LSO322 - The Five Greatest Ideas in Science

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Subject Title
The Five Greatest Ideas in Science

Subject Description

This course introduces the learner to the most significant theories of the five fundamental natural sciences. The physical sciences are represented by the atomic theory in physics, the Big Bang theory in astronomy, and the tectonic plates theory in geology. A major breakthrough in chemistry, the discovery of the periodic law of elements, is considered next. Biology's theory of evolution and the fascinating topic of the origin of life on Earth conclude the course. People began their quest to understand nature thousands of years ago. Science and its method, however, are relatively recent - only a few hundred years old. In this course, you will learn how these five fundamental theories developed from basic ideas to scientific theories, supported by firm observational and experimental evidence. Students will further relate the ideas to practical applications and evaluate their risks and benefits.


Credit Status
One upper-level Liberal Studies Option in the Sciences category. 

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:
1. Summarize historical developments and major contemporary ideas from five natural sciences:
a) The atomic structure of matter (Physics)
b) The Periodic Law (Chemistry)
c) The Big Bang theory (Astronomy)   d) The Plate Tectonics Theory (Geology)    e) The Theory of Evolution (Biology) 
2. Understand the scientific method and how its use in exploring the laws of nature.
3. Summarize the implications of these major ideas from natural sciences for technology, and discuss specific examples.
4. Analyze the contribution of science and technology to the development of our civilization.
5. Participate in the contemporary debate on the benefits/risk analysis of applications of scientific knowledge in the society

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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