Science (SCIE) 326
Scientific Reasoning (Revision 6)
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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.
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
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.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to
- describe what science is and what it is not and discuss the major ideals, principles and paradigms in science.
- discuss critically the relationship between science and human understanding, philosophy and values.
- understand the scientific process and how it works, with a focus on the scientific method and the development of scientific theory.
- describe the role of formal reason, logic and critical thinking as well as the role of mathematics in science.
- use basic tools of scientific reasoning to construct reason-based arguments.
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.
Lessing, Doris. Prisons We Choose to Live Inside. New York: Harper and Row, 1986.
The course materials include a study guide and a student manual
Challenge for Credit Overview
The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
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 6, January 8, 2016.
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