Week 1: The Role of a Thesis A thesis statement plays an important role in the research process. Baase states in her prologue “Computer technology is the most significant new technology since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.” In doing so, she had to back up this argument with solid scholarly research. To evaluate the strength of her argument, consider for a moment whether she accomplished this goal. How did she do in convincing you of her claim? What were the arguments she used to support her point within Week 1’s reading? Were they enough to convince you that she was right in stating this? LAS432 Week 2 Discussion Latest 2017 August WEEK 2: HISTORICAL IMPACT 102102 unread replies.123123 replies. Your online lesson this week details the events of the Protestant Reformation, a historic turning point for Western civilizations. Please discuss the specific role that the Protestant Reformation played in laying the groundwork for the advancement of communication techniques and technologies within Western culture. LAS432 Week 3 Discussion Latest 2017 August WEEK 3: CONSIDERING THE FOURTH AMENDMENT 9494 unread replies.121121 replies. The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution secures the right of privacy. It protects American citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. Advancements in technology have raised issues regarding this protected right. Explain the reasons for governmental surveillance of electronic communications, and the fear associated with these actions. LAS432 Week 4 Discussion Latest 2017 August WEEK 4: GLOBALIZATION AND THE THREAT TO THE ENVIRONMENT 8989 unread replies.111111 replies. Before we decide what to do about the environment globally, let’s see what we can do locally. What environmental problems are you aware of in the area where you live? What solutions do you think would be most appropriate to solve these problems? LAS432 Week 5 Discussion Latest 2017 August WEEK 5: TECHNOLOGY, MORALITY, AND ETHICS 7878 unread replies.111111 replies. This week, we will explore the concept of ethical thought. As your lecture points out, there are many different ethical arguments, but two large groups of thought are deontological (largely associated with the work of Immanuel Kant) and telelogical ethics (largely associated with John Stuart Mill). The first believes that we should judge our ethics based on the idea of universal understandings. For example, it is logical that all persons do not wish to be harmed, so ethically we can establish a principle based on this. So, under this line of thought, if it is ethically wrong to harm a person, then the death penalty must be ethically wrong, because it violates this principle. If you follow this ethical approach, all ethical questions must be evaluated in accordance to these universal principles. In contrast, telelogical ethics, which utilizes utilitarian thought, looks to the outcome of the action and weighs if it is good based on its impact on the majority. For example, in considering the idea of the death penalty again, one must weigh whether utilizing the death penalty benefits the majority of the population. If the majority is helped, then the action is viewed as ethically sound; if the majority is hurt, it is not. In understanding these thoughts and approaches, what do you think about cloning? Is there a universal thought it may violate? Or can it be considered as good for a majority? What are your thoughts, and what are the different questions that can be raised behind them? LAS432 Week 6 Discussion Latest 2017 August dq 1 WEEK 6: TECHNOLOGY AND MODERN CULTURE 8989 unread replies.101101 replies. What are some of the ways that the ease and simplicity of our current technological devices have led us to surrogate our daily responsibilities onto these devices? How do these make us vulnerable to errors, risks, and/or failures? Please include examples, and be as specific as possible. dq 2 WEEK 6: PRESENTATION PEER REVIEW 7575 unread replies.9595 replies. Students, post your PowerPoint presentations here by Wednesday at 11:59PM. They should be accompanied by video and/or audio narration (such as VoiceThread). Limit the length of your presentation to about five minutes and five slides. After you have posted your own presentation, respond to the presentations of at least two other students, using a video/audio resource like VoiceThread (or something similar). Make your responses between one to two minutes long, focusing on what you learned from the presentation, and asking any questions you might have of the presenter. To make sure everyone receives feedback, be sure to check and see which students have not received feedback yet and respond to their work first. If everyone has already gotten some feedback, look for a student who has only received feedback from one student. LAS432 Week 7 Discussion Latest 2017 August WEEK 7: EMPLOYEE MONITORING 9393 unread replies.107107 replies. Consider the reasons given in Figure 6.1 that list why employers monitor employee communications. Of the examples provided, for which do you think it is appropriate to have regular, ongoing monitoring for all employees, and for which do you think an employer should access employee communications only when a problem occurs? Explain your reasoning. LAS432 Week 1 Course Project Latest 2017 August Topic and Thesis Proposal This week, you will select your topic of research for the Course Project. You will need to define the chosen topic, provide a brief description of the emergent technology, and write a thesis statement. Each proposal should include the following items. 