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Spring, 2003
Course Overview

Nora E. Demers, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


Whitaker, 218
Office Hours:

T       8:30 - 11:00 am
          1:00 - 2:00 pm
TH     9:30 - 11:00 am
          1:00 - 2:00 pm
or by appointment

(239) 590-7211
(239) 590-7200

Realize that lots of work outside of class is expected. Work with others on similar topics - divide & conquer!

This course is part of the Collegium of Integrated Learning and is required for the B.A. in Liberal Studies. Students and faculty will work together to investigate selected contemporary science/technology issues and problems and how they have developed across time.

Individually and in teams, students will develop "intellectual histories" of an issue or problem. These "histories" will require building an integrated context by examining issues through the perspectives and methods of knowing in the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. Organized in interdisciplinary ways and problem-based, the course will stress engaged learning.

Students will be expected to formulate their own interpretations and responses to the issues. Consequently, success in the course will rely heavily on critical, creative, systematic, and collaborative thinking and the sophisticated use of communication, information, and technological skills.  

Required text: The Scientific endeavor: A primer on Scientific Principles and Practice
Jeffrey A. Lee. (2000). ISBN 0 8053 4596 5.

Students will also be expected to identify and use a wide variety of resources available through the library and world wide web.

Cheating, dishonesty, and plagiarism will not be tolerated and may result in failure of the assignment and/or course. Please review these articles on plagiarism: "What is Plagiarism at Indiana University"; "How to Avoid Plagiarism"; "Avoiding Plagiarism"

I will be corresponding with you through your student email account. It is very important for you to have your student email activated. If you need assistance with this, please review the instructions for activating, forwarding, and getting help with your email.

Disability Statement:
Florida Gulf Coast University, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the university’s guiding principles, will provide classroom and academic accommodations to students with documented disabilities. If you need to request an accommodation in this class due to a disability, or you suspect that your academic performances is affected by a disability, please see me or contact the Office of Adaptive Services. The Office of Adaptive Services is located in McTarnaghan Hall, room 214. The phone number is 590-7956 or TTY 590-7930

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Course notes developed by Nora Egan Demers, Ph.D.

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    Last updated June 23, 2005