Course Number and Title: SCI 107 Explorations on the Delaware Bay
The course provides students with the opportunity to conduct multi-disciplinary, collaborative, hands-on research of environmental issues facing the Delaware Bay. Students are introduced to themes and skills that will be expanded upon in their program science courses. This is the first of a two-semester sequence.
- Apply the scientific method to investigate an environmental topic. (CCC 1, 2, 6)
- Use information literacy skills to access, locate, evaluate, and use information sources. (CCC 4, 5, 6)
- Apply explicit reading strategies to improve fluency and comprehension, and apply explicit writing strategies for discipline-specific assignments. (CCC 1)
- Use mathematical principles to analyze discipline-specific data. (CCC 2, 6)
- Perform and analyze laboratory activities related to environmental studies. (CCC 2, 3, 6)
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Apply the scientific method to investigate an environmental topic.
- Outline the steps used in research.
- Define discipline-specific research questions.
- Discuss elements of experimental design.
- Describe data collection strategies.
- Construct a scientific argument.
- Communicate scientific findings in a variety of formats.
- Use information literacy skills to access, locate, evaluate, and use information sources.
- Identify characteristics and appropriate uses of various types of information resources.
- Identify keywords to formulate a search strategy to find information.
- Apply an effective search strategy to find information.
- Evaluate the authority, accuracy, and objectivity of a source.
- Apply strategies to avoid plagiarism.
- Apply explicit reading strategies to improve fluency and comprehension, and apply explicit writing strategies for discipline-specific assignments
- Employ appropriate active reading strategies before, during, and after reading.
- Use planning, drafting, and revising strategies.
- Respond to readings through oral and written response.
- Use discipline-specific terminology in discussions and written responses.
- Use mathematical principles to analyze discipline-specific data.
- Interpret circle, line, and bar graphs.
- Represent and analyze data graphically.
- Calculate the mean, median, mode, and standard deviation for a set of data.
- Use appropriate United States standard and metric units.
- Analyze data using scientific calculators and Excel.
- Perform and analyze laboratory activities related to environmental studies.
- Compare methods used in environmental disciplines.
- Conduct discipline-specific experiments.
- Use data collection methods appropriate to the discipline.
- Analyze results from laboratory activities.
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.