Sample Syllabi for Scientific Method and Analysis (SMA)
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|Course||How is this a good syllabus example?|
|PSYCH 50 - Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience||
Syllabus describes how students will engage in the practice of SMA each week by utilizing sophisticated natural science concepts/reasoning to address thought questions about human behavior.
|PHYSICS 43 - Electricity and Magnetism||
Syllabus lists specific natural (physical) science concepts/methods that students will need to master and apply in order to answer questions in exams and weekly problem sets.
|APPPHYS 61, BIO 61 - Science as a Creative Process||
Syllabus clearly explains the learning goals, how they are achieved, and how students actively use the scientific method. This course is also certified for AQR.
|BIO 60 - Introduction to Problem Solving in Biology||
The syllabus clearly explains how students critically examine scientific data and claims, and derive new hypotheses based on potential holes in existing evidence.
|BIO 85 - Evolution||Detailed discussion of learning goals states that students will be required to explain observable phenomena as consequences of fundamental natural science principles, and will develop the ability to formulate hypotheses and design studies to test them. The homework includes interpretation of data drawn from experiments.|
|OSPSANTG 58 - Living Chile: A Land of Extremes||
Syllabus clearly explains how students, by performing a literature survey and proposing a research project based on their own field experience, actively engage in the scientific method.
|HUMBIO 135||This syllabus provides a clear list of learning outcomes and of specific topics covered.|