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SCI 202: Interdisciplinary Science Lab

Course Description

This lab course will focus on introducing 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 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. (1 credit)

Prerequisite

  • None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Examine the causes of environmental issues and the possible impacts on the local community.
  2. Demonstrate the research process: How to select and research an environmental topic and incorporate such research into a research paper.
  3. 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)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Points

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

220

24%

Topic Selection and Outline (Week 1 & 3)

100

11%

Final Report (Week 8)

600

65%

Total

920

100%

Required Text

  • None

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.”

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

2

Topic: Topic Selection

  • Submit Topic Selection
  • Participate in Threaded Discussion, 1 topic

2

1,2,3

Topic: Research Topic Discussion

  • Participate in Threaded Discussions, 2 topics

3

1,2,3

Topic: Field Experience Action Plan

  • Submit Field Experience Action Plan
  • Participate in Threaded Discussions, 1 topic

4

1,2,3

Topic: Field Experience Effort

  • Participate in Threaded Discussions, 2 topics

5

1,2,3

Topic: Field Experience Effort (continue)

  • Participate in Threaded Discussions, 2 topics

6

1,2,3

Topic: Field Experience Effort (finish)

  • Participate in Threaded Discussions, 2 topics

7

2,3

Topic: Draft Field Experience Report (optional)

  • Submit Draft Field Experience Report (optional)
  • Participate in Threaded Discussions, 1 topic

8

2,3

Topic: Field Experience Report

  • Submit Final 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.