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LAS Course Project

Objective

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 class. It culminates with the submission of a
formal written report in Week 7. In
addition to the final outcomes, students will also conduct a peer evaluation of
another student’s project, to provide feedback that enhances the work in a
collaborative environment.

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.

The student will address the historical, social, cultural,
moral, and ethical issues presented by their selected technology.

Guidelines

It is important to note that the first deliverable of this
assignment is due on the Sunday of Week 1, so students must get organized and
right into the project.

The Task

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 student
submit an APA formatted, 10-12 page paper, during Week 7 of the session. Students will also conduct a peer evaluation
of another student’s work, during Week 6, and must prepare a 5-10 minute
presentation communicating their thoughts on the work.

The Paper must be well researched and utilize scholarly
resources (refer to the Week 7 APA Paper Template under the Course Project page
and the Writing and Research Help page located under Course Home). The final
product should include the following components:

· A title page
– Including the student’s name

· An abstract

· A table of
contents

· An
introduction, including a clearly defined thesis statement (Roughly 1 page)

· A historical
timeline that diagrams at least 3 predecessors to the emergent technology that
includes a written assessment on how these technologies influenced the
development of the current technology (Roughly 2 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 2 pages.

· An analysis of the technology’s
influence on society considering all of the following components. (Roughly 4 pages)

o Social,

o Cultural,

o Political,

o Economic,

o And the
Environmental Impact

· An
evaluation of the ethical considerations associated with the technology in
relation to its impact on humanity. (Roughly 2 pages)

· Concluding
remarks that include predictions for the future of humanity given the
technology’s emergence. (Roughly 1 page)

· In-text
citations and a reference section in APA format

· A one-page
peer evaluation analysis detailing

o A copy of the
Peer Evaluation Grading Sheet

o The edits added
or subtracted from the suggestions provided by the collaboration

o A description of
the reasoning behind the changes

· Appropriate
statistical graphs/visual aids to support the paper

The Peer Evaluation Assessment and PowerPoint Presentation
will help to foster collaboration during the writing process, as at times,
others can see what you cannot. Since an audience can react to aspects of your
argument in ways you may not anticipate, having the feedback of a peer can be
invaluable.

The Peer Evaluation Assessment and PowerPoint Presentation
will allow a sense of collaboration in this course project. Although, it isn’t
essential to incorporate every comment/suggestion made by your peer, it is
important that the student be open to the process and look for the
opportunities that others will provide you as a means of improving your
argument, and ultimately your final grade.

For the Peer Evaluation Assessment and PowerPoint
Presentation, the student will read and respond to a fellow student’s paper by
creating a PowerPoint presentation, with audio, that communicates a
professional and considerate response.
This is a five step process.

All students must upload a draft of their entire paper to
the team area by Tuesday.
Students must download the Peer Evaluation Presentation
Assessment Form located under the Course Project page, Grading Rubrics, Week 6.
Students must read their peer’s work and complete the Peer
Evaluation Presentation Assessment Form.
Students must then create a PowerPoint presentation with
audio, to communicate their findings regarding the report (refer to the
template located under the Course Project page, Grading Rubrics, Week 6 for
help in this area). The final product will assess the communication style of
the presenter and should include the following components:
A title page
o An introduction
slide, outlining the purpose and flow of the presentation

o Format of paper
evaluation

o Historical
Timeline and Predecessor Assessment Evaluation

o Analysis of
Impact Evaluation

o Ethical
Considerations Evaluation

Concluding Remarks
In-text citations and a references slide
Appropriate visual aids to support the presentation
Lastly, the PowerPoint presentation and the Peer Evaluation
Assessment Form must be submitted to the Dropbox for the grading purposes, and
to the student in which they reviewed for their improvement purposes, by the
end of the week

The Deliverables

Week 1: Topic and
Thesis Proposal (30 possible points)

· Each
proposal should include the following:

o The name, and a
brief description, of the emergent technology selected.

o A thesis
statement. Please note that a thesis sentence presents the central idea of the
paper. It must always be a complete, grammatical sentence, specific and brief,
and express the point of view you are taking towards the subject. This thesis statement will be included in the
introduction of your final report.

Content
Points
Includes the topic of research
5
Provides an appropriate description of the emergent
technology
10
Includes a clearly stated thesis statement
10
Editing; spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence meaning is
clear
5
Total
30
Week 2: Resource
review (50 possible points)

· The student
will assemble at least five scholarly academic references that will be used to
write the paper (refer to Week 1’s tutorial on Scholarly References). Each
student will list his or her references using APA format, and provide a brief
explanation of each resource indicating how that resource will be used. The
focus should be upon the student’s specific research assignment. An approximate
length of this bibliography is between two to three pages.

· A
description, and brief example of this assignment, can be found in the Week 2
Resource Review Assignment Details document located under Course Project,
Grading Rubrics.

