SC 130 Physical Science

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Course title: SC 130 Physical Science

Campus:   National

Initiator:   Dana Lee Ling

Date: 25 March 2020

Course description

[No change] A one semester natural science with laboratory course exploring motion, dynamics, heat, earth sciences, weather, climate, sound, optics, light, electricity, chemistry, and astronomy, with a focus on mathematical models and an emphasis on written communication skills.

COURSE HOURS/CREDITS:

 

 

Hours per Week

 

No.  of  Weeks

 

Total Hours

 

Semester Credits

Lecture

 

          3

x

16

X

48

=

3

Laboratory

 

          3

x

16

X

48

=

1

Workshop

 

 

x

 

X

 

=

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

Total  Semester

 

Credits

 

 

              4

                     

 

PURPOSE OF COURSE:        

                                            [   ] Degree requirement

                                            [X] Degree elective

                                            [   ] Certificate

                                            [   ] Other

 

PREREQUISITES: ESL 089

 

PSLOS OF OTHER PROGRAMS THIS COURSE MEETS:

  

PSLO#

                             Program

GE 3.5

Perform experiments that use scientific methods as part of the inquiry process.

GE 3.4

Define and explain scientific concepts, principles, and theories of a field of science.

GE 3.2

Present and interpret numeric information in graphic forms.

GE 1.1

Write a clear, well-organized paper using documentation and quantitative tools when appropriate.

 

  1)  INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (Check all that apply)

[    ]

1. Effective oral communication: capacity to deliver prepared, purposeful presentations designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in the listeners’ attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors.

 

[X ]

2. Effective written communication: development and expression of ideas in writing through work in many genres and styles, utilizing different writing technologies, and mixing texts, data, and images through iterative experiences across the curriculum.

[    ]

3. Critical thinking: a habit of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.

[    ]

4. Problem solving: capacity to design, evaluate, and implement a strategy to answer an open-ended question or achieve a desired goal.

 

[    ]

5. Intercultural knowledge and competence: a set of cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.

 

[    ]

6. Information literacy: the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share that information for the problem at hand.

[    ]

7. Foundations and skills for life-long learning: purposeful learning activity, undertaken on an ongoing basis with the aim of improving knowledge, skills, and competence.

 

[X ]*

8. Quantitative Reasoning: ability to reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide array of authentic contexts and everyday life situations; comprehends and can create sophisticated arguments supported by quantitative evidence and can clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats.

 

 

2)  PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (PSLOs): The student will be able

     to:

 

GE 3.5 Perform experiments that use scientific methods as part of the inquiry process.

GE 3.4 Define and explain scientific concepts, principles, and theories of a field of science.

GE 3.2 Present and interpret numeric information in graphic forms.

GE 1.1 Write a clear, well-organized paper using documentation and quantitative tools when appropriate.

 

                                           

3)  COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (CSLOs) (General): The student will be  able to:

 

  1. Explore physical science systems through experimentally based laboratories using scientific methodologies
  2. Define and explain concepts, theories, and laws in physical science.
  3. Generate mathematical models for physical science systems and use appropriate mathematical techniques and concepts to obtain quantitative solutions to problems in physical science.
  4. Demonstrate basic communication skills by working in groups on laboratory experiments and by writing up the result of experiments, including thoughtful discussion and interpretation of data, in a formal format using spreadsheet and word processing software.

 

4)  COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (CSLOs) (Specific): The student will be 

     able to:

CSLO (General) 1: Explore physical science systems through experimentally based laboratories using scientific methodologies

Student Learning Outcome (specific)

ISLO

PSLO

Assessment Strategies

1.1 Make measurements in a laboratory setting to determine physical properties and quantities

8*

3.5

Students will make measurements in a laboratory setting to determine physical properties and quantities as reported in a laboratory report and marked with a rubric.

 

1.2 Record experimental data in tables

8

3.5

Students will record experimental data in tables as reported in a laboratory report and marked with a rubric.

 

1.3 Discover or confirm relationships between variables and use those relationships to make predictions

8

3.5

Students will discover or confirm relationships between variables and use those relationships to make predictions as reported in a laboratory report and marked with a rubric.

CSLO (General) 2: Define and explain concepts, theories, and laws in physical science.

