Survey of Science

Course Description:
A non-lab remedial/certificate science course that emphasizes the development of science concepts for natural and physical sciences such as chemistry, physics, earth science and biology, and hands-on experience to promote basic science skills such as measurement and the use of the scientific method of inquiry to explore the natural environment. In addition, scientific literacy and reading comprehension will be addressed to assist students in furthering their science education

  • Prerequisite Courses: none

A. PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOS):
The student will be able to:

  1. Define and explain scientific concepts, principles, and theories of a field of science.
  2. Perform experiments that use scientific methods as part of the inquiry process.

B. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOS) - GENERAL
The student will be able to:

  1. Develop skills for content reading and comprehension of written scientific materials from a variety of sources.
  2. Apply the scientific method in solving case problems.
  3. Develop skills for presenting and interpreting scientific data in charts, graphs or diagrams.
  4. Recognize applications of basic scientific concepts in Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Science.
  5. Discuss scientific issues affecting human lives.

SLO

PLO 1

PLO 2

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3

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4

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5

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I = Introduced
D = Demonstrated
M = Mastered

C. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOS) – SPECIFIC
The student will be able to:

General SLO 1: Develop skills for content reading and comprehension of written scientific materials from a variety of sources.

Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment strategies

1.1. Distinguish facts from opinions, restate facts, summarize a passage and find the main idea of a passage

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy

1.2. Analyze ideas by sequencing events, determining cause and effect and making references

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy

1.3. Build vocabulary by use of compound words, before and after events, determining word meanings by context, translating scientific statements to common non-scientific English

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy

1.4. Evaluate ideas like values and beliefs by critical reading, and how and where to get information.

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy.

General SLO 2: Apply the scientific method in solving case problems.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment strategies

2.1. Formulate a problem

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy

2.2. Collect facts about the problem

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy

2.3. Make a hypothesis

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy

2.4 Test a hypothesis

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy

2.5 Determine errors in an experiment

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy

2.6 Decide on a theory

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy

General SLO 3: Develop skills for presenting and interpreting data in charts, graphs or diagrams.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment strategies

3.1. Read charts and graphs

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy

3.2. Prepare charts and graphs from raw data

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy

3.3. Make conclusions from charts and graphs

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy

General SLO 4: Recognize applications of basic scientific concepts in Biology, Physics, chemistry and Earth Science..


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment strategies

4.1. Identify the parts of a cell and their functions, classify living things, discuss photosynthesis and respiration and identify the different systems of the body and their functions

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy

4.2. Convert units of length, mass and time from one system to another, compute for force and work, and identify the simple machines found in complex machines.

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy

4.3. Determine formulas of ionic and covalent compounds and name them, identify phases of matter and their classifications

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy

4.4. Arrange animals into food webs and identify their relationships with the environment

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy

4.5. Identify the different parts of the earth, discuss soil conservation, weather and the physical factors affecting agriculture.

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy

General SLO 5: Discuss scientific issues (chemical use, pollution and environmental) affecting human lives.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment strategies

5.1 Identify dangerous chemicals in food and drugs and their effects on the body

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy

5.2 Define pollution (land, water and air) and discuss its effect on ecology

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy

5.3 Identify human activities and their impact on the terrestrial and marine environment.

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy

5.4 Discuss issues on food production.

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy

5.5 Discuss issues on land and water for agriculture

Students will submit class work, assignments and quizzes with at least 70% accuracy

D. COURSE CONTENT

  1. Understanding what you read
  2. Understanding illustrations
  3. Building vocabulary
  4. Evaluating ideas
  5. Cells and functions
  6. The 6 kingdoms of life
  7. The human body systems
  8. Conversion of units
  9. Simple machines
  10. Force, work and energy
  11. Forming and naming chemical compounds
  12. Acids and Bases
  13. Dangerous chemicals
  14. Soil conservation
  15. Food webs
  16. Pollution
E. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION

The course will involve the use of lecture supplemented by power point presentations or transparencies. Small groups of cooperative teaching/learning can be utilized. Quizzes, tests, assignments, midterm and final examinations will provide measurement of achievement of course objectives.

F. REQUIRED TEXT AND MATERIALS

Knapp, Nancy. Breakthroughs in Science (Developing Reading in the Content Area). Illinois: Jamestown Publishers. 1997. Print. (or most recent edition).
Scientific calculator.

G. REFERENCE MATERIALS
These will be provided by the instructor as needed.

H. INSTRUCTIONAL COST
None

I. EVALUATION
None

J. CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
None

 

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