On being a Scientist

Vakbeschrijving On being a Scientist
Collegejaar: 2017-2018
Studiegidsnummer: 4602OBAS3
Docent(en):
  • Prof.dr. F.H. van Lunteren
  • Prof.dr. S. Haring
  • Prof.dr.ir. I. Smeets
Voertaal: Engels
Blackboard: Ja
EC: 3
Niveau: 200
Periode: Semester 2
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Let op!

Students taking the complete (3 EC) course need to enroll in uSis for both part 1 and part 2 separately!

Toegangseisen

N/A

Beschrijving

Science and in particular the natural sciences play an integral part in our society. However, due to incidents concerning integrity the societal credit has diminished.
This course is designed to inform bachelor students on topics such as scientific integrity and social responsibilities of scientists. Broad questions, which are inseparably linked to these topics are discussed. Namely regarding the nature of science and the societal role it fulfills.

On Being a Scientist encompasses the following subjects:
• What is science
• Which questions do scientists ask
• What do scientists do
• What do scientists contribute
• Alpha, beta & gamma; how do scientists differ
• How is science organised
• Scientific fraud and indecency
• Science & Industry
• Science and societal problems
• Scientific activism

Leerdoelen

• Students will be familiar with the preconditions and principles of science and “knows what is and isn’t acceptable”.
• Students will have a realistic view of what science is and what scientists do.
• Students will recognise integrity dilemmas; know how to handle themselves in clear cut situation, and have a sufficient basis to be able to handle unclear situations.
• Students know and recognise similarities and differences between their own discipline and other disciplines in- and outside the faculty of Science.
• Students will know the role of science in society; will realise their own social responsibility; and will be able to independently take position regarding social issue in which science plays an important role.

Rooster

Date Time Location
Lectures
February 9, 2018 09:00-11:00 Gorlaeus 04/05
February 16, 2018 09:00-11:00 Gorlaeus 04/05
February 23, 2018 09:00-11:00 Gorlaeus 04/05
March 02, 2018 09:00-11:00 Gorlaeus 04/05
March 09, 2018 09:00-11:00 Gorlaeus 04/05
March 16, 2018 09:00-11:00 Gorlaeus 04/05
Examination, part 1
TBA TBA USC
Lectures
May 04, 2018 09:00-11:00 Gorlaeus 04/05
May 18, 2018 09:00-11:00 Gorlaeus 04/05
May 25, 2018 09:00-11:00 Gorlaeus 04/05
June 01, 2018 09:00-11:00 Gorlaeus 04/05
Examination, part 2
TBA TBA USC
Re-examination, part 1
TBA TBA USC
Re-examination, part 2
TBA TBA USC

Lectures and group discussions

Toetsing

Written examination and group assignments.

Blackboard

The course will use Blackboard.

Literatuur

Aanbevolen (niet verplicht):
On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research: Third Edition (2009). National Academies Press, Washington, D.C. – available as free download
John Hatton & Paul Plouffe (1997) Science and its ways of knowing.

Opmerkingen

This course is offered to all students of the Faculty of Science.
The course ‘On being a Scientist’ is offered in 2 parts; part 1 (2 EC) and part 2 (1 EC).
The programme Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences offer part 1 in year 2 (as part of Academische Vorming 2) and part 2 in year 3 (as part of Academische Vorming 3).
The programmes Biology offers part 1 and part 2 in year 2.
All other programmes offer the complete course (3 EC) in year 3 of the bachelor programme.

Aanmelden

Students taking the complete (3 EC) course need to enroll in uSis for both part 1 and part 2 separately!
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