Science Honors Course – Spring Semester 2013
|Date||Lecture||Topics||In-class Activity||Reading||Assignment Due|
|Jan 14||M||Natural Causes of Climate Change||orbital variations, sun spots, non-linearity, feedback, volcanoes, dissolved CO2, methane, meteors||Evaluate salt-water habitats and inhabitants|
|Jan 15||T||Finding and Using Support (2 h)||How to use examples, statistics, and expert testimony effectively to support presentation claims||Read Engleberg part 4 (sections 10-12; pp. 47-64); Engleberg part 8 (section 25; pp. 125-138); Heath chap. 2|
What makes good science writing?
|Jan 17||R||Natural Causes of Climate Change||ocean currents, continental drift, ENSO - James Wolfe, guest lecture|
|Jan 21||M||Project Day|
|Jan 22||T||Presentation Structure and Organization (2 h)||outlining, patterns of organization, transitions, effective introductions and conclusions. Discuss Presentation # 2||Read Engleberg part 5 (sections 13-17; pp. 65-88); part 6 (sections 18-20; pp. 89-100); Heath ch. 4|
|Workshop on Essay 1||Sign up for a date to lead discussion.|
|Jan 24||R||Evidence of Climate Change||
|Jan 28||M||Project Day|
|Jan 29||T||"If I had a million dollars..."||Introducing Assignment 2: The Proposal||
Student-led discussion by Jon and Lynn.
"Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials."
|Essay 1 due. Bring a hard copy to class.|
|Jan 31||R||Human Causes of Climate Change||
|Feb 4||M||Project Day|
|Feb 5||T||Proposing the proposal.||Student-led discussion by Tiffany and Gabrielle.|
|Presentation #2 (1.5 h)||Presentation # 2|
Student-led discussion by Sarah and David.
"The Covenant" (Skloot 284-302).
|Proposal for Assignment 2 due.
|Presentation #2 (1.5 h)||Presentation # 2|
|Feb 11||M||Skepticism of Climate Change||Student evaluation of data and arguments for and against anthropogenic climate change||Presentation and discussion of student findings. 20 minutes per topic||
|Feb 12||T||Student-led discussion by Rachel and RD.||
||Annotated bibliography for Assignment 2 due.|
|Visual Support (1 h)||Using visual support to help explain and clarify ideas||Read Engleberg part 7 (section 24; pp. 118-124)|
|Feb 14||R||Effects of Climate Change||On genetic expression - Matthew Pelletier, guest lecture|
|Feb 18||M||Exam #1||Project Day|
|Feb 19||T||Beginning the Proposal draft.||Student-led discussion by Graham and Kyle.||
"A Soft Spot for Circuitry" (Skloot 146-154).
|Notes for Assignment 2 due.|
|Feb 21||R||Effects of Climate Change||
More on genetic expression and equilibrium - Matthew Pelletier / On human health
|White paper on Human Health and Climate Change|
|Feb 25||M||Project Day|
Workshop on Assignment 2, "The Proposal."
|Principles of Persuasion (2h)||Paths to persuasion (ethos, pathos, logos); patterns of reasoning; logical fallacies. Discuss presentation # 3||Read Engleberg part 8 (section 26; pp. 138-158); Engleberg part 10 (sections 30-34; pp. 187-214); Heath chaps. 5,6|
|Feb 28||R||FEBRUARY BREAK|
|Mar 4||M||Effects of Climate Change||On vegetation and animals|
Workshop on the Narrative/Descriptive Essay.
Student-led discussion by student Thomas and Shawna.
See Moodle for the selection from Shawna.
See Moodle for the selection from Thomas.
|Final draft of "Proposal" due.
|Mar 7||R||Effects of Climate Change||On water habitats - James Wolfe, guest lecture
|Mar 11||M||Christian Response to Climate Change||Special Guest Speaker - Mike Jordan||Discussion/debate?|
|Mar 12||T||Writing a press release.||Introduction to the Press Release assignment.||
Student-led discussion by Mark and Laurel.
Prompt for Assignment 3: The Press Release.
||Final draft of Narrative/Descriptive essay due.|
|Mar 14||R||Social and Political Aspects of Climate Change||Special Guest Speaker - Brian Webb||Research socio-political challenges, adaptation and mitigation strategies|
|Mar 18||M||Exam #2||Project Day|
|Mar 19||T||Presentation # 3: Debates||Presentation # 3 Debates|
|Mar 21||R||Presentation # 3: Debate. Discuss press briefing for balloon launch.||Presentation # 3 Debates|
|Mar 25||M||EASTER BREAK|
|Apr 2||T||Project Day|
|Apr 4||R||Project Day|
|Apr 8||M||Project Day|
|Apr 9||T||Project Day|
|Apr 11||R||Project Day|
|Apr 15||M||BALLOON LAUNCH I|
|Apr 16||T||BALLOON LAUNCH II|
|Apr 18||R||Project Day||data analysis|
|Apr 22||M||Discuss data/press briefing
report. Discuss elevator speech.
|in-class work on elevator
Engleberg part 9
(sections 27-29; pp. 159-186)
|Apr 23||T||Project Day|
|Apr 25||R||Project Day|
|Apr 29||M||Project Day||Analysis report due.||Press release due.|
|Apr 30||T||Clean-Up Day||Elevator speeches.
Delivered to Prof. G during clean-up time
|May 3||F||Final Exam 8-10 am|