Document Type

Course Change

Publication Date

Spring 2008


KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2007-2008 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM DATE: January, 2008 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Physics Department; Chair: Dean Gordon Leversee, (gleversee@keene.edu), 8-2545 PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Frederick Wolf, (fwolf@keene.edu), 8-2584 TITLE SUMMARY: INPHYS 201 PHENOMENAL SCIENCE PROPOSED ACTION: Underline proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement Other: Add to Integrative Studies Program EXISTING (OLD) DATA: N/A PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE TITLE: INPHYS 201 PHENOMENAL SCIENCE PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE: INPHYS 201 PHENOMENAL SCIENCE 4 credits A hands-on, minds-on inquiry based exploration of the basic physical principles that underlie our observations and experiences in the everyday world. Topics include motion, forces, energy, fluids, sound, heat, light, electricity, magnetism and the atom. Ideal for pre-service teachers. Prerequisite: IQL 101 or by permission of the instructor. Fall, Spring. Course Ojectives: The expectation is that students, upon completing this course, shall: • Possess and demonstrate a basic understanding of the laws and key concepts which govern natural phenomena • Be able to duplicate basic processes which scientists use to obtain and revise knowledge about the natural world • Develop a wide variety of problem-solving strategies • Possess the ability to use oral and written communication, mathematical representation, and physical and conceptual models to describe and explain scientific concepts and ideas • Be able to construct and revise scientific explanations and models using logic and evidence Perspectives Outcomes: • Articulate an understanding of representative theories in the natural sciences • Understand how the scientific method differs from other modes of inquiry and ways of knowing • Use and understand the power of mathematics, statistics, and qualitative analysis to represent and investigate ideas and evidence as well as evaluate data dependent arguments Integrative Outcomes: (Global Issues) • Demonstrate a commitment to analyzing and/or solving global issues Skills Outcomes: Critical Thinking: • Gather evidence, formulate conjectures, and implement alternative strategies related to a given idea, problem, task or goal • Develop analytical arguments Technological Fluency: • Use a database and/or spreadsheet to access and setup information Quantitative Reasoning: • Analyze the relationship between two variables • Develop and apply appropriate quantitative-oriented problem-solving strategies • Read and interpret graphs, charts and tables in discipline specific media • Perform simple data analysis, both numerical and graphical • Draw conclusions and inferences supported by own data analysis Creative Thinking: • Solve unstructured problems RATIONALE: Rather than continue the duplication between this course and Physics 100 (Inquiry into Physics) we have decided to drop Phys 100 (an Integrative Studies Course) and apply for Integrative Studies designation for Phys 201 since it is a required course for the General Science Program and Phys 100 is not required for any specific program RESOURCES: Faculty members: Frederick Wolf (full-time), plus several adjuncts who are familiar with such inquiry based courses. No additional staffing, facilities, and/or equipment will be required. No additional library resources will be required. ADVISORY OPINIONS: General Science (see attached)


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