Core Curriculum

Course Outcomes Blueprint for Science Exploration

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The CCC encourages departments to align their Core assessment work with their on-going participation in degree program assessment through the Office of Academic Assessment’s ASLP’s (Assessment of Student Learning Plans).  “Recycling” is encouraged in the form of avoiding duplication of effort and/or reporting.  Departments may import information from their ASLP’s to this blueprint, and vice-versa.

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Learning Outcomes

[Note: All SE courses should engage students in all seven of the SE outcomes]

Outcome 1

Core Learning Outcome

After completing an SE course, students will:
Articulate the boundaries of science and how science differs from other disciplines both in content and methodology including how scientists create knowledge of natural processes through scientific methods.

Outcome 2

Core Learning Outcome

After completing an SE course, students will:
Identify ethical issues involved in the practice and application of science.

Outcome 3

Core Learning Outcome

After completing an SE course, students will:
Discuss the relevance of science in their lives and how it may affect them in their public and private roles (e.g., community member, family member, consumer, producer).

Outcome 4

Core Learning Outcome

After completing an SE course, students will:
Understand and be able to use the vocabulary and concepts of the science, building science literacy regarding natural processes in the world.

Outcome 5

Core Learning Outcome

After completing an SE course, students will:
Use quantitative reasoning skills in the solution of science problems.

Outcome 6

Core Learning Outcome

After completing an SE course, students will:
Discuss the strengths and the limitations of the sciences, and recognize that scientists differ in their interpretations of data.

Outcome 7

Core Learning Outcome

After completing an SE course, students will:
Demonstrate skills of effective communication and analysis.

Course Characteristic 1
Students will be introduced to science literature and some of the means of accessing it.
Course Characteristic 2
A science exploration course will include the equivalent of three credits of lecture and one credit of laboratory. The lab will provide hands-on activities that complement the lecture part of the course.