Seminar Group 7
2013/2014, Semester 1
Yale-NUS College (Yale-NUS College)
Modular Credits: 5
Sections in Scientific Inquiry constitute the main mode of learning in which you get to examine various ideas encountered in your readings and in Lectures, in the company of a small group of students (15 of you), guided by your instructor (i.e., me).
In-class activities will include lively discussion of concepts and issues, collaborative group work, mini lab activities, pop quizzes, as well as question-and-answer sessions for you to ask about any difficulties you have met with.
We meet every Monday and Thursday (except for special occassions indicated in the Scientific Inquiry Syllabus/Schedule). The first section of the semester is on Monday, 12 Aug.
Venue: Seminar Room 3 (Basement 1 of RC4)
The first section of each week (usually on Monday) is referred to as Section 1.
The second section of each week (usually on Thursday) is Section 2.
Attendance in every single Section as well as the weekly Lecture is required. Absences without a valid reason (e.g., a Rector's Letter) will not be tolerated.
(Side remark: One of the Dean's Fellows will join us in our Sections in the second half of the semester.)
Details on the
syllabus for each week
, including readings and assignments for each Section, can be found on IVLE, on the
Lesson Plan page for Seminar Group 7
(look under YCC1131_G7).
Before every section, you will be required to complete a few readings relevant for the activities in that section. Every week, you should also expect to complete (outside of class) one or two short homework assignments, a pop quiz (in class), and possibly a lab report or a longer writing assignment. Required readings and assignments for each week will be made available on IVLE at least one week before. Check back regularly to be sure you don't miss anything.
In addition to the Section readings and assignments, you will have to do additional readings for the Lecture. The assigned readings for the Lecture can be found on IVLE on the
Lesson Plan page for the Lecture group
(look under YCC1131).
Scientific Inquiry is a 5-MC module, which means that you should be spending about
4 hours in class, plus about 8.5 hours on out-of-class tasks
. Come talk to me if you find yourself spending much more time than this!
In the last two weeks of classes (Weeks 15 and 16), employing your understanding of scientific inquiry, you will work on a mini project exploring issues related to science versus pseudoscience. More information about this will be made available in due course.
In this module, you will be assessed through in-class participation, oral presentations, short assignments, lab reports, writing assignments, and in-class pop quizzes.
In the first section, we will discuss more about what I expect of you, and I will provide details and philosophy of my grading rubric.
My regular office hours are (with effect from 29 Aug 2013):
Venue: My office, Rm #07-11E (RC4).
Additional office hours can be arranged via appointment (email, or come ask me directly). Appointments on Wednesdays and Fridays may require you to travel to my office at the Centre for Quantum Technologies in NUS (Block S-15, Rm #06-06, in the Science Faculty).