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Honors 205: Understanding Scientific Reasoning
Professor: Noretta Koertge 104 Goodbody Hall email@example.com 855-3622 (HPSc office) Office Hours:
By appointment; e-mail queries are also very welcome!
- Carey, Stephen S., A Beginner's Guide to Scientific Method (3rd ed.)
- Drake, Stillman, Galileo: A Very Short Introduction
- Nuland, Sherwood:The Doctors' Plague
- Koertge, Noretta: The Nature of Scientific Inquiry (web)
- Readings on the Library E-Reserves:
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- Regular attendance (three unexcused absences)
- Keep up with the readings
- Participation in discussions
- Weekly written assignments or quizzes
- Four hour exams and one final
- 20% for weekly assignments
- 70% for exams
- 10% for class participation
- Late homework will be accepted with an official excuse.
- You are encouraged to study together, but no copying is allowed on written homework assignments or exams.
- All assignments will be either sent by e-mail or posted on the web. It is your responsibility to check your e-mail and the web site at least every week.
Overview of course with core readings:
- Unit I: Overview of Scientific Method (NK Study Guide: Lessons 1-3; NK Text (web): Chapters 1-3; Carey: Chapters 1, 2)
- Unit II: Galileo Case Study (NK Study Guide: Lessons 6-8; NK Text (web): Chapters 4, 6; Carey: Chapters 3; Drake booklet; Galileo (web): “Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina)
- Unit III: Basic Statistical Methods (Carey: Chapters 4-5, Giere (web): Chapter 9, ?)
- Unit IV: Semmelweis Case Study (NK Study Guide: Lesson 4; Nuland book; Semmelweis (web): Excerpt)
- Unit V: Examples of Pseudoscience (Carey: Chapter 6; And ??)