Welcome to SCI 100: Case Studies in the Sciences: First Year Justice Core Seminar. This course qualifies as a ZTC (Zero Textbook Cost) course, which means there is no required textbook for this course. Reading assignments for most classes will be posted on Blackboard or found under the "Course Calendar and Readings" on the class LibGuide, which features a drop-down menu of the readings/assignments by "Week".
This course examines case studies in the sciences and how to use them to understand real-world problems. Students will become familiar with the discipline of the natural sciences as well as policy, cultural, ethical, and professional considerations. This course will emphasize collaborative learning.
Case studies tell important stories about real-life controversy and allow students to role-play events they may be faced with in a professional setting.
The cases will focus on three topical areas:
1. Cell and molecular biology
Students will enhance their skills and knowledge in the following four categories:
a. Students will draw appropriate scientific conclusions from evidence and experimental data.
b. Students will critically evaluate current biological, chemical and physical knowledge, recognize the significance of the scientific process in problem solving and develop a valid research approach.
c. Students will determine and compose appropriate conclusions based on scientific evidence
d. Students will collect and evaluate evidence pertinent to an issue of justice using criteria or a framework appropriate to course content/subject matter
a. Students will acquire broad fundamental concepts, theories, and principles in physical and biological sciences.
b. Students will develop a good knowledge of basic science and current scientific discoveries relevant to their study and research.
c. Students will correctly apply information from popular media and primary scientific literature to support their perspectives and research findings.
3. Practical skills
a. Students will develop practical research skills, including emphasizing the role of objectivity in scientific data collection and how these relate to the system of professional ethics in science.
b. Students will apply research protocols for beginning foundations of doing research
c. Students will use se appropriate statistical analyses
d. Students will set academic and personal goals related to course requirements and college success
e. Students will use academic and social support resources to achieve identified personal and academic goals
f. Students will develop competence in oral and written forms of scientific communication using sound scientific reporting techniques
a. Students will assume an active and engaged role in collaborations
b. Students will identify and practice collaboration strategies
c. Students will recognize and support contributions of team members
Project Goal Evaluation and Outcomes
Students will assess the effectiveness of their own role in collaborations with people of diverse backgrounds
A key feature of the success of the seminar is for the students to work collaboratively with classmates in several different ways:
Listening to and commenting on others’ ideas in class discussions
Working in small groups during in-class activities, peer editing, and working together on group research projects.
Students will be asked to reflect critically on the classmates contributions to each of these elements in the portfolio entries and to consider what can be done to improve your collaborative skills. You are especially encouraged to model your planned improvements on successful collaborative practices demonstrated by your peers.
Students will submit, and periodically review, goals and timelines for more long-term projects, such as the group research project, and the Opportunity Project.
In addition, students will reflect on planning practices, academic growth, and personal growth, throughout the semester in the portfolio entries.
1) Present evidence of attendance at the event (letter, photo, program, etc).
2) Write a brief statement summarizing the event/activity
3) Write a brief reflection on what you got out of it.