Lesson Schedule

Natural World –Spring 2010

 

Session / Date

Due Today

Today’s Lesson

Homework

Tuesday

Jan. 5

 

Class Philosophy and Orientation

 

The Realms of Science

 

 

Short Paper :  Your Science Autobiography

 

Thursday

Jan. 7

 

Science Autobiography

Arguing From Authority

Non-sciences

Pseudosciences

Wiki-knowledge

 

Wikipedia Assignment

 

Tuesday

Jan. 12

 Wikipedia Assignment

Current Events

 

Experimental versus non-experimental science

An Introduction to the Scientific Method

 

 

Short Paper: Real World Problem

 

 

Thursday

Jan. 14

Note--Academic Monday

Next Tuesday—no class

 

 

 Introduction to Term Projects

 

Thursday

Jan. 21

 

 

Current Events

Field Trip to Emigration Creek

Team Time--organization 

 

Tuesday

Jan. 26

 Short Paper--Real World Problem

Limitations of Science and Its Methods 

 

Materials and Methods Exercise

Thursday

Jan. 28

 

  Current Events 

Controversies in Science--Past and Present

(e.g. polio vaccines)

Team Time

 

 Project Proposals

 Sample Project

Tuesday

Feb. 2

 

 

 

 Project Proposals—Initial presentations in Class

 Trouble shooting and Design 

 

Thursday

Feb. 4

Project Proposals

 

 

Current Events

Introduction to Evolutionary Theory

Historical Background

Humans as the World’s Greatest Evolutionary Force

evolution.pdf

 

Tuesday

Feb. 9

 

Discussion of Paper on Humans and Evolution

Natural Selection vs Commercial Selection

 

 

 

A growing threat on the Farm

Thursday

Feb. 11

Short Paper: Humans and Agriculture

Current Events

Introduction to DNA basics

Team Time—Data Collection

Born to Run

Tuesday

Feb. 16 

 

 

 

Introduction to Basic Genetics

 Short Paper—Your Genetics--

www.23andme.com

BRCA genes—Who owns your information?

BRCA Lawsuit

 

Thursday

Feb. 18

 

Current Events

Modern Techniques—Vaccines, therapy, diagnosis

Project Time

Tuesday

Feb. 23

 

Short paper: Your genetics

Midterm Exam—in class 

 

Thursday

Feb. 25

Population Genetics

http://www.ser.org/pdf/primer3.pdf

March1-6

Semester Break

 

Tuesday

March 9

 

Current Events

Ecosystems—An Introduction

Team Time

 

Thursday

March 11

 

 Utah Ecosystems—Challenges Ahead

Team Time – Proper data analysis

Long term ecosystem response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill

 

Tuesday

March 16

 

 

 

Current Events

 

Field Trip #2 – Perkins Flat or Jordan River

 

Thursday

March 18

 

Short Paper: Exxon Valdez

Wolves in Yellowstone—Introduction and Discussion

Endangered Species of Utah

Tuesday

March 23

 

Current Events

 

Modification of Food—Biodiversity and Obesity

Thursday

March 25

Habitat Destruction

Acid Rain

Ozone Depletion

Other fun stuff

Tuesday

March 30

Current Events

Scientific Presentations—A Primer

 

 

Evolutionary Response to Rapid Climate Change

Thursday

April 1

 Short Paper: Climate Change

 Science in Politics—Who to Believe?

 

 

Tuesday

April 6

Current Events

 

Can Habitat Destruction be Undone?

Columbia River Dams

Lake Powell

 

 

Short Paper:  ANWR

Thursday

April 8

 

Short Paper:  ANWR

Final Discussion:  Is there an end to science?

 

Project Time

Tuesday

April 13

 

Current Events

 

Project Time

The Process of Peer Review

 

 

 

Thursday

April 15

 

First  Term Project Presentations

 

Click here for guidelines to help you write your presentations

 

 Written Project Presentations

Tuesday

April 20

Written Project Presentations Due 

Remaining Term Project Presentations

 

Final Exam Review