Test information:
  • Revised plan!  The exam will be a takehome, due at midnight on Tuesday Dec. 12, no matter what the weather does or the university decides. The exam will be posted no later than Saturday morning.
  • one essay on the Nye book, the other will ask you to integrate ideas and examples from all three books
  • short answer will be about Nye only
  • You will write two essays of about 2 to 3 double space pages, organized as "write one from group 1 and one from group 2"
  • read the question carefully--we will downgrade you if you don't answer the question asked
  • no time limit but late exams will be penalized 10 points for each day late
  • working together is not allowed
  • ideally, save your paper as a Word document
    • if you use another word processor, saving as PDF is probably safest--this is particularly important if you use Google Docs
  • make sure to organize your essays into paragraphs with topic sentences.  A one sentence paragraph for your introduction and conclusion is ok
  • Each paragraph other than intro and conclusion should have an argument, indicated in the topic sentence and usually summed up in the last sentence, and specific evidence to back it up
  • use very specific examples to prove your points and explain what your examples show (don't leave the reader to draw his/her own conclusions).  Specific evidence should be a historical event that happened in a specific time and place or statistical information
  • you must cite sources but you do not need to use a formal format for references. A works cited page is not needed if you only use assigned readings. You may use simply (Lienhard, p. 121) or ( or (class notes, The Land) in the text where you have used the information.  Either quote or put the information entirely into you own words.  The plagiarism rules given in the syllabus do apply to in-class tests and to how you use the class notes.  You must put quote marks around anything that is the exact words of your source and you must give the source in the text, whether you quote or just use specific information.
  • I'm interested in how you put the ideas and information together for yourself, not in you repeating what is in the book or notes
  • Keys:
    • Think carefully about what key words in the question mean
    • explicitly address the specific question
    • lay out your argument step by step
    • support with specific facts or examples
  • what to expect on the cumulative question:  structure of the question is usually either use one example from each book or what is the opinion of each of the authors on this question

theories of technology and society
when you add the different approaches of these three different books together, what do you get?
all history involves different perspectives
what are the differences in what each book thinks is important?

Lienhard:cubist buildings

What do you get when you put these together:
adoption rates of different technologies
How do we think about the role of technology in our world?

What should you get from history:

Pet Peeve: the books we read for this course are non-fiction.  It is an error to call them novels; the word novel is used only for fiction.

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