General Education Course Approval Request
Foundations of Science and the Natural World

 

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Is this course WAC-certified? 

Are multiple sections offered?: If yes, is there a common syllabus? 


If there is no common syllabus, how will the department/program maintain consistency of content and objectives?

 



Foundations of Science and the Natural World description
: Scientific principles are behind what we find in nature and in natural occurrences.  Scientific issues, such as those dealing with stem-cell research, cloning, and global warming, are hotly debated by policy makers.


Courses that meet this requirement share the goal of seeking to understand patterns and principles behind phenomena and occurrences, both in the inorganic world and in the living world.  They typically fall within either the physical sciences (Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, and the Earth Sciences) or the Biological sciences.


Learning objectives are associated with each category of the General Education Curriculum.  For each learning objective listed below, please:


1. Describe how the course will meet the learning objectives; and

2. State where each learning objective will be evidenced (e.g., examples of paper topics, questions on exams, syllabus).  Please be as concrete as possible.


Learning objective #1:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of the nature of science, including important principles and paradigms.


How will the course meet this objective?


Where will the learning objective be evidenced?

 


Learning objective #2:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of the limits of scientific knowledge and of how scientific knowledge changes.


How will the course meet this objective?

 


Where will the learning objective be evidenced?

 

 

 


Learning objective #3:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry and its ethical standards, in particular how to pose questions and how to develop possible explanations.

 


How will the course meet this objective?

 


Where will the learning objective be evidenced?

 


Learning objective #4:  Students will demonstrate an ability to discern claims based on rigorous scientific methods from those based on illogical or incomplete scientific methods.


How will the course meet this objective?

 


Where will the learning objective be evidenced?

 


If the course includes a lab (as in many four-credit courses), please address the following additional learning objectives.

 
Lab learning objective #1:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of how experiments are conducted
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How will the lab meet this objective?

 


Where will the learning objective be evidenced?

 


Lab learning objective #2:  Students will be able to analyze resulting data.

How will the lab meet this objective?


Where will the learning objective be evidenced?

 


Lab learning objective #3:  Students will be able to draw appropriate conclusions from such data.


How will the lab meet this objective?

 


Where will the learning objective be evidenced?

 

 


In addition to the learning objectives associated with each category, the General Education Curriculum has specific overall objectives:

 


[The] FAU general education curriculum is a carefully devised program that draws on many subject areas to provide and reinforce essential skills and values from different points of view.  It equips students with the academic tools they will need to succeed, not only as undergraduates in their degree programs but also as responsible citizens in a complex world.  The courses that comprise the FAU general education curriculum combine to develop:

1. Knowledge in several different disciplines;
2. The ability to think critically;
3. The ability to communicate effectively;
4. An appreciation for how knowledge is discovered, challenged, and transformed as it advances; and
5. An understanding of ethics and ethical behavior.

We do not expect every course to meet all of these objectives, but we hope that you will consider ways to more fully address them when the new curriculum is introduced in fall 2009.


Please describe below how the course will meet these objectives.

General Education objective #1:
Knowledge in several different disciplines.


The course approaches the subject from the standpoint of the following discipline, disciplines, or sub-disciplines:


 

General Education objective #2:  The ability to think critically.

 


How will the course meet this objective?

 

 


Where will the learning objective be evidenced?

 

 

 


General Education objective #3:  The ability to communicate effectively.

 


How will the course meet this objective?

 

 


Where will the learning objective be evidenced?

 

 

 


General Education objective #4: 
An appreciation for how knowledge is discovered, challenged, and transformed as it advances.

 


How will the course meet this objective?

 

           

Where will the learning objective be evidenced?

 


General Education objective #5:  An understanding of ethics and ethical behavior.  


How will the course meet this objective?

 

 


Where will the learning objective be evidenced?




After clicking the "Submit" button below, please send a copy of your course syllabus using the attach function to Diane Aragon at daragon@fau.edu.
 

  

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