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Natural and Physical Sciences Student Learning Outcomes

(6 credits)




1. Demonstrate effective use of technologies appropriate to the task and discipline

Creative thinking

Technological competencies

New media literacies

Communication and presentation skills

Inter-personal skills

For those students who have worked in a group presentation:

Ability to work as part of a team

Demonstrated presence as part of a virtual team

2. Demonstrate the ability to locate sources when information is needed, and to evaluate the authenticity, validity, and reliability of resources applied to a specific purpose

Research skills: ability to locate, organize, and evaluate a multitude of sources

Ability to assess source materials and their suitability for targeted application

10. Describe how the methods of science are used to generate new knowledge


Communication skills

Analytical skills

Ability to translate material into abstract and non-abstract concepts and advanced concepts into simpler terms

11. Use graphical, symbolic and statistical methods to organize, analyze and interpret data in a manner appropriate to the discipline

Informational (e.g. graphic; statistical) literacies

Ability to analyze field data

Ability to collect data and report on it with precision

Knowledge of analytics

19. Describe the foundational knowledge and impacts of a field of science using analytical tools appropriate to the field

Analytical skills

Descriptive analytical skills

Qualitative reasoning

Ability to analyze field data

Critical thinking

20. Use knowledge and observations to formulate hypotheses, identify relevant variables and design experiments to test hypotheses 

Descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytical skills

Ability to analyze field data

Qualitative reasoning

Creative thinking

Critical thinking

21. Develop concepts of accuracy, precision, and the role of repeatability in the acquisition of scientific data


Abstract reasoning and data interpretation skills

Understanding of instrument specifications

Quantitative synthesis skills