Concepts of Science





Concepts in Italy
































Concepts of Science in Italy

In recent years, the Concepts of Science class has been offered during summer terms in combination with BIOL 4970 for students who want an international experience as part of their education at Auburn.

The syllabus below shows the organization of this summer course for summer 2010 only. In future summer terms, a similar arrangement for taking Concepts of Science during the summer in Italy may be possible. Please contact the Director of the Concepts Program if you are interested in taking Concepts of Science during the summer in Italy.

Summer term 2010*

SCMH 1010 Concepts of Science** and BIOL 4970, History of Science in Europe

Professors: James T. Bradley (Biological Sciences) and Margaret Craig-Schmidt (Nutrition and Food Science)

Semester Credit Hours: 4***

Course Objectives: To learn about the European roots of modern science, Europe’s current contributions to the scientific endeavor, and the present status of astronomy, physics and biology.

Teaching/Learning Process and Schedule: The learning experience involves directed reading and twice weekly discussions, field trips to science museums in Florence, Vinci and Pisa. A minimum of 12 student-faculty discussions on the material will occur between May 13 and June 19, 2010.

Required text: The Canon by Natalie Angier, 2007.

Additional journal articles, book chapters, and specially prepared articles by J.T. Bradley for this course on subjects including scientific notation, cell biology, biological evolution, cosmology and nanotechnology will be used in the course. These appear in the loose leaf binder text provided for the Human Odyssey courses.

Grading and Work Assignments

Grading scale (percentage):

90-100: A

80-89: B

70-79: C

Journal: 60%

Participation in discussion and field trips: 20%

Exam 1: 10%

Exam 2: 10%

Journals should be bound, with lined, numbered pages. Include a detailed table of contents with page numbers and regular entries addressing:

1. Major concepts and new terms encountered in each of the assigned readings.

2. Notes on most interesting things/ideas encountered on science field trips, museum visits.

3. Occasional statements of personal insights, intellectual growth inspired by reading, discussions and field trips.

Exams: There will be two exams, each with some terms to identify and some short answer questions. You will be able to use your journal for the exams. The best way to prepare is to keep your journal current and to use the study guides provided for the course.


*Other courses offered during summer 2010 in Italy include: Human Odyssey I (UNIV 2710 or 2720), Human Odyssey II (UNIV 2717 or 2727), and Art of Architecture (ARCH 2600 or 2610).

**Students may take Honors Concepts (SCMH 1017) instead of SCMH 1010.

*** If a student needs core-science credit (non-science, Engineering, or Agriculture majors), sign up for one of the SCMH courses. If a student does not need core-science credit (e.g., science or Engineering majors), sign up for the BIOL 4970 course. Please submit Form B to the Office of International Education without signatures. Once students have turned in these forms, Clark Lundell and Jim Bradley will go to Office of International Education and sign all of them at one time. It is recommended that students sign up for all four courses (Human Odyssey I and II, Art of Architecture, and Concepts of Science (or BIOL 4970) because all students going to Italy will be doing the activities for all four courses as part of the trip, so you might as well get the credit for all of them.