NAS 105 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                               Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Early Childhood Development, Administration of Justice (all specializations), Administrative Support Technology (General Office and Legal), Business Management (Management, Graphic Imaging, Marketing, Automotive Management, Motorsports Management), Information Systems Technology (Microcomputer Specialist)


Course Number and Title:  NAS 105, Natural Science Topics for Modern Society


Credit Hours:                       Hours/Wk Lecture:             Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb:   



I.              Catalog Description:         Emphasizes method of the scientific disciplines as applied to selected topics pertinent to modern society. Lecture 3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: 

This course meets the general education math/science requirement in the above curricula.


III.           Required background: 

Non developmental in English and MTE 3 competence.


IV.          Course Content:  Course content will vary according to the expertise and interests of the instructor.  However, all sections will cover the following:

A.               Scientific Method

B.               Experiment Construction and Hypothesis

C.               The Role of Measurement, Instrumentation and Systematic Observation in Natural Science


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:


VI.  Evaluation

A.   Describe scientific method in its broad outlines.

B.   Discuss the role of experiment and systematic observation in the natural sciences.

C.   Articulate key concepts, principles, and issues identified by the instructor in their course outline.

All students will be evaluated using some combination of tests, quizzes, and written assignments as defined by the instructor.  All students must complete at least one research project and one sustained writing assignment as defined by the instructor.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



VII.         This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


         Critical Thinking

         Scientific Reasoning