iCons 2 engages students in written and oral communication skill-building, emphasizing the different demands placed on scientists when we interact with scientists from our own discipline, other disciplines, younger students, and with the general public. For most departments in the College of Natural Sciences and College of Engineering, iCons 2 fulfills the Junior Year Writing requirement. Students develop the ability to create, articulate and write logical arguments to scientists and non-scientists. This necessitates learning to listen and speak well with scientists from other fields, and to give and receive constructive criticism. Work on theme-based projects is produced both individually and in teams, helping each student build their own skill set while building on progress from iCons 1.
This course will consist of three case study modules. Each module is a real-world problem that integrates knowledge from a biological, social, political, and economic perspective. Students are expected to transfer their knowledge from the broader General Education training into specific real-world issues. This courses satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for PLSOIL majors.
iCons 2 engages students in written and oral communication skill-building, emphasizing the different demands placed on scientists when we interact with scientists from our own discipline, other disciplines, younger students, and with the general public. For most departments in the College of Natural Sciences and College of Engineering, iCons 2 fulfills the Junior Year Writing requirement. Students develop the ability to create, articulate and write logical arguments to scientists and non-scientists. This necessitates learning to listen and speak well with scientists from other fields, and to give and receive constructive criticism. Work on theme-based projects is produced both individually and in teams, helping each student build their own skill set while building on progress from iCons 1.
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Do animals think? Do they have individual personalities, like humans? Do they have self-awareness, and awareness of the mental lives of others? Can they plan for the future? For many years, biologists avoided investigating such questions, but more recently, researchers have devised clever experimental approaches that have yielded surprising insights. In this class, we'll explore some of this research. As part of the FYS program, we'll also spend some time introducing you to some resources here at UMass, and will discuss strategies for success in this and your other classes.
This 4-credit course brings together topics from Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Natural Systems, and Social Systems in the context of real world scientific issues. Students will be expected to grapple with the scientific underpinnings of complex problems, including issues surrounding Clean Water, Climate Change, Energy Demands, and Disease and Biomedicine. Case studies will serve as the format/foundation in which students will learn and use fundamental scientific principles to investigate these challenges and quantify the scientific contributions to solutions. The case studies pursued will have political, social, and economic relevance, allowing for the study of scientific concepts and methods as they impact our society. (Gen. Ed. I) There are no prerequisites, but admission to the iCons Program is required, by application, in the semester prior to enrolling in iCons 1.
Multidisciplinary professional writing course. Research, analyze, reference and write in the formal and informal text conventions used by Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources Conservation, & Veterinary and Animal Sciences.
Multidisciplinary professional writing course. Research, analyze, reference and write in the formal and informal text conventions used by Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources Conservation, & Veterinary and Animal Sciences.
Multidisciplinary professional writing course. Research, analyze, reference and write in the formal and informal text conventions used by Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources Conservation, & Veterinary and Animal Sciences.
iCons III: "Team-Oriented Lab Discovery in Renewable Energy" involves student-driven, team-oriented laboratory projects focused on the interrelated principles of energy generation, conversion, storage and consumption, particularly emphasizing the science underlying renewable energy systems. Projects incorporate experimental techniques from the chemical, physical, mathematical, and life sciences. The intent of this course is to examine cross-disciplinary methods to address real world energy-related issues. Students will be expected to understand paths to energy solutions that cross many disciplines, and how an interdisciplinary approach may be used to solve energy problems faced by society.