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PHI 31 Scientific Reasoning

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    Jan 05, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I recommend the course, to to people in every major, who struggle with understanding passages. This course helps one learn how to efficiently break a passage down and understand its theme and motifs. The professor was also very helpful during office hours and willing sacrifice his time so help. The professor also gave a lot of learning opportunities, such as many extra credit assignments and practice exams to ensure my learning of the topics!

    Course highlights:

    The highlight of this course was the project. We created small groups, within our discussion sections, and got to choose a scientific episode to evaluate through a 6 step process. There are different types of evaluations of episodes , statistical, theoretical etc. Performing evaluations and drawing out the statistical diagrams taught me how to truly understand a passage and its validity and credibility.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    While learning about evaluating statistical hypotheses, don't be overwhelmed when seeing all the formulas for the first time! While reading the textbook, I was very intimidated at first, but while drawing out the diagrams and charts, the formulas will make sense logically.

    • Fall 2016
    • Griesemer
    • Great Intro to the Subject Great Discussions
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    Oct 30, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    This class is a bit boring, but the workload is very manageable. If this is a required class for you it isn't a bad one to take, but don't take it for a GE.

    Course highlights:

    This course teaches you how to look at sources and determine if they are reliable and if the article or experiment has come to the right conclusions.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    The professor puts the lectures online so if you miss a class you can easily get the material. Also, half way through the quarter he starts giving out extra credit for coming to class.

    • Fall 2016
    • Griesemer
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    Oct 14, 2015
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    It was a great GE class especially for being my first quarter at UC Davis. It was a great class to take to get a feel for the quarter system. This class is also doable for any type of course load for any student. Professor Griesemer's class plan and schedule for the quarter is outlined very well and easy to follow. He explains each topic very clearly and thoroughly and is on top of grading and communicating to students.

    Course highlights:

    From this class, I learned more about scientific reasoning and following a process that is similar to the scientific method. I liked how he has pre-recorded videos of his lecture, as well as posting a recording of his present lecture. These topics and causal processes can be applicable to everyday thought processes when approaching scientific articles.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    His practice tests are very helpful and similar to the layout of the actual test. This class is very doable for any student. There isn't a lot of background knowledge required for this class. Understanding the scientific method is helpful to understand systematic processes.

    • Fall 2014
    • JamesGrisemer
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