Content
Points
Minimum of 5 scholarly resources
5
Correct use of APA formatting
15
Clearly indicates how the resources support research in this
section
25 (5 points per section)
Editing; spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence meaning is
clear
5
Total
50

Week 3: Historical
timeline and predecessor assessment draft.
Roughly 2 pages long (90 possible points)

· Section
should include

A visual historical timeline that diagrams at least 3
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
Please note that this assignment, although it includes a
horizontal visual timeline, also requires a well-written assessment that
details at least three technologies that came before the chosen technology and
thus influenced its development.

Content
Points
Provides a horizontal visual historic timeline detailing at
least 3 predecessors to the emergent technology
15 (3 points per predecessor)
Includes a detailed analysis of the role that the
predecessors played in the emergence of the current technology
45 (15 points X 3 predecessors assessed)
Use of introduction and conclusion paragraphs
10 (5 points for each)
In-text references are used and a reference page (in APA
format) is included
10 (5 points for each)
Editing; spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence meaning is
clear
10
Total
90

The assessment should be well-written and incorporate proper
grammar and no spelling errors. It
should incorporate an introduction, body, and a conclusion paragraph.

In addition to the Historical Timeline and Predecessor
Assessment you must also submit your Smarthinking Report for this section. (10
points)

· Smarthinking
is a free online tutor service available to you.

· You may
access the service by clicking on the Tutor tab and going to the Smarthinking
site.

· Once on
Smarthinking you should follow the following instructions to submit your essay
for review.

o Click on Writing
Center, and submit your paper to the “Essay Center.”

o Fill out the
essay submission form. All red fields are required.

o To upload your
essay, click on the Browse button and locate your essay on the hard drive or
floppy drive. We recommend that you save your writings in standard word
processing formats such as Microsoft Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf)
before submitting them. Macintosh users should add an extension (.doc or .rtf)
to the file name before uploading.

o Click Submit.

o Then review your
submission and click “Confirm Submission” You will receive a pop-up
confirmation message. You must return to the SMARTHINKING website to pick up
your returned essays.

· To retrieve
your Smarthinking report please follow these directions

o Log into your
SMARTHINKING account.

o At the top, right
side of the page you will find “Personal Archive”, please click on that.

o On left side you
have filters, check the “writing” box under Type, “returned” under status. On
right side of this you will have your essay.

o Click on the
title of your essay, scroll down the page and click on “Download Essay” for
Tutor Response.

o Choose a location
to save the file (usually on the desktop).

o You can keep the
default name for the file.

o You should have
Microsoft Word Document or Rich Text Format in the “Save As” Type box.

o Click Save.

o Refer to the
document from the location where you save it.

· Please note
that it takes 24 hours for Smarthinking to return your report to you, meaning
that you must plan for this in your time frames of submitting the assignment on
time.

o This means to
incorporate their comments before you submit the draft in the Dropbox by the
Sunday deadline, you should have your report to Smarthinking no later than
Friday.

· Be sure to
upload your saved Smarthinking report to the Dropbox by the end of the week.

Week 4: Analysis of
Impact draft. Roughly 4-5 pages long.
(90 possible points)

· An analysis
detailing the impact of the selected technology in relation to the following
five required topics of interest

o Social

§ How has this
technology been received, accepted, 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 antagonist, and why? (An example is genetically modified foods
[GMOs] and the backlash against the Monsanto Corporation. Another is cochlear
implants which 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,
etc. mean in this context? Who will benefit from the technology, and who might
be harmed (this might also belong in ethics/morals section)? For example,
prosthetics enable people to participate more fully and actively in society
(some persons are competing in triatholons and marathons), and the “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 economics?). Look at
roles—subgroups, people’s interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships.
Consider crime, healthcare, 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, etc. Yet some fear the
“big brother” effect of always being watched and tracked and concerns over “Who
will guard the guards?”

o 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 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 the technology or use the technology 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/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 human
hearing.

o 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, etc. 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/handles, larger restroom
stalls), the use of assistive devices in schools and in the workplace, hiring
practices and lawsuits against employers, etc.

o Economic

§ Consider
production, consumption, costs, variables of supply-demand, corporations, private
enterprise, 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, etc.—anything related to business and the U.S. 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.

o 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, 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, over harvesting.

This section should include:

All of the required sections listed above
At least two statistical graphs/visual aids that supports
more than one section 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.

Content
Points

All required topics are included in the analysis
50 (10 points for each)

Two statistical graphs/visual aids are used
10 (5 points for each)
Use of introduction and conclusion paragraphs
10 (5 points for each)

In-text references are used and a reference page (in APA
format) is included
10 (5 points for each)

Editing; spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence meaning is
clear
10

Total
90

In addition to the Impact Analysis draft you must also
submit your Smarthinking Report for this section. (10 points)

· Be sure to
upload your saved Smarthinking report to the Dropbox by the end of the week.

