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Program-Based Criteria Table

Bachelor of Science Human Science Major (PD)

Learning Summary Template

(1 of 17) Scientific Reasoning
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No opportunity to observe Plans lab, field, or other exercises in a clear and logical manner Relates and supports method and theory to labs, field or other laboratory exercises Clearly draws conclusions from experimental data Exhibits insight and complex reasoning to engage in experimental design Based on experimental design and results, proposes further direction in pursuing the experimental problem
(2 of 17) Critical Evaluation and Understanding
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No opportunity to observe Approaches scientific problems and issues with curiosity Fundamental understanding of scientific and applied principles Readily sees connections between scientific ideas, systematic procedures and data Achieves accurate insights through scientific inquiry in a dependable and consistent manner Conveys scientific insights and judgments in scientific practice
(3 of 17) Practical (Lab and/or field)
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No opportunity to observe Knows, uses and troubleshoots equipment & process accurately, wiht limited supervision Usually produces consistent results from independent lab, field & practice situations related to the discipline Interprets lab & field processes relevant to the discipline Combines techniques & equipment to yield some new & useful results Innovative approaches to lab & field practice leading to useful new insights & processes in the discipline
(4 of 17) Quantitative
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No opportunity to observe Recognizes and uses fundamental quantitative relationships Careful and skilled measurement and calculation Experienced and independent in quantifying, calculating and drawing results of laboratory Considerable adept use of measurement, calculation and estimate to reach useful conclusions Applies measurement and mathematical extrapolations with great skill
(5 of 17) Qualitative
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No opportunity to observe Describes and elaborates factual information related to scientific observations Advancing skill in portraying the materials and processes of science accurately and fairly Projects qualities of samples, specimens, environmental experiments and results clearly, accurately and in detail Disseminates information at all levels of interaction by describing clearly the qualities of scientific materials, calculations and results Interprets data, calculations and results clearly and accurately
(6 of 17) Techniques and Application
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No opportunity to observe Understands techniques employed in the scientific process at a general level Uses techniques and applications of the discipline in a competent way Interprets techniques and applications within the discipline Exhibits confidence in drawing conclusions from existing data Demonstrates the use of techniques and applications
(7 of 17) Equipment
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No opportunity to observe Selects and uses equipment indicated in standard scientific routines Takes responsibility for maintenance and choice of equipment and supplies Confident and knowledgeable in use of scientific apparatus Exhibits insight into choice of equipment or application Maximizes use of equipment for optimum experimentation
(8 of 17) Data Analysis (statistics)
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No opportunity to observe Understands numeric, measured and calculated qualities of specimens, samples, processes, etc. related to discipline Uses formulae, calculation and measurement with assurance and skill Understands reasoning behind formulae, measurement and calculations Accurately portrays, explains and interprets data calculation and results of scientific processes related to the discipline Shows independence in further scientific inquiry based on existing results
(9 of 17) Independent thought/innovation/invention
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No opportunity to observe Tries proven methods with skill and occasional new twists or combinations Often sees relationships suggesting new openings for inquiry, experiment, measurement or calculation Strikes out on new avenues of inquiry with frequent useful new ideas, processes or results Consistently applies hunches and new insights on laboratory application, combines resources, or finds evidence supporting new conclusions Confident, smart new queries pursued toward innovative process and result
(10 of 17) Training
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No opportunity to observe Fundamental training in basic laboratory technique and evidence of active WHMIS Certification Confident use of equipment and applications in the laboratory or field Maintains evidence of currency within the discipline Shows leadership in teaching laboratory techniques to others within the discipline Demonstratable evidence of managerial and supervisory role in the laboratory
(11 of 17) Organizational Skills, Planning
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No opportunity to observe Prepares systematically with some foresight for inquiry, experiment or field trip Plans for laboratory, field or other exercises Provides needed resources, in useful and orderly way, for scientific process related to the discipline Makes accurate arrangements for the conclusion of scientific experiment Accurately forecasts needs for materials, equipment and other resources to successfully complete process related to discipline
(12 of 17) Communication Skills
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No opportunity to observe General capacity to communicate evidence of a scientific nature Accurate, detailed, systematic and sound communication of process and or findings related to discipline Portrays evidence, data and interpretation in convincing manner Creates engaging, lively account of scientific process and or findings Clever, persuasive communication of scientific materials, concepts, results
(13 of 17) Written Skills (what would be expected at an undergraduate level)
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No opportunity to observe Competent level of written scientific material Shows evidence of general and written competence in scientific applications and interpretations Skilled, adept, presentation of scientific ideas and practices in writing Record and interpretation of scientific publications and reports Demonstrates unusual clarity and convincing style in scientific writing
(14 of 17) Oral Skills
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No opportunity to observe Exhibits evidence of capacity to explain basic scientific concepts and related interests Competent level of oral presentation of material of scientific detail and complexity Shows insight and capacity to illustrate, compare, contrast and explain scientific material orally Advanced, broad skills in oral presentation of scientific information and conclusions Shows flair for convincing presentations of scientific information, numeric data and conclusions
(15 of 17) Computer Literacy Skills
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No opportunity to observe Basic computer literacy related to scientific uses Generally knowledgeable in computer & software application related to science usage Competent in use of computer software and allied equipment and supplies Advanced levels of computer usage Shows creativity in scientific computer usage
(16 of 17) Currency in the relevant discipline (such as engaging in continuing education, science, literature, conferences)
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No opportunity to observe Keeps up with events and themes at a general level within the discipline General currency with focus on some specific areas of scientific debate, advance or problem solution Takes part in scientific endeavour through literature searches, conference attendance or other intervention in related scientific disciplines Systematic and thorough in engaging current themes in science writing, debate and issue identification Can comment with advanced and grounded insight on issues, themes, controversies and advances in science
(17 of 17) Ethics and Human Relations
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No opportunity to observe Basic understanding of ethical issues in laboratory practice Exhibits consistent ethical practice in the discipline Knowledge of current best practices and ethical applications in the discipline Evidence of practice of good ethical standards The application and integration of ethical principles in written and verbal communication

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Updated May 19 2016 by Student & Academic Services

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