Science (SCIE) 326

Scientific Reasoning (Revision 5)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: Twelve credits of university-level science courses including at least six credits in courses with lab components.

Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology

Centre: Centre for Science

SCIE 326 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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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.


To receive credit for SCIE 326, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Long Essay Midterm Exam Final Exam Total
25% 35% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Derry, Gregory N. What Science Is and How It Works. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999.

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.

Other Resources

The course materials include two study guides and a student manual.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

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.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the SCIE 326 challenge registration, you must complete the two parts of the challenge exam and achieve a grade of at least “C-” (60 percent) on the entire exam.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

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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 5, August 10, 2015.

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