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The programme is in two distinct parts. First, Dr. Keith Attenborough presents information that resulted from the surveys carried out, and questionnaires filled in by T100 students during 1972 on n...oise and its effects. For instance, his graphs and histograms depict percentages of students disturbed by specified noises, and typical background levels for specified times and places. In the main part of the programme Professor Geoff Holister and Professor John Beishon examine the problems raised by the motor car in both, industry and society, and exemplify the way in which T100 itself has examined these. They introduce clips of tv and radio programmes already broadcast as part of the course, and remind students of pertinent references in the correspondence texts. The teaching message is that T100 has given students the right tools with which to tackle simple technological problems.
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Module code and title: T100, The man-made world: a foundation course
Item code: T100; 34
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Duration: 00:25:00
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Contributors: Ronald John Beishon; Geoffrey Holister
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Histograms; Noise survey questionnaire; Results analysis; Social consequences; Vehicle pollution
Footage description: Holister introduces the programme. Keith Attenborough sums up the noise experiment carried out by O.U. students during the course. Animated captions aid his commentary. (Students answered two questionaires on their attitude to noise and took readings of industrial and background noise levels in their areas. Attenborough gives the results) Holister discusses some aspects of the inter-relatedness of most technological problems. John Beishon briefly examines the social problems caused by the motor car. An animated cartoon helps to illustrate some of the car's social costs. Holister continues the discussion on problems caused by the motor car and introduces a sequence from T100/33. Sequence from T100/33 showing examples of design failures and discussion on the misuse of technology. Holister introduces sequence from T100/30 - Traffic in Norwich. Sequence from T100/30 showing animated map of the changes to be made under the Norwich Draft Urban Plan. J. Beishon briefly examines some of the shortcomings of applying a cost benefit analysis to sociotechnical problems. Holister and Beishon lead, in to an excerpt from T100/23 on the Forrester computer forecast of world environmental conditions under a variety of inputs. Sequence from T100/23 sequence shows the animated graph. and control units. Holister takes up the problem of recycling natural resources to achieve a steady state condition. He introduces the sequence from T100/04 showing the breaking up of car bodies for scrap metal (steel). Another message of Sequence 4; T100/04. Car bodies are crushed and steel is extracted by the cold, liquid process. Beishon discusses electric automobiles as a pollution free method of transportation. He examines some of the problems involved in supplying this tremendous potential demand for electricity. Problem of siting electric stations examined. Problems caused in conversion to nuclear produced electricity discussed. A sequence from Radio programme T100/21 featuring Dr. Schumacher deals with this topic. G. Holister sums up the programme.
Master spool number: 6HT/70815
Production number: 00521_2538
Videofinder number: 2180
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