This is an approximate schedule for TEC 154 2010S. Like everything else in this course, it is likely to change.
|Week 1: Overview|
|(01) Monday, January 25, 2010
Introduction to the Course
What is technology? How does one study technology? Course structure. Expectations.
|(02) Wednesday, January 27, 2010
What is Technology?
Defining "Technology", Revisited Weinberg: Can Technology Replace Social Engineering? Berry: Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer. Florman: Technology and the Tragic View.
|(03) Friday, January 29, 2010
Clarification questions. Winner. Marx. Pool. Linking these ideas.
|Week 2: Stone Tools (Whittaker, Anthropology)|
|(04) Monday, February 1, 2010
Stone Tools (1)
|(05) Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Stone Tools (2)
|(06) Friday, February 5, 2010
Stone Tools (Discussion)
Wrapup of Whittaker. Review of perspectives. Applying perspectives to flintlocks.
|Week 3: An Engineering Perspective|
|(07) Monday, February 8, 2010
Background about Petroski. Small group work. Overview of the text. Clarifications. Discussion.
|(08) Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Large group: Introductory remarks. Small groups: Topics of chapters 8-13. Large group: Review of chapter topics. Small groups: Think like an engineer. Large group: Summary of discussions.
|(09) Friday, February 12, 2010
Review of stuff covered so far. Some factual questions. Chapter summaries, continued. The Petroski lens. Discussion questions (if time permits).
|Week 4: The Development of Writing (Lalonde, Classics)|
|(10) Monday, February 15, 2010
The Development of Writing (1)
|(11) Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The Development of Writing (2)
|(12) Friday, February 19, 2010
The Development of Writing (Discussion)
Large Group: Lenses from Lalonde. Small Group: Previous Lenses, Revisited. Large Group (Recitation): Applying Lenses to The Evolution of Writing.
|Week 5: Other Perspectives|
|(13) Monday, February 22, 2010
Perspectives (1) Notes:
|(14) Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Clarifications. Main Points (Small Groups). Main Points, Revisited. Lenses. Open Discussion.
|(15) Friday, February 26, 2010
Questions on the readings (small groups). Reflection on small-group discussion (large group).
|Week 6: Musical Instruments and Notation (Vetter, Music)|
|(16) Monday, March 1, 2010
|(17) Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The Quest to Encode Sound. Orally Transmitted Music. Notation. Recording Technologies.
|(18) Friday, March 5, 2010
Musical Instruments and Notation (Discussion)
Design notation. Share notation. Perform.
|Week 7: Midsemester Exam|
|(19) Monday, March 8, 2010
Where We've Been, Where We're Going
Quick summary: Where we've been. Quick summary: Where we're going. Exam format. Planning: What questions on the readings did you find particularly good? Exam questions.
|(20) Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Mid-semester Exam, Part One
|(21) Friday, March 12, 2010
Mid-semester Exam, Part Two
|Week 8: Human Factors in Technology|
|(22) Monday, March 15, 2010
Human Factors (1)
Exercise: The User Interface of the Book. Norman's Four Principles. Norman's Theses. Open Discussion.
|(23) Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Human Factors (2)
Exercise: Examples. Norman's thesis and the role of each chapter. Design in everyday activities. Who is at fault?
|(24) Friday, March 19, 2010
Human Factors (3)
A Challenge: Summarize and Exemplify Norman. Reference.
|Week 9: Miscellaneous|
|(25) Monday, April 5, 2010
Pause for Breath
|(26) Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Disability and Technology
Background. Basics. Beyond.
|(27) Friday, April 9, 2010
Digital Art (Kluber and Simon)
Short presentation by Kluber and Simon. Time to view the show. Q & A time.
|Week 10: Structures (Case, Physics)|
|(28) Monday, April 12, 2010
|(29) Wednesday, April 14, 2010
|(30) Friday, April 16, 2010
An Exercise. Awards.
|Week 11: Biotechnology (Robertson, Biology)|
|(31) Monday, April 19, 2010
|(32) Wednesday, April 21, 2010
|(33) Friday, April 23, 2010
What is a feminist approach? How do the authors define technology? What are the authors' primary theses? Open discussion.
|Week 12: Solar Energy (Swartz, Chemistry)|
|(34) Monday, April 26, 2010
Solar Energy (1)
Traditional Ways to Produce Electricity. Producing Electricity from the Sun. Photovoltaics: History. Photovoltaics: Technology.
|(35) Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Solary Energy (2)
|(36) Friday, April 30, 2010
Solar Energy (Discussion)
Goals of paper reviews. Questions on Photovoltaics. Lessons from Swartz. Relating readings: What's relevant?
|Week 13: Computing (Rebelsky, Computer Science)|
|(37) Monday, May 3, 2010
What is a computer? The structure of a computer. An evolution of technologies. An evolution of applications. Misc. discussion.
|(38) Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Pause for Breath
|(39) Friday, May 7, 2010
|Week 14: Student Presentations|
|(40) Monday, May 10, 2010
Evolution of Computing, Continued. The World-Wide Web. Hypertext.
|(41) Wednesday, May 12, 2010
|(42) Friday, May 14, 2010
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