Science (SCIE) 326
Scientific Reasoning (Revision 4)
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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Science
Prerequisite: Twelve credits of university-level science courses including at least six credits in courses with lab components.
Centre: Centre for Science
SCIE 326 has a Challenge for Credit option.
This course deals with both the formal and informal aspects of scientific reasoning. Topics covered include: what is science? what is reason? the scientific method; relations between theory and experiment; scientific paradigms; explanation and prediction; what is a scientific theory? principles of reasoning; systems of analytical reasoning; tools for analysis (Venn diagrams, classification, syllogisms, Boolean logic); statistical inference; traps and fallacies of reason; mathematics in science.
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To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Derry, Gregory N. What Science Is and How It Works. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999.
Goldstein, Martin, and Inge Goldstein. The Experience of Science: An Interdisciplinary Approach. New York: Plenum, 1984.
Lee, Jeffrey A. The Scientific Endeavor: A Primer on Scientific Principles and Practice. San Francisco: Addison Wesley Longman, 2000.
Lessing, Doris. Prisons We Choose to Live Inside. New York: Harper and Row, 1986.
Toulmin, Stephen E. Foresight and Understanding: An Enquiry into the Aims of Science. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1961.
The course materials include two study guides and a student manual.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 4, October 2, 2007.
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