1. The name and a brief description of the emergent technology selected 2. A thesis statement (Please note that a thesis sentence presents the central idea of the paper. It must always be a complete, grammatical sentence, it must be specific and brief, and it must express the point of view you are taking on the subject. This thesis statement will be included in the introduction of your final report.) LAS432 Week 2 Course Project Latest 2017 August Resource Review This week, you will assemble at least five scholarly academic references that will be used to write your course research paper (refer to the tutorial on Scholarly References and Accessing Library Databases found in the Writing and Research Help area for help on this assignment). You will need to list your references using APA format and provide a brief explanation of each resource indicating how that resource will be used. The focus should be on your specific research assignment. An approximate length for this bibliography is two to three pages. You can find more details and a brief example of this assignment here (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. LAS432 Week 3 Course Project Latest 2017 August Historical Timeline and Predecessor Assessment Draft This week, you will submit a draft of your Historical Timeline and Predecessor Assessment. This portion of the Course Project will include a historical timeline that diagrams at least three predecessors to the emergent technology and a written assessment explaining how these technologies influenced the development of the current technology (roughly two pages, APA format). This section should include the following: A visual historical timeline that diagrams at least three predecessors to the emergent technology An assessment on how these three technologies influenced the development of the current technology In-text APA-formatted citations with a reference page The assessment should be well written and should incorporate proper grammar and no spelling errors. It should incorporate an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. LAS432 Week 4 Course Project Latest 2017 August Analysis of Impact Draft This week, you will submit your Analysis of Impact draft (roughly four pages, using APA format). This portion of the Course Project provides an analysis of the chosen technology’s influence on society considering all of the following components: Social How has this technology been received, accepted, or rejected? Why? Is it feared or favored? What is the attitude toward change? How are the developers trying to sell the technology to the general public? Look at attitudes, feelings (emotions), behaviors, personality, and the ways humans change as a result of this technology. What is being thought, and why? Is the human mind impacted? How? Are interactions between people changing as a result? Who is included or excluded, and why? Use Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, Piaget, or some other theorist. What psychological needs are met by the technology (e.g., cell phones once granted status and now promote a sense of belonging or connectedness) or created by the technology? Consumerism? Look at groups and organizations that have arisen and prospered because of this technology. Are these groups supportive or antagonistic, and why? (An example is genetically modified foods [GMOs] and the backlash against the Monsanto corporation. Another is cochlear implants that allow the deaf to hear yet reduce the deaf population that calls itself a community.) How does the technology change society, or how does society change in response to the technology? What factors in society led to the development in the first place? What do class, gender roles, race, norms, and the like mean in this context? Who will benefit from the technology, and who might be harmed (this might also belong in the ethics and morals section)? For example, prosthetics enable people to participate more fully and actively in society (some people compete in triathlons and marathons), and war has brought about the need for advances in prosthetic technology as casualties with missing limbs return home to the United States. Look at the workplace, new companies, and/or jobs created, jobs lost (or save this for the economics section, perhaps). Look at roles—subgroups, people’s interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships. Consider crime, healthcare, and schools. Surveillance cameras, for example, have recently been installed in New York City, and the result has been a decrease in the amount of crime, purse-snatching, pickpocketing, and so forth. Yet some fear the big-brother effect of always being watched and tracked, as well as concerns over “who will guard the guards.” Cultural This is a really important section. Consider the elements that comprise the culture and subcultures. Compare the United States’ use of the technology with that of other nations around the world. What is it about Americans that brings about innovation, or has America declined in terms of technical innovation, scientific research, and development? Look at advertising for the technology, the use of celebrities or stars or heroes, the applications (e.g., sports and nanotechnology), and the values represented by the culture. What has priority, and why? An example: IBM was spelled out in xenon atoms. Why were these letters chosen instead of something else? What new words have been added to our vocabulary from this technology? Horseless carriage was used long before the term automobile. Wireless preceded Wi-Fi, and webcasting preceded podcasting. Broadcast was a term adapted from agriculture long before it was used