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Program-Based Criteria Table

Bachelor of Science (PD)

Learning Summary Template

(1 of 16) History of Science
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No opportunity to observe Shows knowledge of foundations of the history of science Demonstrates systematic & thorough knowledge of science history in general as well as detail in specific areas of scientific endeavour Exhibits sufficient grasp of history of the discipline to interpret & assess some aspects of scientific advance Has completed & balanced insights into context of the roles & positions of science as a discipline in historic & current times Shows advanced, complex & nuanced grasp of historical fact & implication in the advance of science as a discipline
(2 of 16) Scientific Reasoning
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No opportunity to observe Foundations of the logic of scientific process evident in materials presented Appreciates philosophical implications of method & theory in scientific processes Draws accurate conclusions from engagement of scientific endeavour with logical application of scientific method Exhibits insight & complex reasoning to engage in experimental design Fully engages questions of ethics in scientific practice & theory
(3 of 16) Critical Evaluation and Understanding
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No opportunity to observe Approaches scientific problems & issues with curiosity Inquiring approach & skilled use of process frequently yield grounded results and new scientific comprehension Readily sees connections between scientific ideas, systematic procedures & data Achieves accurate insights through scientific inquiry in a dependable & consistent manner Realizes consistently useful scientific results through a combination of skeptical judgement, theoretical grounding & practical experience
(4 of 16) Practical (Lab and/or field)
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No opportunity to observe Knows & uses equipment & process accurately, with limited supervision Usually produces good results from independent lab, field & practice situations related to the discipline Independent, competent use of lab &/or field process 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
(5 of 16) Quantitative
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No opportunity to observe Recognizes & uses fundamental quantitative relationships Careful & skilled measurement & calculation Experienced & independent in quantifying, calculating & drawing results of scientific utility Considerable adept use of measurement, calculation & estimate to reach useful conclusions Wields measurement & mathematical extrapolations with great skill
(6 of 16) Qualitative
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No opportunity to observe Describes & elaborates factual information related to scientific observations Advancing skill in portraying the materials & processes of science accurately & fairly Projects qualities of samples, specimens, environmental experiments & results accurately & in detail Encourages others to experience, sense or otherwise know the qualities of scientific materials, calculations or results Engaging & persuasive description & interpretation of data, calculations & results
(7 of 16) Techniques
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No opportunity to observe Understands techniques employed in the scientific process at a general level Uses techniques of the discipline in a competent way Skilled exercise of scientific technique Confident & expert wielding of scientific technique Employs scientific techniques at advanced level, with flair & responsibility
(8 of 16) Equipment
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No opportunity to observe Selects & uses equipment indicated in standard scientific routines Takes some responsibility for choice of equipment & supplies Confident & efficient selection & use of scientific apparatus Shows advanced insight & clever selection of needed equipment Invents & combines equipment to maximize experimental advantage
(9 of 16) Data Analysis (statistics)
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No opportunity to observe Understands numeric, measured & calculated qualities of specimens, samples, processes, etc. related to discipline Uses formulae, calculation & measurement with assurance & skill Understands reasoning behind formulae, measurement & calculations Accurately portrays, explains & interprets data calculation & results of scientific processes related to the discipline Innovative, audacious use of data to draw novel conclusions related to the discipline
(10 of 16) Independent Thought/Innovation/Invention
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No opportunity to observe Tries proven methods with skill & 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 & new insights to create new equipment, combine resources or find evidence supporting new conclusions Confident, smart new queries pursued toward innovative process & result
(11 of 16) Organizational Skills, Planning
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No opportunity to observe Prepares systematically with some foresight for inquiry, experiment or field trip Looks ahead to lab, field or other environment & assures to a great extent all requirements for completion of scientific process to conclusion Provides for & accesses needed resources, organized in useful & orderly way, for scientific process related to discipline Virtually always makes accurate arrangements for successful conclusion to scientific process Accurately forecasts needs for materials, equipment & other resources to successfully complete process related to discipline
(12 of 16) Communication Skills
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No opportunity to observe General capacity to communicate evidence of a scientific nature Accurate, detailed, systematic & sound communication of process &/or findings related to discipline Portrays evidence, data & interpretation in convincing manner Creates engaging, lively account of scientific process &/or finding Clever, persuasive communication of scientific materials, concepts, results
(13 of 16) Written Skills (what would be expected at undergrad level?)
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No opportunity to observe Shows evidence of general & written competence in scientific applications Competent level of written scientific material Skilled, adept, presentation of scientific ideas & practices in writing Record of scientific publications & reports Demonstrates unusual clarity & convincing style in published scientific writing
(14 of 16) Oral Skills
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No opportunity to observe Exhibits evidence of capacity to explain basic scientific concepts & related interests Competent level of oral presentation of material of scientific detail & complexity Shows insight & capacity to illustrate, compare, contrast & explain scientific material orally Advanced, broad skills in oral presentation of scientific information & conclusions Shows flair for convincing presentations of scientific information, numeric data & conclusions
(15 of 16) Computer Literacy Skills
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No opportunity to observe Basic computer literacy & numeracy related to scientific uses Generally knowledgeable in computer & software application related to science usage Wields computers software & allied equipment & supplies in skilled fashion Advanced levels of computer usage Adept & daring in scientific computer usage
(16 of 16) 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 & themes at a general level in the scientific literature 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 the related scientific disciplines Systematic & thorough in engaging current themes in science writing, debate & issue identification Can comment with advanced & grounded insight on issues, themes, controversies & advances in science

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Updated May 19 2016 by Student & Academic Services

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