This course develops critical analysis of primary scientific presentations by utilizing the many scientific seminar presentations offered in the Twin Cities Area. These presentations include those given by educational institutions such as Metropolitan State University and the University of Minnesota or public seminars given by area industrial speakers. The student chooses eight one-hour seminars to attend; for one presenter, the student conducts further analysis and writes a 5-7 page paper demonstrating how the currently presented research integrates with the presenters past work or the surrounding research community. This course can, with instructor permission, be taken more than once for credit. This course cannot be used to fulfill the General Education Goal III Natural Science requirement. This course may be used to fulfill the upper division credits for the Chemistry minor.
- Identify the components of an advanced scientific presentation.
- Identify current areas of scientific research being conducted in local labs.
- Identify methodologies and instrumentation used experimentally.
- Gain confidence in writing about scientific research.
- Synthesize research about a central topic, organizing individual literature reports into a central written response.