Intellectual Foundations Program (IFP) Assessment - Foundations of Science and the Natural World

 

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Foundations of Science and the Natural World description
: Scientific principles are behind what we find in nature and in natural occurrences.  Scientific issues, such as those dealing with stem-cell research, cloning, and global warming, are hotly debated by policy makers.


Courses that meet this requirement share the goal of seeking to understand patterns and principles behind phenomena and occurrences, both in the inorganic world and in the living world.  They typically fall within either the physical sciences (Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, and the Earth Sciences) or the Biological sciences.


Learning objectives are associated with each category of the Intellectual Foundations Program.  For each learning objective listed below, please describe how and where the course will meet each learning objective.  In other words, provide the assessment committee a “road map” of where each objective can be found in the course.  Some objectives might be readily seen in student papers or exams.  Other objectives, however, might be far less “visible.”  They might come through course lectures or class discussions, for example.  Your responses below need not be lengthy, but you should be as explicit as possible.


Learning objective #1: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the nature of science, including important principles and paradigms.


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Learning objective #2:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of the limits of scientific knowledge and of how scientific knowledge changes.


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Learning objective #3:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry and its ethical standards, in particular how to pose questions and how to develop possible explanations.

 

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Learning objective #4:  Students will demonstrate an ability to discern claims based on rigorous scientific methods from those based on illogical or incomplete scientific methods.


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If the course includes a lab (as in many four-credit courses), please address the following additional learning objectives.

 
Lab learning objective #1:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of how experiments are conducted
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Lab learning objective #2:  Students will be able to analyze resulting data.

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Lab learning objective #3:  Students will be able to draw appropriate conclusions from such data.


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In addition to the learning objectives associated with each category, the Intellectual Foundations Program has specific overall objectives:

 


The FAU general education curriculum is a carefully devised program that draws on many subject areas to provide and reinforce essential skills and values from different points of view.  It equips students with the academic tools they will need to succeed, not only as undergraduates in their degree programs but also as responsible citizens in a complex world.  The courses that comprise the FAU general education curriculum combine to develop:

1. Knowledge in several different disciplines;
2. The ability to think critically;
3. The ability to communicate effectively;
4. An appreciation for how knowledge is discovered, challenged, and transformed as it advances; and
5. An understanding of ethics and ethical behavior.

We do not expect every course to meet all of these objectives.  We do hope, however, that in the future you will explore ways to better integrate the learning objectives into your course.


Please describe below how the course will meet these objectives.

General Education objective #1:
Knowledge in several different disciplines.


The course approaches the subject from the standpoint of the following discipline, disciplines, or sub-disciplines:


 

General Education objective #2:  The ability to think critically.

 

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General Education objective #3:  The ability to communicate effectively.

 

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General Education objective #4:  An appreciation for how knowledge is discovered, challenged, and transformed as it advances.

 

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General Education objective #5:  An understanding of ethics and ethical behavior.  


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