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Last approved: Sat, 11 Apr 2015 09:21:16 GMT

Last edit: Sat, 11 Apr 2015 09:21:16 GMT

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LSC (Life Sciences First Year)
170
032150
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
First Year Seminar in the Life Sciences
LSFY Seminar
College of Sciences
Biological Sciences (17BSC)
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Every Year
Spring 2015
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Letter Grade Only
1
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Seminar1.0
Course Attribute(s)


If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
Yes
2
 
 
2
various instructors
varies by instructor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Seminar18-16YesWill vary.
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
R: 11LSFY or 17LSFY
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
Topical problems in the life sciences. LSC 170 provides an opportunity for LSFY students to work in a small group setting with a faculty member to explore a topic within the faculty member's area of expertise. Emphasis will be placed on active, collaborative learning; effective communication skills; higher order cognitive skills; and applying the intellectual standards of critical thinking. Topics and instructors will vary from section to section and from semester to semester. Students can repeat LSC 170 once as long as the two sections are on different topics.

LSFY seminars will provide students in the Life Sciences First Year Program the opportunity to work with a faculty member in a small group (maximum 16 students) during their first year in college.  Having a single course number will allow a variety of faculty to teach LSFY seminars on 

a range of topics from semester to semester.  It will also make it easier for LSFY students to find first year seminar offerings each semester.


Like special topics courses, an LSFY seminar on a given topic can be taught no more than twice using the LSC 170 number- after that, the instructor will need to submit a course action for a permanent course number, either through LSFY or through their home department. Students will be allowed to take no more than three LSC 170 courses and all must be on different topics. Faculty who want to offer a 1-credit, letter-graded seminar to LSFY students will submit a proposal to the LSFY Program Committee, which will have responsibility for deciding which courses to offer as LSC 170 sections. The committee will make their decision based on the following guidelines.


To be offered  as an LSFY seminar (LSC 170), a course must:

-address a topic relevant to the life sciences

-be limited in size to no more than 16 students

-clearly identify student  learning outcomes

-state clear means of assessing each learning outcome

-incorporate writing and speaking requirements

-engage students in active or collaborative learning

-not be presented in a traditional lecture format

-challenge students to utilize  Bloom's higher order cognitive  skills (application, analysis,  synthesis, evaluation)

-require  students to apply the intellectual standards of critical thinking (clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logic, significance, fairness)


No

Is this a GEP Course?
No
GEP Categories

Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 

 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 

 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 

 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 

Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 

 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 

 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 

No additional resources are needed. Faculty will offer these courses within the context of their teaching loads or,sometimes,in addition to their current teaching load.

Student Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, students will be able to:

-evaluate how scientific knowledge is applied  in addressing a question of interest (instructor can  edit to be more  specific  in terms of the question of interest).

-describe  and apply  the intellectual standards of critical  thinking.


-demonstrate an ability to engage  productively in collaborative projects.

-communicate the results of their work in an effective and appropriate manner, either written,  spoken, or both (instructor can edit  based on the assignments incorporated into the course).


Instructor must  include at least one learning  outcome  that  reflects the specific content  of their  LSC 170  section.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Other10 pointsPre-Semester Assessment:

Details will be provided during the first class session. Full credit for completion of the assignment.
Attendance30 pointsAttendance at all class sessions is mandatory. This call can only work when everyone attends and participates. Only one unexcused absence will be accepted without penalty. After that, each absence will result in a drop of one letter grade unless a documented excuse is provided (preferably in advance). Please be on time-being more than 5 minutes late to class can be counted as an absence. It is impossible to do well in a discuss-based course such as this one if you are frequently late, absent, or unprepared.
Other50 points (5 points each)You will be given details about these assignments in class and on the Moodle site. You can expect homework to be due at each class meeting except the first. This will often take the form of a short Moodle quiz or written assignment. You can miss one homework assignment without penalty.
Exam20 pointsExam 1:

This exam will cover some fundamental principles of neurobiology, sensory processing, and the use of evidence in support of a conclusion.
Exam20 pointsExam 2:

This exam will cover the neurobiology of learning and sensory processing as well as the intellectual standards of critical thinking.
Other30 pointsDraft Report with Self-Critique:

As discussed in class, the report is a group product. Self- critiques will be completed and graded individually.
Other50 pointsFinal Report with Self-Critique:

As discussed in class, the report is a group product. Self- critiques will be completed and graded individually.
Final Exam40 pointsThe Final Exam will cover the neurobiology of attention, specifically with regard to how it impacts learning, as well as the intellectual standards of critical thinking, and the use of evidence in support of a conclusion.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Week 11 weekTopic:
Introductions; Pre-Semester Assessment
Week 21 weekTopic:
Questions and resources
Intellectual standards reviewed

Assignment(s) Due:
HW1
Week 31 weekTopic:
Neurons and neuronal responses

Assignment(s) Due:
HW2
Week 41 weekTopic:
Primary visual cortex

Assignment(s) Due:
HW3
Week 51 weekTopic:
Response properties

Assignment(s) Due:
HW4
Week 61 weekTopic:
Exam 1
Week 71 weekTopic:
Neurobiology of learning reviewed

Assignment(s) Due:
HW5
Week 81 weekTopic:
Attention and performance

Assignment(s) Due:
HW6
Week 91 weekTopic:
Attention and neuronal responses

Assignment(s) Due:
HW7
Week 101 weekTopic:
Attention and learning
Report reports

Assignment(s) Due:
HW8
Week 11 1 weekTopic:
Exam 2
Week 121 weekTopic:
Learning strategies

Assignment(s) Due:
HW9
Week 131 weekTopic:
Attention and learning

Assignment(s) Due:
Draft Report and Self-Critique
Week 141 weekTopic:
Questions

Assignment(s) Due:
HW10
Week 151 weekTopic:
Reflection

Assignment(s) Due:
Final Report and Self-Critique
Week 161 weekFinal Exam-Date TBD
This course was approved by UCCC 2.11.2015. Because portions were approved as the old CAF, this form was filled out by OUCC, with syllabus and CAF attached. Approval memos sent via email to Registration & Records and college liaisons.GMN 2.27.2015
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