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Research Project In Science

SCI 250

Research Project In Science

SCI 250

Course Description

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: READING LEVEL 2 and WRITING LEVEL 2 and MATH LEVEL 2 and (SCI 249 or SCI 249A) and instructor permission.

Provides the opportunity to carry out original scientific research, integrating critical thinking with scientific principles and professional skills. Requires completion of a final research report which includes problem identification, procedure documentation, data analysis, and conclusions. Evaluation will be handled by the faculty and/or a team of experts. The minimum requirement is two credits. Beneficial to all science majors in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering. (0-30-90)

Outcomes and Objectives

Demonstrate an understanding of how to complete a suitable scientific research project.

Objectives:

  • Perform scientific research with well-defined goals and objectives
  • Design a project that applies and develops an understanding of in-depth scientific concepts.
  • Produce research that integrates a variety of methods and instrumentation that reinforces scientific skills and knowledge.

Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of laboratory safety and maintenance.

Objectives:

  • Complete the agreement provided after reading the safety pr otocols and regulations of the science laboratory.
  • Conduct safe lab procedures and recognize common laboratory hazards.
  • Identify and locate all safety features within the laboratory (eye wash fountains, fire extinguishers, fire alarms fire blankets, etc.).
  • Read procedures on a safe and ethical use of equipment and instrumentation used in the laboratory acknowledge your agreement by filling up the form provided.
  • Dispose of all waste materials properly (chemicals, sharps, broken glassware), if necessary review Safety Data Sheets.
  • Use personal protection (e.g. goggles, gloves, lab coat) properly.
  • Clean up all work areas and return all equipment to designated areas before leaving the laboratory.
  • Report any accidents, incidents or breakages immediately.

Record experimental work to promote learning of good laboratory

Objectives:

  • Locate Safety Data Sheets as needed.
  • Use a laboratory notebook to communicate experimental concepts and results.
  • Record and analyze the data and results of an experiment.
  • Produce reports to inform others of your progress in the laboratory.

Write a research/technical paper that effectively communicates scientific results.

Objectives:

  • Present data in graphs, tables, figures and interpret scientific results.
  • Compare scientific results to literature information and controls.
  • Conclude appropriately from scientific observations and results.
  • Assess the work and if it should be extended or provide reason for the lack of recommendations.
  • Acknowledge specific people, including their title, who contributed significantly to the project.