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Liberal Studies

for the 21st Century

Natural Sciences Liberal Studies Course Design

Course Goals and Expectations

Liberal Studies Natural Sciences courses emphasize foundational scientific principles and help students become effective interpreters of scientific results and critical analysts of claims about the natural world.

Student Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, student will demonstrate the ability to;

  1. Pose questions or hypotheses based on scientific principles.
  2. Use appropriate scientific methods and evidence to evaluate claims or theoretical arguments about the natural world.
  3. Analyze and interpret research results using appropriate methods.

There are no specific instructional design requirements.

This course has been approved to meet FSU’s Liberal Studies Natural Sciences requirement and helps you become an effective interpreter of scientific results and a critical analyst of claims about the natural world.

By the end of this course, students will:

  1. Pose questions or hypotheses based on scientific principles.
  2. Use appropriate scientific methods and evidence to evaluate claims or theoretical arguments about the natural world.
  3. Analyze and interpret research results using appropriate methods.

For laboratory (L) or combined lecture/laboratory (C) courses:

As required by Florida State University, the student must earn a course grade of “C–” or higher in order to meet the Liberal Studies 1-credit laboratory requirement.

These items may be included in an appendix to the syllabus if they are not clearly incorporated into the course syllabus.

  • A sample assignment or two (and associated grading criteria) that illustrates how students will be assessed on their achievement of the student learning objectives.

Note: All syllabi are also required to include the syllabus language statements approved by the FSU Faculty Senate, available at http://facsenate.fsu.edu/Curriculum/Syllabus-Language


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