The course Scientific Research describes these activities from the point of view of a professional scientist. While this inside look should appeal to students of all ages, the lessons provide support, accessible ideas, and specific language that do not dumb down the content but rather guide students at their own pace through most of the steps, insights, and experiences they would eventually face if they continue through higher education toward a graduate degree. On the other hand, knowing the practical, everyday basics of scientific thinking and laboratory activity could also serve as a necessary first step to a career as a technician or a lab assistant. While these jobs are hands-on and technical, the intellectual and historical background covered in the course provides an awareness that is essential to working in such an atmosphere.
- Introduction to Scientific Research and Exploration
- Fleming, Chain, and Florey: The Discovery of Penicillin
- The Scientific Method and Scientific Inquiry
- Designing and Conducting an Experiment
- The Data: Evaluating Results and Drawing Conclusions
- Reporting Your Findings