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Freshman Course On Science Technology And Society

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



Conference Session

Multidisciplinary and Liberal Education

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Liberal Education

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11.651.1 - 11.651.12



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Hilkat Soysal Frostburg State University

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Hilkat S. Soysal received a law degree from University of Istanbul, Turkey. She practiced law in private companies and two state universities as a counselor. In 1993, she joined Istanbul University College of Engineering as a Lecturer. While teaching law courses for undergraduate engineering students, she did a graduate study in the Marine Engineering Program and received her M.Sc. degree in 1996. She continued to take graduate courses in marine engineering until she moved to the USA. Between 1997 and 2000, she took various courses in MBA and Computer Science, and engineering at various institutions. Since fall 2000, she has been working as adjunct faculty for the Department of Physics and Engineering at the Frostburg State University and teaching programming concepts and numerical techniques courses.

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Oguz Soysal Frostburg State University

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Oguz A. Soysal received the B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. In 1983 he joined ABB-ESAS Power Transformer Company (Istanbul, Turkey) as an R&D engineer. From 1986 to 1993 he worked for Black-Sea Technical University, Turkey, as Assistant and Associate Professor. In 1987 he visited The Ohio State University (OSU) as a Post Doctoral Scholar, and in 1991-1992 he spent a sabbatical leave at the University of Toronto. From 1993 to 1997 he was with Istanbul University, Turkey, and Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, USA. He joined Frostburg State University in fall 1998. At present Dr. Soysal is Chair of the Physics and Engineering Department and he is teaching electrical engineering courses.

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The paper describes an interdisciplinary freshman course offered in Frostburg State University to discuss the interactions of science, technology, and society. The course was developed in summer 2005 as part of the general education program mainly for non science or engineering majors.

The course introduces the main characteristics of scientific investigation and engineering design problems through various applications of technology that have transformed the modern society. The outline of the course, teaching approach, materials, and class activities are presented with examples. The experience gained in the first and second semesters is discussed.


The continuous change of the modern society driven by science and technology has motivated higher education institutions to develop curricula to enhance the scientific reasoning skill and technological literacy of students in all majors.

In Frostburg State University an interdisciplinary course titled “Science Technology and Society (IDIS 160)” was developed with the motivation of the Undergraduate Education Initiative (UEI) [1] approved by the Faculty Senate in February 2005. IDIS 160 is designed as a pilot freshman course for mainly non-science/engineering majors to meet the new general education requirements.

The main purpose of the course is to introduce the “models of research, the development of science and technology, and the application and subsequent impact of the developments on society and the environment.” The course goal is consistent with the FSU general education program, which specifically focuses on the development of students’ core skills in scientific reasoning to “demonstrate foundational abilities to apply different methods of inquiry from various perspectives and disciplines to gather information.”

Soysal, H., & Soysal, O. (2006, June), Freshman Course On Science Technology And Society Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--1045

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