BME 290 Writing and Critical Thinking (2015-2016)

BME 290 Writing and Critical Thinking

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

BME 290 Writing and Critical Thinking (Credit Units: 4) Critical thinking and writing are essential ingredients for success in scientific research. Examines examples from the scientific literature to extract principles of good scientific reasoning, experimental design, and writing. Graduate students only. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
None
Recommended Textbook:
None
References:
None
Coordinator:
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Read and understand scientific papers both in their field and more broadly.

2. Design good scientific experiments.

3. Write a research proposal

Prerequisites by Topic

None.

Lecture Topics:
  • Critical thinking and reasoning
  • Fundamentals of experimental designs
  • Communicating science through writing
  • Current scientific literature
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

None.

Laboratory Projects:

None.

Professional Component
Design Content Description
Approach:
Lectures:
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Class Participation: 50%
  • Proposal: 50%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

Prepared:
August 6, 2014
Senate Approved:
April 25, 2014
Approved Effective:
2014 Fall Qtr