Scientific Inquiry

Scientific Inquiry (SI) Course Guidelines

 

Regulation

One five-credit course or equivalent.

Description

Courses that carry the SI GE designation teach students about the essential role of observation, hypothesis, experimentation and measurement in the physical, social, life, or technological sciences. Students should acquire key concepts, facts, and theories relevant to the scientific method. By the end of the course they should be able to articulate an understanding of the value of scientific thinking in relation to issues of societal importance.

Such courses would allow students to acquie key concepts, facts, and theories relevant to the :

A. physical scientific method

B. social science aspect

C. life sciences

D. tehnological method

Educational goals/outcomes

Students will:

  •  Learn about the essential role of observation, hypothesis, experimentation and measurement in the sciences.

  • Acquire key concepts, facts, and theories relevant to physical, social, life, or technological sciences.

  • Learn to address the relevance of scientific hypotheses or methodology to life outside the classroom setting in relation to issues of societal importance.

Questions

1. Which of the above approaches to addressing the SI GE does this course offer?

2. Please identify the assignments that will allow students to acquire key concepts, facts, and theories relevant to the specific scientific method.  Please do not refer reviewers to the syllabus.

3. Please describe how the students' satisfaction of the educational objective for the GE requirement will be assessed.