B CUSP 140
Offers introductory practice in laboratory and quantitative techniques, a history of one or more of the sciences, and reflection on the relationship between science and its function in the larger society. Topics vary. Offered: AWSp.
This course will review sensational scientific discoveries and achievements that have significantly altered the course of humanity. We will reflect on the function of science in society and embark on a scientific inquiry on how these discoveries have enabled us to take on complex challenges like space exploration and journey to the moon. We will review several important topics of current interest including renewable energy, quantum computing, nanotechnology and disease eradication. We will combine videos, readings and discussions to articulate on how we can understand the broad sciences and use them to change the world around us. No scientific background required.
Student learning goals
Understand scientific aspects of space exploration and benefits related to Earth resources, technology and new products.
Understand introductory practices in laboratory and quantitative techniques.
Develop the ability to think creatively and critically on various topics in science and technology.
Develop interdisciplinary research skills.
Combine creative writing and imagination with science fiction to popularize science.
Develop scientific presentation skills.
General method of instruction
Interactive lectures and discussions. Visit to a science museum. Project,Seminar and Presentation.
This course has no prerequisites. Knowledge of high school level Algebra will be useful. To prepare for each class, you will need to complete the assigned readings and assignments, ensure that you understand the previous class’s material, and be ready for the next scheduled activity. You are expected to participate actively in group work and discussions.
Class assignments and grading
The assignments will be assimilated and integrated into a final Project and Research paper.
Grades would take into account Class participation and discussion, Weekly Assignments, Quiz type exams (two), Creative Writing and e-Portfolio, Project and final seminar presentation.