William E. Cattin Instructor
Course: Modern Technology, IET 101, 5 Credits
Hours: MTuWThF 12:00PM – 12:50AM
Room: 219 Hogue.
Office phone: (509) 963-1911
Office 301 Hogue Technology Blg.
Text: Technology, R. Thomas Wright; Goodheart-Wilcox
This course is designed to provide an overview of the world of Industrial Technology.
The study of Industrial Technology is a basic building block of a liberal education. The
study of Industrial Technology is a fundamental tool for understanding the development
of humankind; its history, science, economics, and cultural development. The word
technology is derived from the Greek words techne and logos. Technology is not
complex or a space age phenomenon. Technology has been here as long as humans
have walked upright. Technology is humans using objects to change the natural and
human-made environment. Technology is purposeful action by people, to extend
human ability or potential to do work.
Although the course provides great breath in readings and types of technology covered,
there are a variety of learning experiences that provide very specific learning, giving
realism and relevance to course topics.
The purpose of this course, under the Applications of Natural Science section of the
Breadth Requirements of the General Education Program, is to provide students with an
understanding of how technology uses basic scientific principles to manipulate the
natural world by developing applications used in everyday life. The course is targeted
at students who desire to know how the technologies they use daily, operate and
consume resources in the natural world.
Students who have special needs or disabilities that may affect their ability to access
information and or material presented in this course are encouraged to contact me or
Ms. Nancy Howard, ADA Compliance Officer, Director, ADA Affairs and Students
Assistance on campus at 963-2171 for additional disability related educational
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At the completion of this course a student will be able to:
1. Explain the role of artisan in early production
2. Define technology and its relationship to housing, tools, weapons,
communication, transportation, and energy
3. Describe the materials and processes involved in the production of silicon
integrated circuits and the impact on the environment
4. Fabricate, using simple techniques, a technical/historical model representing a
topic from instructor list OR develop a presentation and supply a stimulating
instructional experience in a group setting
5. Give a presentation on a new technological development, chosen by each
student from an instructor list
6. Understand the process that drives technology progress
7. Explain the role of technology in changing political systems
8. Explain the role of capitalism in technology evolution
9. Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the different technology classes
and how they relate to American culture.
TASK ASSESSMENT STRATEGIES
Observe lectures, student presentations, Three quizzes, and final exam
videos, photons and participate in
Tech Check Give a presentation on a new Each student will present a minimum 15
technological development, chosen from minute PowerPoint presentation
instructor provided list.
News and Discovery Select one current Present article in class, lead a discussion
news article relating an aspect or concept about it and hand in article to class.
of modern technology.
Historical Interview, student will interview Present a short “photon” to class regarding
a seasoned citizen about technology the most significant technology
advancements observed in their lifetime. advancement from interview. Submit a one
page minimum summary of interview on
day of presentation.
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Exams will consist of multiple choices, T/F, fill in the blank, and essay questions
on everything and anything covered in class or assigned.
Quiz 100 points Oct. 1,Oct. 28, –Nov. 10
Final 200 points As scheduled finals wk
Tech Check Presentation (TC) 250 points.
Chose a topic from the list of current technologies provided.
Develop a 15 minute PowerPoint Presentation on your topic that
6 or more slides
6 or more good photographs of artifacts
an appropriate amount of explanatory text
The relationship of the technology (positive/negative) to society and the
world. This last element must be substantiated by factual sources, not
your opinion. You must include a minimum of 2 internet sources, 1 text
book, and 1 current periodical in a bibliography (minimum 4).
You may not “read” your PowerPoint presentation. It is assumed that
all students in this class can read. Your charge is to elaborate upon the
slides presented. This is a public speaking, teaching and learning
opportunity, as such their will be a reduction in points awarded for
reading your PowerPoint presentation.
Humanity of Technology (HT) 150 points
This assignment is to expose a facet of technology that is invisible to the casual
observer. Your assignment is to interview a senior citizen at least 70 years old and
preferably older; regarding the advances and changes in technology that have occurred
during their lifetime. The purpose of this assignment is to inject a human experience
into your studies about technology. This interview is to be completely voluntary with the
senior and is to be done with the highest level of respect. This assignment can be done
with relatives, neighbors, acquaintances, virtually anyone that consents to a discussion
and meets the age criteria. This interview can take place over several meetings or just
one. Suggestions for questions are as follows:
What changes in transportation technology have affected you most?
What technology has had the greatest positive impact on your life?
Negative impact? In what manor did this cause a change?
What technology changes have impacted family life the most?
How do you view the technology derived from the space program?
Did the war (WWII) have a positive or negative impact on technology in your life?
What is the most significant technological improvement that you experienced in
your working life?
At what age did you become aware of technology advances?
What technology progress did your parents experience?
