GENS 201 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Fundemantals of Natural Sciences
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GENS 201
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
6

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course aims to teach the students to solve the encountered problems in natural sciences with scientific thinking
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Observe processes and describe problems
  • Define reasoning, causality, randomness and correlation
  • Use scientific thinking method to solve the described problems
  • Apply scientific thinking to the basic principles of life
  • Describe the basic structural organization and function of human body
  • Learn to access information and test its accuracy
  • Perform basic scientific communication
Course Content This course comprises the scientific thinking approach to the encountered problems and the fundamental principles of natural sciences and of life.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction to the course Examination of the posted HIM 103 syllabus Prepare how to introduce yourself (write on a piece of paper for your own) (Name, High School, Hobby, and What you expect from this course in one sentence)
2 Introduction to Science Student should read: The Nature of Scientific Thinking (Harvard Graduate School of Education)- the related chapters of the reference material (pages 4-12). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_PKQ_M7AtU&t=41s
3 Identifying & Describing Problems Student should read: Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking – Concepts and Tools” (Dr. Richard Paul and Dr. Linda Elder)- the related chapters of the reference material. Student should prepare a short list of daily problems he/she encounters Examination of provided cases and presentations http://www.studygs.net/problem/problemsolvingv1.htm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B271L3NtAw
4 Scientific Methodology Student should read “A Miniature Guide to Scientific Thinking” (by Dr. Richard Paul and Dr. Linda Elder) pages 2-14 and Instructors' Notes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUP8rFWzVt4
5 Database Searching and Presenting Scientific Information 1. Accessing information and testing its accuracy: Google Scholar -Pubmed 2.How to Prepare an oral presentation? 3.How to prepare a poster presentation?
6 Scientific Persona (Student Oral Presentations) Preparation of presentations on topics previously selected
7 Introduction to Natural Sciences Instructors’ Notes http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/selection/recipe/ http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/selection/misconceptions/
8 MIDTERM Contents of weeks 1-7
9 Basic Principles of Earth Sciences Instructors’ Notes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGXi_9A__Vc
10 Basic Principles of Life I Cell & Homeostasis Instructors’ Notes Reading basic concepts from Campbell Biology, 10th Edition (Reece, et al.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URUJD5NEXC8
11 Basic Principles of Life II Biomolecules Energy for life Introduction to Metabolism Insructors’ Notes Basic Medical Biochemistry-A Clinical Approach, 3rd Edition (Liebermann and Marks) (Pages 341-347)
12 Basic Principles of Life III Basic Structure & Function of Human Body Instructors’ Notes
13 Students’ Oral Presentations Evaluation of a Poster presentation Feedback for the whole course 1) Student should prepare a summary (slide presentation) of the Project Homework with his/her group, according to “oral presentation guidelines”. The slide presentation (max. 2 slides) should include: Topic of Project-Scientific Question-Hypothesis-Aim and Objectives 2) Student should prepare some questions and also some feedback on the whole course (One good point and one bad point)
14 Students’ Poster presentations (Project on Natural Sciences) Student should prepare his/her poster according to the poster presentation guidelines and hang them on the Poster Area (Block A first floor) before 10:00 in the morning, 17.05.2017. Students should be presenting their posters between 10:00 and 12:50. A review committee will ask questions and review and evaluate the posters.
15 FINAL Weeks 1-15
16 Review of the Semester

 

Course Textbooks

 

1. “A Miniature Guide to Scientific Thinking” (Dr. Richard Paul and Dr. Linda Elder) 2. Campbell Biology, 10th Edition (Reece, et al.) 3. Instructor’s notes and Presentations
References

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
45
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
3
10
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
25
Final / Oral Exam
1
35
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
50
65
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
35
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
14
3
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
3
30
Presentation / Jury
1
15
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
10
Final / Oral Exam
1
15
    Total
220

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to scientifically examine concepts and ideas in the field of sociology; to be able to interpret and evaluate data.
2 To be able to define classical and contemporary theories in sociology; to be able to identify the differences and similarities among those theories and to be able to evaluate them.
3 To be able to critically use the knowledge acquired in the field of sociology
4 To be able to plan and conduct, individually or as a member of a team, an entire sociological research process with the knowledge of methodological requirements of the field.
5 To be able to identify and evaluate local, regional and global issues and problems.
6 To be able to share their ideas and solutions supplemented by qualitative and quantitative data in written and oral forms.
7 To be able to make use of other disciplines related to sociology and to have core knowledge related to those disciplines.
8 To be able to follow developments in sociology and to be able to communicate with international colleagues in a foreign language. (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale,” Level B1)
9 To be able to use computer software required by the discipline and to possess advancedlevel computing and IT skills. (“European Computer Driving Licence”, Advanced Level)
10 To be able to use a second foreign language at the intermediate level.
11 To have social and scholarly values and ethical principles during the collection and interpretation of data for implementation, publication, dissemination, and maintenance
12 To acquire life long learning abilities that will enable the socially responsible application of knowledge based on their field of study to their professional and everyday lives.

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest