Undergraduate Course Descriptions Winter/Spring 2010-2011 by DePaul University

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majors wishing to pass the illinois state exam for certification in earth and space science prerequisites isp 120 or hon 180 sdv 231 introduction to earth and space science without lab this course provides an overview of the dynamic geological nature of earth its place in the solar system and universe and the fundamental earth-sky-human relationship students will develop an understanding of 1 the processes that shape earth s surface and interior over geologic time 2 the formation evolution and physical properties of the sun and its planets asteroids and comets 3 the physical basis for phenomena such as eclipses phases and seasons 4 the formation evolution and properties of stars galaxies and the universe 5 the historical progression of human understanding of earth?s geologic history and its place in space and time and 6 the associated technologies that have enabled this progression students will encounter several historical examples that illustrate the provisional nature of science and the interaction of experiment observation and theory the format of the course is lectures discussions laboratory activities and student group presentations sdv 240 science at the edge of space earth s atmosphere and near-space environment play an increasingly important role in our lives in areas such as global warming ozone depletion and telecommunications the upper atmosphere is also a starting point for human exploration of space beyond earth in addition to learning about earth s upper atmosphere and beyond students will build simple scientific experiments and launch them on a weather balloon to an altitude of 100,000 feet lab fee sdv 310 scientific modeling introduction to mathematical models used in scientific work discrete dynamical systems continuous models stochastic models markov chains and compartment models course is example-driven with models being implemented on the computer prerequisites mat 151 sdv 360 scientific data analysis i descriptive methods of data analysis probability models statistical inferential procedures including regression and analysis of variance especially as it relates to scientific data arising from observations and experiments includes the use of one or more computer statistical analysis packages prerequisites mat 150 sdv 361 scientifc data anallysis ii advanced statistical and data-mining methods with science-related case studies topics include multiple regression logistic regression decision trees and naive bayesian classification prerequisites sdv 360 sdv 390 senior capstone i students will examine a scientific issue with historical or public policy significance from multiple points of view ethical social as well as scientific the topic will necessarily be one in which the interpretation and visualization of data plays a significant role in framing debate students will work individually or in small groups to create projects featuring the interplay of quantitative and non-quantitative approaches prerequisites sdv 361 sdv 391 senior capstone ii students work on a quarter-length project whose end product is either a detailed mathematical analysis or a visualization of several large scientific data sets the project will integrate a few of the science topics done in sdv 390 with data analysis and visualization collaborations with researchers and organizations such as educational institutions and museums are especially encourgaged sdv 399 independent study variable credit prerequisites consent of chair secondary education undergraduate course descriptions current s secondary education sec 309 teaching and learning secondary school mathematics prepares for teaching mathematics at the middle school and secondary school levels examines contemporary issues in teaching mathematics methods of teaching secondary mathematics and recent history in mathematics curriculum development emphasis on the development of alternative teaching strategies and the implementation of the nctm standards lesson and unit development evaluation and classroom