are active in this area.

Supporting equality and diversity
In the course of the module, students will be supported by the use of Moodle in advance of each lecture and students will be encouraged to seek support from their module leader if they are experiencing any kind of difficulties.

Internationalisation
The module tackles subjects such as science, technology, biology, information-communication technologies, globalisation, the science of climate change, and so on. As su

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 166
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 30 1,2,3,4,5 1 HOURS= 0.20, WORDS= 0
Essay 70 1,2,3,4,5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: HONG KONG
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Nick Cimini
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Each taught input uses a variety of audio-visual resources, discussion and activity to foster student engagement. Students will have weekly lectures and tutorials. The tutorials will offer opportunities for discussions of recommended readings. LO1-5 will contribute towards student's knowledge of science and technology in society today.



Formative Assessment:
The formative component will be delivered in tutorials in the form of face-to-face interactions focusing on understanding of subject knowledge and reading materials, and preparation for the summative assessments.


Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment 1 – This will involve a group presentation and the preparation of presentation materials which are to be based on the recommended readings for the module. Presentations will be assessed during tutorial time in weeks 6-10.
Summative assessment 2 – This will involve an essay to be based on the recommended readings for the module [week 13].


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 166
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 30 1,2,3,4,5 1 HOURS= 0.20, WORDS= 0
Essay 70 1,2,3,4,5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module will introduce students to core social scientific perspectives on science and technology. We begin by outlining and providing a critique of traditional, common sense explanations of scientific practice and technological innovation. We will scrutinise the governance of scientific and technological systems. We also critically evaluate the perceived dichotomies between expert and ‘lay’ knowledge, science and public, reason and dogma. The module finishes by investigating a series of empirical case studies. Examples of these include the genetic and reproductive sciences, the science of climate change, information and communication technologies, and the interfaces between science and crime. From our intimate and everyday encounters with science and technology to enormous and cutting-edge developments, these examples are specifically chosen to give students a feel for the multifarious ways in which science and technologies are shaped by, and shape, the world in which we live.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Critically assess concepts used by social scientists to theorise science and technology.
LO2: Apply these concepts to evaluate a selected aspect of scientific practice and/or technological innovation.
LO3: Analyse the ways in which science and technology shape, and are shaped by, socio-historical context.
LO4: Investigate the perceived dichotomies between science and public, expert and “lay” knowledge, reason and dogma.
LO5: Develop study, computing, written and oral communication skills, appropriate for Level 10.

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