for radio and television. How do musicians and artists react to, use, or incorporate the technology in their artistic productions? For example, fiber optic lighting has been used on the stage and in parades (Disney) for costuming. The drama term in the limelight, for example, was derived from a lens and lighting system used in lighthouses. Look at literature—perhaps science fiction or fantasy stories—that predate the technology (Jules Verne, for example, wrote about submarines before they were actually invented and used—though Leonardo da Vinci had sketched the idea centuries before Verne). Are there any songs, short stories, poems, plays, TV shows, or films that directly make reference to the technology? Are there any related literary works that apply? Is the artifact in a museum or will it be? Why? How does the technology relate to concepts of beauty and novelty and human creativity? How can people express their humanity through this technology? An example: Scientists experimenting with nano made a nano guitar that actually played a tune, though it was subthreshold to human hearing. Political Look at government policy, government intervention, government involvement (support or lack of support, funding), both nationally and internationally. Consider Congress, the president, the Supreme Court (decisions), the rate of change, liberalism, conservatism, legislation, litigation, and so forth. What political factors are at work in the progression or regression of the technology (e.g. lobbyists, special interest groups, partisan views, vocal advocates, or spokespersons)? For example: The Americans with Disabilities Act was designed to prevent discrimination and encourage accessibility to public facilities; it impacted architects, companies, organizations, and persons with disabilities through the installation of ramps (wider doors, lower knobs and handles, larger restroom stalls), the use of assistive devices in schools and in the workplace, hiring practices, and lawsuits against employers, among other things. Economic Consider production, consumption, costs, variables of supply-demand, corporations, private enterprise, and impact on the nation’s economy (employment, displacement, outsourcing). Are certain industries impacted more than others? Look up financial projections—expectations for growth, startup companies, the stock exchange, and so forth—anything related to business and the United States and global economy. Who are the chief players in the business environment, and what is their role? How much has been invested in research and development? How will the price fluctuate? What economic trends are to be observed? Who will make money from the technology? Who is funding the research and development? Who controls the purse strings, and why? Look at foundations and charitable organizations, the outcomes and the nature of consumers. Be sure to use charts and tables and quantitative data in this section. Tables, figures, and data and statistics must be current, valid, and used appropriately. And the Environmental Impact Consider such things as dangers to humans, the depletion of resources, air and water pollution, discovery before inventions, impact on wildlife and humans (health and safety), long-term and short-term effects, waste disposal, and aesthetic considerations (how the technology changes the landscape). Look also at the positive effects (savings of raw materials or fossil fuels, low environmental impact, enhancement to the environment). For example, some thought the Alaskan Pipeline would impact the caribou population and its ability to migrate; the scientists discovered that the population actually increased and was healthier because they had “shade” from the above-the-ground pipe, fewer biting flies, and less physically stressed females. Other negative examples: The spotted owl and deforestation in Washington State; the snail darter and the dam, endangered species and loss of habitats, extinction, over-mining, overproduction, pollution of ground water, landfills, toxic wastes, stripping the soil of nutrients, over fishing, over hunting, and over harvesting. This section should include the following items. All of the required sections listed above At least two statistical graphs or visual aids that support different sections of the analysis In-text, APA-formatted citations with a reference page The assessment should be well written and incorporate proper grammar and no spelling errors. It should incorporate an introduction, body, and a conclusion paragraph. LAS432 Week 6&7 Course Project Latest 2017 August Objectives This capstone course concludes with a research-based Course Project that starts during the first week of the session and continues throughout the duration of the course. It culminates with the submission of a formal, written report in Week 7. For the project, each student will identify and explore an emerging technology. This will be a technology that may already exist but is drawing attention because of new applications, anticipated impacts, or potential controversies. Examples could include, but are in no way limited to, the following subjects. If you are thinking of a topic that is not on the list, please check with your instructor before proceeding. Nanotechnology Genetically modified organisms Drones Self-driving cars Remote or robotic surgery Wireless electricity Gene editing Virtual reality Artificial intelligence Cyber-warfare Hydraulic fracturing Topics to avoid—these are old or have just been done too often. Online dating Identity theft ATMs The student will address the historical, social, cultural, moral, and ethical issues presented by