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History of Science Orientation

History of Science Online

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LibraryThing: Orientation Orientation HSCI 3013 section 995, Spring 2014

Course Information and Quiz

By now you have already learned a lot about this class. You've cruised around the website (obviously -- since you are reading this message!). You've visited Desire2Learn. You're checking announcements and getting email from the instructor. Now's the time to start putting it all together -- figuring out just what we will be doing in this class every week, what the requirements are exactly, how the grading works. There is a Course Information section here at the website that is like an "online syllabus" where you should be able to find answers to all of your questions. If you have a question that is not answered in these pages, please let me know -- I'll get back to you right away, and I'll also update the webpages for any other students who might have the same question.

In order to make sure that you understand all the course procedures and requirements, you are going to take a quiz about that -- but don't worry! You can see all the questions in advance, so you can make sure you are ready to give it a try. The questions for the Course Quiz are down at the bottom of this page.

Big Hint: Print out the questions for the quiz before you take it, so that it will be an "open book" quiz! You can "check off" the answers as you find them while reading the assigned content. You will find the questions for any quiz at the bottom of its page -- and you probably know the answers to a lot of the questions for this quiz already!

Another tip: Don't start any quiz until you have completed the readings, in case your connection to Desire2Learn (where the quiz is located) times out while you are investigating the answers. If you are disconnected from Desire2Learn during a quiz, there is a remedy: that is why you are allowed to take the quiz twice, and the most recent score will count. You can take every quiz in this course twice if you want to, but try to get the grade you want the first time, and then if there's a problem with your Internet connection, the second chance will come in handy.

To find the information you will need to know about this course, go to the Course Information page and read all the pages linked to from that page under these column headings: Syllabus, Weekly Assignments, Technology, and Resources. Give yourself enough time this first week to become thoroughly familiar with the information on all these linked pages; you will not regret it later!

Each time you take the quiz at Desire2Learn you will just have to answer 17 of the following questions, chosen at random. You may take the quiz up to two times before the end of the second week. If you take the quiz twice, your most recent score will count. You will find the quiz in the Quizzes section of Desire2Learn.

  1. T or F? No previous science experience is required for this class.
  2. T or F? No previous history experience is required for this class.
  3. T or F? This course is self-paced, like a correspondence course.
  4. T or F? This course will require you to complete some assignments on weekends.
  5. T or F? For the purposes of this course, science is defined according to a philosophical conception of proper method (namely, hypothetico-deductivism).
  6. T or F? You are strongly encouraged to use your OU email account for this course.
  7. T or F? You will record many of your own grades at Desire2Learn, subject to an Honor Code.
  8. T or F? If you take a quiz twice, your best score counts.
  9. T or F? No previous web publishing experience is required for this class.
  10. T or F? Each week, there is one of the Starting Assumptions questions that you MUST answer.
  11. T or F? If email to you is returned as undeliverable, the instructor will send it to you again.
  12. T or F? You can check your total points by sending an email request to the instructor.
  13. T or F? No textbooks are required for this course; all assigned readings are online.
  14. T or F? You will use your OUNet ID and password to access the Confluence discussion board.
  15. T or F? You will take the quizzes for this course at Confluence.
  16. T or F? An Interpretation essay must express an argument.
  17. T or F? You will be assigned a Wikipedia page to revise by the instructor.
  18. T or F? Extra credit is given for finding typos and broken links in the class website.
  19. T or F? The Wikipedia Editing Project accounts for one-half of your total grade for the course.
  20. T or F? 350 B.C. was in the 3rd century B.C.
  21. T or F? 350 A.D. was in the 4th century A.D.
  22. T or F? 350 A.D. fell in the period known as the middle ages.
  23. T or F? The Oxford English Dictionary is the best dictionary to cite in an essay dealing with the meaning of an English word in the past.
  24. T or F? As in a correspondence course, you can work at your own pace, so long as you complete the course within 9 months.
  25. T or F? Getting a virus or experiencing an interruption of Internet access are valid excuses for late work.
  26. T or F? You are strongly encouraged to complete assignments at least one day ahead of the due date.
  27. T or F? You should check the Announcements calendar every day you work on this course.
  28. T or F? A “primary source” refers to the main textbook for a course, or the source you rely upon most heavily.
  29. T or F? An Interpretation essay must be written in an analytical style.
  30. T or F? It is okay to make a gradebook declaration after you have written an essay in a file that resides only on your computer, so long as you are planning to upload it to Confluence later.
  31. T or F? A single violation of the Honor Code will result in a zero for that assignment and a final grade in the class lowered by one letter grade.
  32. T or F? A second violation of the Honor Code in this class could result in a Provost reprimand for academic misconduct on a student’s permanent transcript.
  33. T or F? A good way to communicate with the instructor in this course is to send a message using the Pager feature in Desire2Learn.
  34. T or F? Ibn Rushd is a Latinized form of Avicenna.


"It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realise that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract." -- Alan Shepherd (November 18, 1923 - July 21, 1998), the first American astronaut in space.".

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HSCI 3013. History of Science to 17th centuryCreative Commons license
Kerry Magruder, Instructor, 2004
Brent Purkaple, TA

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Many thanks to the pedagogical model developed in Mythology and Folklore and other online courses by Laura Gibbs, which have been an inspiration for this course.

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This course is currently undergoing major reconstruction to bring it into alignment with the new version of the course at Janux