Aug 13, 2022  

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SCI 099 - Foundation For Science

Credits: 4
Develops competency in content and skills in college science classes and intended for students unsure of adequacy of preparation for college science. Includes use of scientific method, measurement practices in metrics, communicating and presenting scientific data, classification techniques, spatial relationships, and maps. Presents methods for improving science study skills, note taking, data recording and analysis. (Cannot be counted toward Natural Science or lab credit.) Does not earn credit toward graduation. Credit may be earned in SCI 099 or in SCI 100 but not both.

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Lecture Hours: 75 Lab Hours: 15
Meets MTA Requirement: None
Pass/NoCredit: No

Outcomes and Objectives
  1. Recognize symptoms of science anxiety and employ appropriate methods to reduce\remove anxiety.
  2. Make observations, collect appropriate data, and classify data (information) given a specific situation.
  3. Frame hypothesis, design experiment to test hypothesis, and test the validity of the hypothesis, when given an appropriate problem and associated observations.
  4. Problem solve, using standard techniques.
  5. Read science materials and judging the appropriateness of journal articles for the general public on scientific issues.
  6. Understand of scientific inquiry methods.
    1. Explain the terms hypothesis, theory, and law, and to differentiate between the common meaning of these terms and their meaning within the scientific community.
    2. List logical steps of scientific methodology used to investigate a problem.
    3. Differentiate between an experimental group and control group.
    4. Identify the components of a well designed experiment.
  7. Participate in the process of science.
    1. Make observations.
    2. Design experiments.
    3. Conduct experiments.
    4. Formulate and test hypotheses.
    5. Collect data.
    6. Analyze data.
    7. Draw conclusions.
    8. Report results.
  8. Demonstrate the competent use of common instruments and technology used in scientific investigation.
    1. Use computers for simulation and tutorials.
    2. Use common instruments of measure to determine mass, length, volume, and temperature.
    3. Correctly use various kinds of scientific equipment and metering devices.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of how scientists communicate and competently communicate about scientific topics.
    1. Explain the rationale for clear concise communication within the science disciplines.
    2. Cite, in an appropriate format, the source of a scientific article.
    3. Determine the audience for which a scientific article is written.
    4. Utilize the library as an appropriate choice for science literary research.
    5. Critically read material from a general science textbook.
    6. Critically read a scientific article.
    7. Effectively write a laboratory report using correct scientific format.
    8. Clearly record observations and results.
    9. Listen actively about scientific material.
    10. Speak effectively about scientific material.
    11. Make a presentation of experimental results.
    12. Develop and interpret graphs and flow charts.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to think critically.
    1. Integrate concepts.
    2. Draw logical conclusions.
    3. Make predictions based on evidence.
    4. Identify trends and patterns.
    5. Distinguish between simple correlation and cause-and-effect.
    6. Use a matrix or other problem solving techniques to solve logic problems.
    7. Identify properties by which sets of objects can be serially ordered and construct a serial order for each property.
  11. Demonstrate competency in using the metric system.
    1. Explain the value of using the metric system in scientific investigations
    2. Explain the relationships between the units of the metric system.
    3. Make conversions between units within the metric system.
    4. Accurately measure volume, mass and length using Sl units.
    5. Solve word problems using the metric system.
    6. Estimate metric quantities.
    7. Convert english units to metric units and vice versa.
  12. Demonstrate an ability to visualize three dimensional objects.
    1. Cite instances when scientists use three dimensional visualizations.
    2. Visualize two dimensional drawings as three dimensional objects.
    3. Create three dimensional models from two dimensional visuals.
  13. Demonstrate an understanding of how to study scientific material.
    1. Recognize their predominant learning style.
    2. Use coping strategies to facilitate learning when the style of delivery does not match their learning style.
    3. Practice note taking skills.
    4. Practice study skills.
    5. Develop test taking strategies.
    6. Work in a collaborative learning environment.

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