their selected technology. Guidelines ? The primary focus of this assignment is for the student to research and assess the issues associated with a specific emerging technology. It requires that students submit an APA-formatted, 10-page paper during Week 7 of the session. Students will also create a short slide presentation of approximately five slides/five minutes to be presented in week 6. The paper must be well researched and utilize scholarly resources (refer to this Week 7 APA Paper Template (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and the APA Guide tutorial found in the Writing and Research Help area (under Introduction and Resources). The final product should include the following components. A title page, including the student’s name and DSI number An abstract A table of contents An introduction, including a clearly defined thesis statement (roughly one page) An historical timeline that diagrams at least three predecessors to the emergent technology that includes a written assessment on how these technologies influenced the development of the current technology (roughly two pages) Please note that the timeline should be a horizontal visual component at the beginning of the section, and the written assessment should take up a majority of the two pages. An analysis of the technology’s influence on society considering all of the following components (roughly four pages) Social Cultural Political Economic Environmental An evaluation of the ethical considerations associated with the technology in relation to its impact on humanity (roughly two pages) Concluding remarks that include predictions for the future of humanity given the technology’s emergence (roughly one page) In-text citations and a reference section in APA format Appropriate statistical graphs or visual aids to support the paper LAS432 Week 8 Targeted Resumé and Career Services Activity Latest 2017 August Last week we discussed the connection between technology and your career. Now you have the opportunity to implement this connection in real-life. This week you will need to create a targeted resumé. A targeted resumé is simply a resumé that is targeted to a specific job. For this assignment, you need to locate a job ad for a position you would be interested in once you graduate. Using the ad you will then prepare a targeted resumé. You will then use technology to evaluate how closely your targeted resumé aligns with the job ad. Your final step will require you to upload your assignment to the Career Services intranet as a means of connecting you with this department. The following resources will be very helpful for this assignment: Resumé Wizard Student User Guide (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Resumé Evaluation Checklist (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. How to Match Your Resumé to the Job You Want (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Part 1: The Targeted Resumé Your targeted resumé must include the following components: Personal information Including name and contact information An introductory section with a Target Job Title and Qualification/Professional Summary that reflects the student’s skills and experiences relative to the job description. Education history A skill summary that includes both technical and transferable skills Work experience that is summarized by using achievement statements, not task lists. For this summarize your work experience in four to five points under each position held, focusing on concrete, measurable accomplishments. Once complete, you should upload your resumé to the O*Net-Soc AutoCoder found at the following website http://www.onetsocautocoder.com/plus/onetmatch (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. (Student User Guide) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. This site will verify that your resumé is a match to your chosen job ad. You will need to provide a screenshot of a score of 70% or higher, saved as either a Word or PDF file, to the Week 8 Dropbox to verify that you completed this step. If you do not receive a 70% rating or higher on your first submission, please revise until you do. Submit your targeted resumé, the O*Net-Soc Auto Coder screen shot, and a copy of the job ad to the Dropbox Part 2: Career Service Activity – The Verification Process Once you complete your targeted resumé you must now upload a copy to the HireDeVry website. The instructions for using this site can be found on the My Compass to My Career (MCMC) Student User Guide (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. You will also receive a Graduate Registration Form via email through DocuSign from Career Services this week. You must complete this form and return it as instructed in the email. Once you complete these final two steps you will need to contact your Career Advisor so they can verify that they received these two forms. They will then provide you with a Completion Verification Code that you must enter into the comment section of the Dropbox, when you submit your Part 1 components. ***Please note that the Career Services Office is not open on the weekend. This means you must reach out to the Career Services Office early in the week so you receive the verification code needed for this assignment. Your resumé should have appropriate headings and design elements (e.g., white space, bold, underline, italics, varying font sizes***) to improve readability. You should also make efforts to limit the resumé to one – two pages. The resumé must also be targeted to the job ad and be free of spelling and grammatical error
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