This 8-week lab course will introduce the student to a current topic in a science of their choosing. The student will investigate a specific issue or topic related to their prior education and/or personal experience, establish a hypothesis (if applicable), and test the hypothesis through the scientific method. In an effort to complete this 1-credit course, the student will select an issue or topic, perform a “lab experience” effort (conduct field work, visit a facility, interview expert sources, etc.), and submit a Lab Experience Action Plan, Draft Lab Experience Report (optional), and a Final Lab Experience Report in American Psychological Association (APA) format. Traditional and web-based research methods and resources will be required and demonstrated throughout the course and specifically in the Final Lab Experience Report. The student will participate in weekly discussions related to their lab experience efforts and current events related to their issue or topic.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Examine the causes of environmental issues and the possible impacts on the local community.
- Demonstrate the research process: How to select and research an environmental topic and incorporate such research into a research paper.
- Demonstrate the writing process: How to organize material, prepare an outline, collect and organize resources, draft and revise a paper in accordance with American Psychological Association (APA) rules.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Topic Selection and Outline (Week 1 & 3)
Final Report (Week 8)
Supplemental Readings and Materials
None. Students are encouraged to use the library resources which are available to all COSC students. The appropriate links to these resources are provided in the Blackboard® course shell under “COSC Resources.”
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Topic Selection
Topic: Research Topic Discussion
Topic: Field Experience Action Plan
Topic: Field Experience Effort
Topic: Field Experience Effort (continue)
Topic: Field Experience Effort (finish)
Topic: Draft Field Experience Report (optional)
Topic: Field Experience Report
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.