Descriptive statistics, scientific ethics, and design, construction, and reporting the results of experiments.
The Physics Department is revamping its undergraduate advanced laboratory curriculum to increase hands-on laboratory work. PHYS310 is part of that project, along wth PHYS541 and PHYS542, and the concomitant deletion of PHYS308 and PHYS309. Currently, the laboratory portion of the general physics major consists of only 5 of 42 credit hours (12%), and one third of that is at the 200-level. The new set of courses will increase the experimental component to at least 8 hours, and up to 11, depending on a student's choices. This will enhance our students' competitiveness for graduate school or positions in industry, and will allow them to develop an appreciation of issues unique to experimentation.
PHYS310 (4 credits) is a merger of PHYS308 (2 credits) and PHYS309 (2 credits) that aims at optimization of the intermediate laboratory curriculum to also include content on scientific literacy and ethics. Another important aspect is that the merger will allow us to offer this course each semester. PHYS308 and PHYS309 are currently offered only in Fall and Spring, respectively. PHYS310 will be offered every semester, so the students' opportunities will increase with this change as they will no longer be obligated to begin the 308/309 sequence in the Fall.
This proposal could go forward as it is, but would benefit from changing the formatting of grade percentages, as just discussed in comments for PHYS 542. I'm returning this so that it stays in the same batch as the other PHYS labs being proposed.
The formatting of grade percentages appears changed as requested.
Looks like a nice course. Good job!
Thank you for submitting your proposal to the Committee on Curricula & Courses. We are moving your proposal forward to the Faculty Senate. We appreciate your patience and commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.