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SYLLABUSFA10 - NSCI 105 - Issues in Biology Syllabus Fall...

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NSCI 105 - Issues in Biology Syllabus Fall 2010 Instructor Jay Wildt, MBA, RRT, RPFT Office: 620 CTB Office Phone: 357-4851 Email: jwildt@ucwv.edu Office Hours: Please make an appointment to avoid scheduling conflicts MF: 11:00 – 12:00; 1:30 – 4:00 TW: 3:00 – 4:00 W: 11:30 – 12:30 C OURSE ( CATALOG ) DESCRIPTION NSCI 105 is a general course offered as part of the non-science major general studies requirements. The course provides students with an introduction to biological principles, critical thinking skills, communication skills, and global awareness as it relates to the sciences. The course is designed to foster an understanding of biology as a process of discovery and hypothesis testing. NSCI 105 is offered each semester as part of the FYE program. P REREQUISITES - None. R EQUIRED RESOURCES The College Writer, A Guide to Thinking, Writing and Researching: Second or Third Edition, written by VanderMay, Meyer, Van Rys & Sebrank. Publisher: Houghton- Mifflin Co. C OURSE L EARNING O UTCOMES Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: 1) Demonstrate the nature of scientific thought. 2) Explain the term hypothesis and demonstrate its use i.e., how the hypothesis can be tested, and the difference between the null and alternate forms of the hypothesis. 3) Define the concept of falsification. 4) Use adequate skills in written communication in the proper "style of science." 5) Communicate electronically, to include word processing, graphing, and spreadsheets. 6) Apply a foundational level of scientific literacy to laboratory experimentation.
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7) Understand the concepts of data analysis by use of means, medians, modes, variance and standard deviation. 8) Interpret the concepts of probability as it applies to science. 9) Discuss some of the basic ideas and theories of biological and environmental science and describe some of the problems inherent in answering questions within those areas. 10) Demonstrate an understanding of global awareness as it relates to biological and environmental science. 11) Act in a responsible manner regarding attendance and acceptance of responsibility for education. 12) Earn an additional three credit hours for successfully completing the COMM 101 or COMM102 portfolio. U NIVERSITY L IBERAL L EARNING O UTCOMES This course will satisfy the following university liberal learning outcomes. 1) Science 6.1.02: The graduate demonstrates understanding of the fundamental theories in the biological sciences. 2) Science 6.1.04: The graduate comprehends the distinction between observation and inference. 3) Science 6.1.05: The graduate understands the deliberate strategy of forming and testing hypotheses, and how theories are formed, tested, validated, and accorded provisional acceptance and demonstrate the ability to use the scientific method. 4)
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