Week 5: Ethical
Considerations draft. Roughly 2 pages
long. (90 possible points)

Components needed for this section:

A detailed evaluation of the ethical considerations
associated with the technology in relation to its impact on humanity
An illustration of at least two specific ethical theories
that differentiates their varying approaches in consideration of the questions
raised by the selected technology
At least one statistical graph/visual aid that supports or
provides value to the section
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.

Content
Points
Analysis considers the impact of the technology on humanity
25
Analysis clearly utilizes two distinct ethical approaches,
such as deontology or teleology in evaluating the ethical nature of the
technology
30 (15 points each)
One statistical graph/visual aid is used
5
Use of introduction and conclusion paragraphs
10 (5 points for each)
In-text references are used and a reference page (in APA
format) is included
10 (5 points for each)
Editing; spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence meaning is
clear
10
Total
90

In addition to the Ethical Considerations draft you must
also submit your Smarthinking Report for this section. (10 points)

· Be sure to
upload your saved Smarthinking report to the Dropbox by the end of the week.

Week 6: Peer
Evaluation Assessment and PowerPoint Presentation (90 possible points)

For the Peer Evaluation Assessment and PowerPoint
Presentation, the student will read and respond to a fellow student’s paper by
creating a PowerPoint presentation, with audio, that communicates a
professional and considerate response.

This is a five step process.

All students must upload a draft of their entire paper to
the team area by Tuesday.
Students must download the Peer Evaluation Presentation
Assessment Form found under the Course Project page under Grading Rubrics, Week
6.
Students must read their peer’s work and complete the Peer
Evaluation Presentation Assessment Form (20 points).
Students must then create a PowerPoint presentation (70
points), with audio, to communicate their findings regarding the report (refer
to the template under the Course Project page, Grading Rubrics, Week 6 for help
in this area). The final product will assess the communication style of the
presenter and should include the following components:
A title page
o An introduction
slide, outlining the purpose and flow of the presentation

o Format of paper
evaluation

o Historical
Timeline and Predecessor Assessment Evaluation

o Analysis of
Impact Evaluation

o Ethical
Considerations Evaluation

Concluding Remarks
In-text citations and a references slide
Appropriate visual aids to support the presentation
Lastly, the PowerPoint presentation (70 points) and Peer
Evaluation Presentation Assessment form (20 points) must be submitted to the
Dropbox for the grading purposes, and to the student in which they reviewed for their improvement purposes, by
the end of the week
Components
Points
A title page is included
5
An introduction, outlining the purpose and flow of the
presentation, is provided
5
Format of paper evaluation
5
Historical timeline and predecessor assessment evaluation
10
Analysis of impact evaluation
10
Ethical considerations evaluation
5
Concluding remarks are included
5
In-text references are used and a reference page is included
5
PowerPoint background and visual aids are professional and
effectively incorporated
5
Tone of presenter is professional and transitions are smooth
from topic to topic
5
The Completed Peer Evaluation Assessment Form was submitted
to Dropbox
20
Editing; spelling, punctuation, grammar, formatting, audible
recording, sentence meaning is clear
10
Total
90

Week 7: Final
Research Report (190 possible points)

· The Final
Paper is expected to be professional, and written following APA
guidelines. An APA paper template has
been provided under the Course Project page, Grading Rubrics, Week 7 for
students unfamiliar with these requirements.

· It must
incorporate all of the required components of the assignment.

Content
Points
A title page is provided
5
An abstract is provided
5
A table of contents is provided
5
An introduction, including a clearly defined thesis
statement, is provided
5
A historical timeline is provided that diagrams at least 3
predecessors to the emergent technology and includes an assessment on how these
technologies influenced the development of the current technology
25 (5 points for the timeline and 20 points for the analysis
section)
An analysis of impact is provided detailing the technology’s
influence on society considering the five required components
50 (10 points for each required section)
An evaluation of the ethical considerations associated with
the technology in relation to its impact on humanity is provided
20
Concluding remarks include predictions for the future of
humanity given the technology’s emergence
20
In-text references are used and a reference page is included
5
A one-page peer evaluation analysis is provided detailing

The suggestions of the collaboration
The editions added or subtracted
The reasoning behind the changes
15 (5 points for each section)
Visual aids, graphics and statistical charts are effectively
incorporated
5
Editing; spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence meaning is
clear, suggested revisions not addressed
30
Total
190

In addition to the Final Research Paper you must also submit
your Smarthinking Report for this section. (10 points)

· Be sure to
upload your saved Smarthinking report to the Dropbox by the end of the week.

Week 8:
Self-Assessment Form (50 possible points)

· A
self-assessment allows the writer to reflect upon their work and to evaluate
how they felt they did on their own assignment.
It is meant to be an honest reflection of their success and failures.

Content
Points
Self-rating section was completed
10
Q&A section was completed and answers were in complete
sentences and composed of a minimum of 4-5 sentences in length.
35 (5 points each)
Editing; spelling, punctuation, grammar errors, sentence
meaning is clear
5
Total
50

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