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HIST 302 : Evolution of Scientific Thought

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Evolution of Scientific Thought
This course traces the development of science from the earliest times through the modern period, with particular emphasis given to our changing concepts of nature and of science itself.

This course is designed to enhance both the science and cultural literacy of the student. Its purpose is to present science as an ongoing humanistic endeavor, outlining the origin and evolution of major scientific ideas through history.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to do the following:

1. Differentiate between the four major historical models of Western science and their cultural (i.e.., religious, political, philosophical, economic, etc.) parallels.

2. Compare and contrast the various scientific ideas (e.g.., geocentric vs. heliocentric cosmologies, creationist vs. evolutionary biology, wave-particle duality, etc.) in the context of contemporary technological and social settings.

3. Defend the scientific method and the limitations and abuse of science.

4. Relate the origin, transmission, and evolution of scientific ideas from the earliest times through the modern period.

5. Judge the impact of science on religion and philosophy on economic, political and social theory, as well of the role of these institutions in shaping the scientific attitudes of the day.

6. Evaluate parallel and divergent features of scientific models through history.

7. Categorize scientific contributions made by the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians.

8. Be familiar with the meaning of the formulas used in Copernican astronomy, Galilean mechanics, and Newton’s laws of motion and be able to work elementary problems.

9. Understand and describe in simple terms the most important aspects of quantum physics and molecular biology.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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a. Supplemental reading: Various other books and articles as selected by the instructor. b. Audio/visual materials: James Burke, "The Day the Universe Changed," video tape collection

Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
Input Grading Item100

Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Written and oral communications, aviation and space applications of subject matter, and computer skills are emphasized in each course offered throughout the Worldwide Campus.
Joseph P. Bassi, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Tommy Walter, Ed.D. - 3/31/2015
Alan Bender, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Dr. James Schultz – 3/31/2015
1-14 General Education PO1 - Apply knowledge of college level mathematics to defining and solving problems;
PO2 - Apply statistical methods in the analysis and interpretation of data for the purpose of drawing valid conclusions relating to the solutions of problems;
PO3 - Communicate ideas in written form in both technical and non-technical areas;
PO4 - Communicate ideas in non-written form, such as through oral presentations or visual media;
PO5 - Recognize the importance of professional, ethical and social responsibility;
PO6 - Understand the natural world, to include the impact of the environment on aerospace operations and aerospace operations on the environment, as well as everyday life and professional experiences;
PO7 - Use digitally-enabled technology to organize and manipulate data, perform calculations, aid in solving problems, and communicate solutions, ideas, and concepts;
PO8 - Use scientific information in critical thinking and decision-making processes;
PO9 - Function on multi-cultural and/or multi-disciplinary teams;
PO10 - Apply economic principles to identify, formulate, and solve problems within professional and personal environments;
PO11 - Identify and participate in professional and personal development activities through organizations and self-directed learning;
PO12 - Understand contemporary issues in society
PO13 - Recognize the complexity and diversity of the human experience, including cultural, aesthetic, psychological, philosophical, and spiritual dimensions;
PO14 - Conduct and report research in accordance with professional standards.
Key: 180