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[Phys-L] Re: Goals of the Introductory Course

I don't know if anyone has mentioned this, but it seems to me that it is
important to establish how you will know these goals are met. Since if
you can't tell, its not a very useful goal.

What data will establish with reasonable certainty that your students
have achieved the list below? Some may be easy to assess, others may be
much more difficult.



Rick Swanson wrote:

Here are the goals and objectives for my introductory course:

"Goals and Objectives: Course goals are to provide students with increased knowledge of physical principles; improved problem solving, communicating and cooperating skills; and the desire to apply their knowledge and skills. Each student should:

1. Learn and be able to apply the fundamental laws of physics.
2. Be able to solve problems using a systematic, logical approach.
3. Improve mathematics skills.
4. Improve their ability to think critically, abstractly, and logically.
5. Improve their ability to communicate effectively and cooperate with others.

General education: Students who are successful in this course will improve in the following general education areas: reading, writing, oral communication, mathematical skills, problem solving, critical thinking, and cooperating with others."

These have foundation in a solid educational model, are easy for students and administrators to understand and appreciate, and leave the door open for innovative, active classroom techniques.


Rick Swanson

Richard E. Swanson, Ph.D.
Dean of Instruction
Physics Professor
Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst, NC 28374 (910) 695-3715

Joseph J. Bellina, Jr. Ph.D.
574-284-4662, 4968
Saint Mary's College
Dept. of Chemistry and Physics
Notre Dame, IN, 46556
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