Syllabus for APS-401



This capstone course is designed to provide knowledge on the identification, analysis and synthesis of current trends and incremental changes in the technical area of study. Students apply the knowledge in the assessment of the potential impact of a current trend or incremental change influencing a discipline, while recommending an action plan or additional investigation.


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Apply the knowledge and skills required for a technical leadership role in applied science and technology areas.
  2. Express strategic insight into the products, technologies, and market segments driving an industry’s growth.
  3. Identify historical patterns and future impact within areas of science and technology.
  4. Depict the dependency of science and technology when developing new solutions or applications.
  5. Analyze how new technologies can directly and indirectly affect existing applications.
  6. Create a strategy to mitigate risk, manage change and acceptance during the introduction of new technologies.
  7. Assess methods and processes to identify gaps in technology in order to create opportunities for future applications.
  8. Evaluate how external influences can affect the public perception and wide scale acceptance of emerging technologies.


There are no textbooks required for this course.

Web links to recommended readings are included in each Module. You should also search journal articles through the research databases for your final project. Log into the myEdison portal and locate the My Resources section. Under the Educational tab, you will find links to several resources.


Current Trends and Applications in Applied Science and Technology is a three-credit online course, consisting of four modules. Modules include topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, finish a final project, and take an ETS HEIghten™ assessment. See below for more details.

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

In addition to an ungraded Introductions Forum in Module 1, Current Trends and Applications in Applied Science and Technology requires you to participate in eight graded online discussion forums. For this course, you are required to make a minimum of four comments on the responses of at least two other classmates. Your initial posting should include more than three resources, which must be referenced using APA style.

Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct assignments: an initial response to a posted question and subsequent comments on classmates' responses.

You will be evaluated both on the quality of your responses (i.e., your understanding of readings and concepts as demonstrated by well-articulated, critical thinking) and quantity of your participation (i.e., the number of times you participate meaningfully in the assigned forums). Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

Meaningful participation in online discussions is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement.

For posting guidelines and help with discussion forums, please see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete four written assignments. The written assignments consist of specific topics defined in each course module focusing on the areas below:

This expertise is vital when developing and commercializing new applications. The course consists of readings and discussions in general science and technology issues and trends, and the application of the material to specific areas of technology. The latter is accomplished via the development of a course project by each student in their science and technology area of interest. Each written assignment is structured to build upon the previous ones. The final project will contain the four written assignments combined as an integrated document including all of the changes made based on the instructor’s feedback.

Prepare your written assignments using whatever word processing program you have on your computer. Include your name at the top of the paper, as well as the course name and code and the semester and year in which you are enrolled.

Before submitting your first assignment, check with your mentor to determine whether your word processing software is compatible with your mentor's software. If so, you can submit your work as you prepared it. If not, save your assignment as a rich-text (.rtf) file, using the Save As command of your software program. Rich text retains basic formatting and can be read by any other word processing program.

For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Final Project

There will be a final project as stated in Written Assignments section. There are no quizzes or examinations in this course. Consult the Course Calendar for when the final project must be submitted.

For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

ETS HEIghten™ Assessment

The HEIghten™ Critical Thinking assessment is a required component of the course. The assessment, offered through Educational Testing Service (ETS), evaluates college students’ ability to demonstrate two central aspects of critical thinking: Analytical and Synthetic skills. It is a widely accepted standardized assessment tool that will provide the College with important data to assess the College’s overall quality and effectiveness in meeting the needs of our students. It serves as a valuable tool in helping us measure progress in achieving established learning goals and evaluate the effectiveness of our programs.

The HEIghten™ Critical Thinking assessment is administered in a proctored, online format by ProctorU, a remote proctoring service that allows you to test in a location convenient to you. To test remotely, you must have a computer equipped with a webcam, microphone, and high-speed Internet access, as well as a private location such as a home office. The assessment should take you approximately 45–60 minutes to complete. The confidentiality of your responses and scores will be protected. Your individual score will not be recorded, but you will receive 2% of your overall grade for completing the assessment. Consult the Course Calendar for the due dates for taking this test.

For more information on the ETS HEIghten™ assessment and how to access the test, see the ETS Proficiency Profile Test section of the course Web site.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


Thomas Edison State College is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The College expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the College community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the College Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State College is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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