STEM 250H: Team-based Research in STEM I

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Fall 2023
Credits: 1
Total Contact Hours: 54
Lab Hours: 54
Hours Arranged: 0
Prerequisite: Instructor permission; student must be eligible for the Citrus College Honors Program or obtain a recommendation from an Honors instructor.
Transferable to CSU: Yes
Transferable to UC: No
Grading Method: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Catalog Course Description

An introductory course in research for students participating in team-based STEM research or projects. Topics include reading discipline-specific publications, learning to be part of an effective research/project team, and presenting research/project outcomes with discipline-specific terminology. 54 lab hours.

Course Objectives

  • Read discipline-specific publications to inform team research/project direction.
  • Utilize discipline-specific instruments to conduct research/project.
  • Record methodology and data generated during research/project using discipline-standard format.
  • Analyze research/project outcomes and evaluate next steps in work.
  • Prepare an oral presentation on research/project using discipline-specific terminology.
  • Contribute to written report, summary, or poster authored by the team.
  • Understand how to develop team norms and communicate effectively with team members.

Lab Content

  1. Literature Review
    1. Identify credible information sources
    2. Prepare a written or oral summary of current state of knowledge related to research/project
  2. Teamwork
    1. Team structure
    2. Development of team norms
    3. Effective communication practices in teams
  3. Research/Project Planning and Implementation
    1. Identify goal of research/project
    2. Conduct research/project using discipline-specific equipment and instruments
    3. Documentation practices in the discipline
    4. Analyze data and/or outcomes
    5. Communicate data and/or outcomes using industry-specific terminology

Suggested Reading Other Than Required Textbook

Students will be required to read discipline-specific publications.

Examples of Required Writing Assignments

Students will be required to write reports or summaries of their research/project methodologies and outcomes using discipline-specific terminology.

Examples of Outside Assignments

Students will be required to relate discipline-specific concepts to real-world challenges. They will be required to analyze global issues and how the discipline may be used to address these issues.

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