Jun 28, 2022
SCI 250 - Research Project In ScienceCredits: 2-6
Provides the opportunity to carry out original scientific research, integrating critical thinking with scientific principles and professional skills. Requires completion of a final research report which includes problem identification, procedure documentation, data analysis, and conclusions. Evaluation will be handled by the faculty and/or a team of experts. The minimum requirement is two credits. Beneficial to all science majors in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering.
Prerequisite(s): READING LEVEL 2 and WRITING LEVEL 2 and MATH LEVEL 2 and SCI 249 or SCI 249A and instructor permission.
Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 30-90
Meets MTA Requirement: Natural Science Lab
Outcomes and Objectives
- Demonstrate an understanding of how to complete a suitable scientific research project.
- Perform scientific research with well-defined goals and objectives
- Design a project that applies and develops an understanding of in-depth scientific concepts.
- Produce research that integrates a variety of methods and instrumentation that reinforces scientific skills and knowledge.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of laboratory safety and maintenance.
- Complete the agreement provided after reading the safety pr otocols and regulations of the science laboratory.
- Conduct safe lab procedures and recognize common laboratory hazards.
- Identify and locate all safety features within the laboratory (eye wash fountains, fire extinguishers, fire alarms fire blankets, etc.).
- Read procedures on a safe and ethical use of equipment and instrumentation used in the laboratory acknowledge your agreement by filling up the form provided.
- Dispose of all waste materials properly (chemicals, sharps, broken glassware), if necessary review Safety Data Sheets.
- Use personal protection (e.g. goggles, gloves, lab coat) properly.
- Clean up all work areas and return all equipment to designated areas before leaving the laboratory.
- Report any accidents, incidents or breakages immediately.
- Record experimental work to promote learning of good laboratory
- Locate Safety Data Sheets as needed.
- Use a laboratory notebook to communicate experimental concepts and results.
- Record and analyze the data and results of an experiment.
- Produce reports to inform others of your progress in the laboratory.
- Write a research/technical paper that effectively communicates scientific results.
- Present data in graphs, tables, figures and interpret scientific results.
- Compare scientific results to literature information and controls.
- Conclude appropriately from scientific observations and results.
- Assess the work and if it should be extended or provide reason for the lack of recommendations.
- Acknowledge specific people, including their title, who contributed significantly to the project.
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