PHYS 225: Team-Based Research in Physics I

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Fall 2023
Credits: 1
Lab Hours: 0
Hours Arranged: 54
Total Student Learning Hours: 54
Prerequisite: PHYS 110 or PHYS 110H or PHYS 201 or PHYS 201H or concurrent enrollment for any.
Transferable to CSU: Yes
Transferable to UC: No
Grading Method: Standard Letter

Catalog Course Description

An introductory course in research for students participating in team based, physics-related research or projects. Topics include conducting a literature review, learning to be part of an effective research/design team and selecting feasible research ideas for implementation and outreach. 54 lab hours.

Course Objectives

  • Do a literature review.
  • Compare similar projects and evaluate their feasibility.
  • Prepare an informal oral presentation on project idea.
  • Understand how to develop team norms and a team charter.
  • Contribute to the report written by the team.
  • Conduct at least one outreach activity related to the project.

Major Course Content

N/A because this is a lab only course.

Hours Arranged Content

  1. Literature Review
    1. Conducting a literature review
    2. Writing citations in APA format
  2. Project Feasibility
    1. Physics theories and models and their application to the project ideas
    2. Discussion of possible engineering designs
    3. Resources needed to develop the project
  3. Teamwork
    1. Team structure and management
    2. Team Responsibilities
      1. Development of team norms
      2. Writing a team charter
  4. Development of Educational Outreach Activities

Suggested Reading Other Than Required Textbook

Project-related science journals/websites

Examples of Required Writing Assignments

Write a section of the team report for the selected project idea.

Examples of Outside Assignments

Choose an article from a science journal and prepare a 5-minute oral presentation summarizing the article and its relevance to a project idea.

Instruction Type(s)