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)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
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.
Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
- 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.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.