The course Scientific Research describes these activities from the point of view of a professional scientist. While this inside look should appeal to students of all ages, the lessons provide support, accessible ideas, and specific language that do not dumb down the content but rather guide students at their own pace through most of the steps, insights, and experiences they would eventually face if they continue through higher education toward a graduate degree.
On the other hand, knowing the practical, everyday basics of scientific thinking and laboratory activity could also serve as a necessary first step to a career as a technician or a lab assistant. While these jobs are hands-on and technical, the intellectual and historical background covered in the course provides an awareness that is essential to working in such an atmosphere.
- Identify research questions and generate testable hypotheses.
- Design, conduct, and evaluate a scientific research study.
- Apply the scientific method to the investigation of scientific questions.
- Determine appropriate statistical tests based on type of data generated.
- Report research findings.
- Explore ethical considerations in research.
This course is designed to help students develop a firm understanding of scientific exploration and a clear working knowledge of the scientific method as an integral tool for student-centered scientific research. There are no prerequisites for this course although students are advised to preview descriptions and design models that use the scientific method.