Exams


Assignment Overview

During the term, you will complete three take home exams. The three exams will correspond to the three units of the course—"Visions of Nature and Environment", "Public Understanding of Science and Technology", "Our Human Future"—found on the course calendar. Exams will be based on the class readings, discussions, lectures and conceptual exercises for the corresponding unit.

Learning Goals

In taking the exams, we will examine the main themes, concepts and arguments found in our class. The learning goals of the exams are:

    • To pose, refine and answer questions on issues related to humanity, science and the environment;
    • To take, and revise, defined positions, and offer cogent supporting arguments, on the issues raised in the class readings, discussions, lectures and conceptual exercises;
    • To develop a working knowledge of the complex dynamic among humanity, science and the environment.

Exam 1

Exam Protocol

For Exam 1, you are responsible for material from the class readings, discussions, lectures and conceptual exercises for Unit One: "Visions of Nature and Environment" from August 26 to September 21 (please refer to the course calendar).

Exam 1 will consist of four questions. Please choose two questions on which to write.

You may use books, articles, and notes in taking the exam. You may not consult other people, or the internet, regarding exam questions. Work to maintain equal quality and depth of analysis in your answers to each of the questions. We want to hear your voice in order to assess your command of the arguments, ideas and concepts addressed in the course to this point.

You have a 1000 word limit for the exam. You may distribute the number of words in your answers however you wish, but you may not exceed 1000 total words. Please begin your response with the verbatim statement of the question. (Just copy and paste your chosen question to the top of the answer page. Do not include the words in the question in your word count.)

Exams will be distributed and reviewed in class on Wednesday, September 23. The exam is due no later than 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, September 30. I strongly suggest writing and revising in small blocks of time rather than writing the exam all at once.

Please upload your exam, formatted as a .doc or .docx document, to your dropbox in Scholar no later than 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, September 30.

Exam 2

Exam Protocol

For Exam 2, you are responsible for material from the class readings, discussions, lectures and conceptual exercises for Unit Two: "Public Understanding of Science and Technology" from September 30 to October 26 (please refer to the course calendar).

Exam 2 will consist of five questions. Please choose three questions on which to write.

You may use books, articles, and notes in taking the exam. You may not consult other people, or the internet, regarding exam questions. Work to maintain equal quality and depth of analysis in your answers to each of the questions. We want to hear your voice in order to assess your command of the arguments, ideas and concepts addressed in the course to this point

You have a 1500 word limit for the exam. You may distribute the number of words in your answers however you wish, but you may not exceed 1500 total words. Please begin your response with the verbatim statement of the question. (Just copy and paste your chosen question to the top of the answer page. Do not include the words in the question in your word count.)

Exams will be distributed and reviewed in class on Wednesday, October 28. The exam is due no later than 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, November 4. I strongly suggest writing and revising in small blocks of time rather than writing the exam all at once.

Please upload your exam, formatted as a .doc or .docx document, to your dropbox in Scholar no later than 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, November 4.

Exam 3

Exam Protocol

For Exam 3, you are responsible for material from the class readings, discussions, lectures and conceptual exercises for Unit Three: "Our Human Future" from November 4 to December 9 (please refer to the course calendar).

Exam 3 will consist of five questions. Please choose three questions on which to write.

You may use books, articles, and notes in taking the exam. You may not consult other people, or the internet, regarding exam questions. Work to maintain equal quality and depth of analysis in your answers to each of the questions. We want to hear your voice in order to assess your command of the arguments, ideas and concepts addressed in the course to this point

You have a 1500 word limit for the exam. You may distribute the number of words in your answers however you wish, but you may not exceed 1500 total words. Please begin your response with the verbatim statement of the question. (Just copy and paste your chosen question to the top of the answer page. Do not include the words in the question in your word count.)

Exams will be distributed and reviewed in class on Wednesday, December 9. The exam is due no later than 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, December 16. I strongly suggest writing and revising in small blocks of time rather than writing the exam all at once.

Please upload your exam, formatted as a .doc or .docx document, to your dropbox in Scholar no later than 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, December 16.

If you have any questions about the assignment, please contact Jim Collier (jim.collier@vt.edu).

Introduction to Humanities, Science and Technology