(minimum 750 words; no maximum)Technology is often the product of people and their circumstances, yet its influence also far surpasses its immediate environment. This understanding of technology helps to explain the resulting changes to human behavior that occur over time, especially when one considers the historical periods involved in the development and distributions of specific technologies.In keeping with the idea that some technologies may possess inherent value-laden qualities, consider how the invention of mechanized timekeeping devices (such as the mechanical clock) have radically changed human behavior over the last 1000 years.For this assignment, explain the historical context and cultural traditions which led to the development of the mechanical clock. Do research on how the development and adoption of the mechanical clock in Europe later affected the United States. Be sure to give examples. Then, consider your own experience with a form of artifactual timekeeping. Consider the influence that precision in accurate timekeeping has had upon your own behavior, both in your everyday life and especially as an engineer.In your write up, be sure to:1. Describe the history of the mechanical clock, including at least one influence that led to its development (e.g., historical, cultural, religious, social, economic, political).2. Explain how the mechanical clock gave rise to the concept of artifactual time.3. Explain how precision in accurate timekeeping affected human behavior in both Europe and the United States. Give examples.4. Think about how artifactual timekeeping has affected your own behavior, both in your everyday life and especially as an engineer. That is, consider the importance of measuring time with accuracy and precision that makes possible your training as an engineer.GradingWrite an essay that addresses the questions above. When you respond to these questions, you should be specific and cite specific details from the readings, class lectures, and your own research. You may provide references from your own research, but only in addition to material provided by the course. Also, you should make sure to cite your sources in your response and include a reference list at the end of your essay. Citations must be from reputable sources. Sites like Wikipedia, about.com, etc. are NOT considered acceptable sources. Higher credit will be given for responses that show evidence of a systematic and comprehensive understanding of the topics involved.You are encouraged to review the rubric for this assignment and make sure that you answer each question in detail and with specifics.Correct use of English is a fundamental requirement for your papers to be graded. If errors in English make it difficult for a grader to understand your sentences, or excessively slow down the grader to mark your technical errors, your paper will be returned to you for further work on its English, and your grade for the paper will be deferred until it is resubmitted with corrected English. If your assignment is returned for an excessive number of grammatical errors, you will be allowed to rewrite and resubmit it within two weeks of the original return date. If not resubmitted by the date set by your instructor, you will receive a zero (0) for the writing assignment.FormattingStandard font, preferably Arial in either 11pt or 12pt.MLA, APA, or any other format is acceptable provided that it is consistent through the entire paper. Please, no cover sheets.CriteriaRatingsPtsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeThesis20.0 ptsThesis is clear and coherent throughout the entire paper.17.0 ptsThesis is clear and coherent throughout most of the paper.14.0 ptsThesis is intelligible, but needs work.10.0 ptsThesis is unclear or incoherent.6.0 ptsThesis is missing.0.0 ptsNo observable effort in writing a thesis.20.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeHistory of the Mechanical Clock20.0 ptsHistory of the mechanical clock and influences upon its development are clear and relevant.17.0 ptsHistory of the mechanical clock and influences upon its development are sufficiently clear and relevant.14.0 ptsHistory of the mechanical clock and influences upon its development are intelligible, but need work.10.0 ptsHistory of the mechanical clock and influences upon its development are unclear or irrelevant.6.0 ptsHistory and influences are missing.0.0 ptsNo observable effort in telling history.20.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeThe Clock, Europe, and the USA.20.0 ptsExplanation of the clock’s influence on Europe and the USA is clear and detailed.17.0 ptsExplanation of the clock’s influence on Europe and the USA is sufficiently clear and detailed.14.0 ptsExplanation of the clock’s influence on Europe and the USA is intelligible, but needs work.10.0 ptsExplanation of the clock’s influence on Europe and the USA is unclear and irrelevant.6.0 ptsExplanation is missing.0.0 ptsNo observable effort in explaining.20.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePersonal Reflection20.0 ptsReflection upon the influence of artifactual timekeeping, in both one’s personal life and as an engineer, is clear and detailed.17.0 ptsReflection upon the influence of artifactual timekeeping, in both one’s personal life and as an engineer, is sufficiently clear and detailed.14.0 ptsReflection upon the influence of artifactual timekeeping is intelligible, but needs work.10.0 ptsReflection upon the influence of artifactual timekeeping is unclear and lacks detail.6.0 ptsReflection is missing.0.0 ptsNo observable effort in reflecting.20.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeEssay Mechanics20.0 ptsExecutes on spelling, grammar, and paragraph structure perfectly.17.0 ptsExecutes on spelling, grammar, and paragraph structure nearly perfectly.14.0 ptsExecutes on spelling, grammar, and paragraph structure intelligibly.10.0 ptsPervasive problems in spelling, grammar, sentence and/or paragraph structure.6.0 ptsEnough pervasive problems in spelling, grammar, sentence and/or paragraph structure to make overall essay very difficult to understand.0.0 ptsNo observable effort in essay mechanics.20.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSLO 2: Influences on U.S. culturethreshold: 3.0 pts5.0 ptsExceeds Expectations3.0 ptsMeets Expectations0.0 ptsDoes Not Meet Expectations–Total Points: 100.0
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