Aug 17, 2019  
2017-2018 Shepherd University Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Shepherd University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GSCI 540 - Principles of Scientific Investigation

(3 cr) This course addresses several themes related to the process of science. The main areas covered are the philosophical and historical background of science, the processes and abilities required to conduct scientific inquiry, the written and oral presentation of data, the use and evaluation of scientific literature, the safe and appropriate use of chemicals and organisms in research, scientific ethics, and the role that science and scientists play in society. While the universality of the scientific approach to problem solving will be stressed rather than specific disciplines, most examples will come from the biological and chemical sciences. Readings will be assigned from several textbooks and journal articles and students will prepare and present a research paper. The prerequisite is a bachelor’s degree with preparation in the sciences.



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