Student Learning Outcomes (specific)

ISLO

PSLO

Assessment Strategies

2.1 Define terminology, concepts, and cite facts in areas such as density, motion, heat, weather, optics, electricity, chemistry, and astronomy.

8

3.4

Students will define terminology, concepts, and cite facts in areas such as density, motion, heat, weather, optics, electricity, chemistry, and astronomy as assessed using in class assignments, quizzes, and tests.

2.2 Cite laws such as the laws of motion, conservation of momentum, conservation of energy, entropy.

8

3.4

Students will cite laws such as the laws of motion, conservation of momentum, conservation of energy, entropy as assessed using in class assignments, quizzes, and tests.

2.3 Use laws and theories in physical science to make calculations

8

3.4

Students will use laws and theories in physical science to make calculations as assessed using in class assignments, quizzes, and tests.

CSLO (General) 3: Generate mathematical models for physical science systems and use appropriate mathematical techniques and concepts to obtain quantitative solutions to problems in physical science.

Student Learning Outcomes (specific)

ISLO

PSLO

Assessment Strategies

3.1 Generate charts and graphs based on experimental data

8

3.2

Students will generate charts and graphs based on experimental data as reported in laboratory reports and marked with a rubric.

3.2 Infer numeric information from charts and graphs

8

3.2

Students will infer numeric information from charts and graphs as reported in laboratory reports and marked with a rubric.

3.3 Use numeric information interpreted from graphs to obtain quantitative predictions and solutions

8

3.2

Students will use numeric information interpreted from graphs to obtain quantitative predictions and solutions as reported in laboratory reports and marked with a rubric.

CSLO (General) 4: Demonstrate basic communication skills by working in groups on laboratory experiments and by writing up the result of experiments, including thoughtful discussion and interpretation of data, in a formal format using spreadsheet and word processing software.

Student Learning Outcomes (specific)

ISLO

PSLO

Assessment Strategies

4.1 Produce laboratory reports with integrated tables, charts, graphs, analysis, and discussion.

2

1.1

Students will produce laboratory reports with integrated tables, charts, and graphs, analysis, and discussion, which are marked with a rubric.

 

4.2 Communicate in writing using proper syntax and correctly used physical science vocabulary.

2

1.1

Students will communicate in writing using proper syntax and correctly used physical science vocabulary as evidenced in laboratory reports marked with rubrics that include these metrics.

 

5)  COURSE CONTENT:

 

  1. Measurement 
    2. Motion 
    3. Momentum and energy 
    4. Force 
    5. Temperature and heat 
    6. Latitude, longitude, location 
    7. Weather and climate 
    8. Sound and waves 
    9. Optics 
    10. Electricity 
    11. Chemistry 
    12. Astronomy 
    13. Cosmology

 

6)  METHOD(S) OF INSTRUCTION:

        

          [X]  Lecture                    [   ]  Cooperative learning groups

          [X]  Laboratory               [X]  In-class exercises

          [   ]  Audio visual            [X]  Demonstrations

          [   ]  Other

 

7)  REQUIRED TEXT(S) AND COURSE MATERIALS:

 

[ Lee Ling, Dana (2020). Physical Science, College of Micronesia-FSM, Pohnpei. Sixth or subsequent editions. ] 
OR
[Shipman, Wilson, Higgins, Torres (2016). An Introduction to Physical Science. Cengage Learning, 2016. 14th or subsequent editions. ISBN-10: 1305079132  |  ISBN-13: 9781305079137 AND Abellera, Relinda (2007). Physical Science Laboratory Manual, College of Micronesia-FSM, Pohnpei.]
Scientific calculator.

 

8)  REFERENCE MATERIALS:

None.

 

9)  INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS:

Laboratory equipment and supplies

 

10) EVALUATION:

A: 90% - 100%             Optimal learning outcome performance (5)

B: 80% - 89%               Sufficient learning outcome performance (4)

C: 70% - 79%

D: 60% - 69%               Suboptimal learning outcome performance (3)

F: Less than 60%          No evidence of learning outcome performance  (0)

 

11) CREDIT BY EXAMINATION:

None.

SC 130 Physical Science

Endorsed by CC:05/04/2021
  Approved by VPIA:05/06/2021

 

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