What progress in technology would you have wanted your parents to
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What do you see as the disadvantages of the pace at which technology is being
What do you want young people today to understand about the technology of the
What modern technology system do you get the most use from today?
What advice would you give to students today if given the opportunity to advise
These questions are suggestions and are not meant to be a list that must be
answered. The intent is for you to listen with respect and give some measure of honor
to our most treasured human resource, our seniors!
The submission of this assignment will be done in two methods.
You are to submit a written summary of your interview (follow the guidelines) in which
you identify your relationship with the person interviewed and summarize the responses
to your questions. In addition, you are to give a reaction to the responses and a positive
comment about this experience.
The second method will be a brief presentation to the class covering the same issues in
the written submission. This is to be an informal address to the class with your personal
reaction and commentary about the interview
Tech Check and Back to Future topic list
Tech check: no modeling, presentation Additional Topics:
1. Monocultural Agriculture 1. Artificial limbs and joints
2. ADHD Treatment 2. Athletic shoe design, materials
3. Biomass energy 3. Battery model, working
4. Cancer treatments 4. Digital hearing aids, ear horn
5. Kidney dialysis 5. Electric motor, working
6. Salmon farming 6. Electrical generator working model
7. DVD technology 7. Fire making, early models
8. Electrical power generation 8. Water treatment methods
9. Exercise technology 9. Home building materials/ new &
10. Extending life span 10. Hydrogen gas production
11. Alzheimer’s treatments 11. Latest Bicycle technology
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12. Hybrid Automobiles 12. Multiple pulleys model/block and
13. Communicable disease control 13. Nutrition technology
14. Leisure activities & time for 14. Outdoor Clothing technology
15. Longevity technology 15. Personal computers
16. Radioactive waste 16. Atomic energy production
17. World technology distribution 17. Robotics, simple model
18. Ethanol vs. MTBE 18. Gasoline production
19. Weight management 19. Sports medicine artifacts
20. Energy storage 20. Battery technology
21. Medical diagnosis technology 21. Medical implants
22. Future weapons 22. Weapons early models
23. Genetically modified foods 23. Agriculture production
24. Concrete placement 24. Construction materials and
25. Machine tools/computer 25. Machine tools, beginning to
26. Jet propulsion engines 26. Petroleum fuel production
27. Future aircraft designs 27. History of flight
28. Fuel cells 28. Fuel cell history
29. Medical Life support systems 29. Tool making sequence throughout
30. Current state of reusable 30. Solar cell progression, state of the
launch vehicles art and future being researched
31. Reverse Osmosis 31. Water filtration methods
32. Replaceable human Organs 32. Silicon chip manufacture
33. Aircraft development 33. Boeing 787 features
34. Remote Location electricity 34. History of agriculture irrigation
35. Manufacture of Confections 35. Alternate energy state of Art
36. Mineral resource extraction 36. ANWAR oil exploration
37. Current practices for oil 37. History of Otto cycle engine
38. Latest development of F1 38. Online marketing processes
39. Race car cheating technology 39. Cosmetic production and testing
40. Current Logging practices 40. Special ED. teaching technology
Current News Article 100 points.
Choose a current news item that has relevance to one or more points in
“Ethics and Technology”.
Write a maximum one-page analysis of the relevance in MS Word.
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The article should be copied from a periodical, or found on an internet
news source, and printed.
Present the article and analysis to the class.
Hand in analysis and article immediately following presentation
o Spelling and grammar
o Inclusion of all elements described above
o Technical accuracy of your words (do you understand what you say!?)
o The interest level of your presentation (what is your motivation?)
The course is designed around a minimum of 1000 points, but could be more.
1. All assignments will be turned in on the day designated during class time for the
course. No grade will be given for late work.
2. No make-up assignments or examinations will be allowed unless provisions for
circumstances are made in advance of the date in question.
3. All written work will be evaluated on the following criteria:
c. content quality
4. Please ask questions if assignments are unclear. The final responsibility for
misunderstandings and late work rests with the student.
5. Points will be assigned for each student’s work. The total points obtained
throughout the course will then be evaluated according to the following chart:
A 100-92% A- 90-92%
B+ 88-90% B 82-88% B- 80-82%
C+ 78-80% C 72-78% C- 70-72%
D+ 68-70% D 62-68% D- 60-62%
6. Missing class is not “OK”. Discussion questions, safety instruction, and
instruction on equipment and instruments are all valuable and should not be
missed. Absences cause expensive wear and tear on equipment, supplies and
facility. Demonstrations on equipment and technique will not be given over.
7. All written work will be typed or word-processed double-spaced, with 1” margins.
Papers will be stapled in the upper left-hand corner.
8. Appointments can be directly made with the instructor or E-Mail.
9. “Close” grades will be determined by attendance patterns, enthusiasm and
willingness to learn.
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