1: We think students should demonstrate they understand the scientific method and can place the steps in proper sequence. This can be tested on an exam.
2: We think students should be able to correctly follow a step-by-step canned lab, collect data and be able to find information related to their lab using a data base.
3: We think that students should be able to correctly solve a problem using a tool (e.g. in physics or chemistry using an equation).
1: We think that students should be able to critique a study in terms of its design and also explain some of the ethical considerations of the given study. We’d need to create a rubric as an assessment tool.
2: We feel the students should be able to apply the scientific method if given a problem statement. They also should provide a critique of their own experimental design. They should also be able to design a basic lab experiment and do some basic statistical manipulation of their data. They should also be able to find a paper that applies the technique to a current situation. They would have to demonstrate they can evaluate the literature for appropriateness of sources. The output would be a written report or an oral report to help them build communication skills.
3: We believe the students should correctly apply the tools (e.g. know what equation to use to solve a physics problem).