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Unformatted text preview: 6. Comprehensive Assessment Dawson College Science Program page 13 6. Comprehensive Assessment The Comprehensive Assessment establishes whether or not a student fulfills the requirements of the Exit Profile (i.e., has attained the programs objectives at the specified performance standard). In the case of a pre-university program, this should mean that the student is ready to begin university studies. There are three aspects of preparation for university studies: 1. to acquire knowledge of specific content; 2. to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills of the basic components of a rigorous scientific and general education; and 3. to master certain skills such as: the ability to analyze and synthesize; the ability to communicate effectively; the ability to apply acquired knowledge to new situations; and the ability to work autonomously. A student who has passed all of the science and General Education courses in the program has demonstrated knowledge of specific content and, hence, has attained the following Goals from the Exit Profile : 1. To master the knowledge and skills of a basic scientific education; and 2. To master the knowledge and skills of a basic general education. Therefore, the Comprehensive Assessment need not attempt to directly measure the attainment of these two Goals . The Comprehensive Assessment should rather set tasks that incorporate these two competencies while specifically testing the attainment of the remaining 12 Goals described in the Exit Profile . To demonstrate the attainment of these 12 Goals , the student will build a portfolio by completing and passing a project in each of three science courses and in the Block B French course. Each project in a science course will contribute ten marks towards the final grade in the course, and as a part of the course work, be graded by the teacher in that course. A student whose project receives a failing mark will be allowed to re-submit a revised project to the teacher. At the end of the students last semester, the Science Program Curriculum Committee will verify that the student has successfully completed all four portfolio components. The first portfolio item will be a compulsory experiment and report in General Biology I . The second item will be the project in the students Block B French course. Each of the remaining two items will be done in science courses normally taken in third and fourth semesters. These are: Human Anatomy and Physiology ; Organic Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry II ; Physical Geology ; Linear Algebra , Calculus III and Probability and Statistics ; Waves, Optics and Modern Physics (Health Science Profile), Electricity and Magnetism , Engineering Physics and Astrophysics ....
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- Fall '09