Chemistry Learning Outcomes
To gain an understanding of the field of chemistry
- Learn the atomic/molecular nature of matter, and its interactions and reactivities
- Appreciate the traditional sub-disciplines of chemistry
- Understand how chemistry relates to other fields (inter/multi-disciplinary)
To develop skills in the scientific method in the context of chemistry
- Learn to pose relevant questions and design experiments to answer them
- Understand laboratory safety
- Execute experiments, especially with modern instrumentation
- Analyze and model data; judge the quality of data
- Understand results in the context of theory
- Understand ethical conduct of research
To develop skills in problem solving
- Conceptual problem solving
- Quantitative problem solving
- Critical thinking about complex systems
- Evidence based argumentation
- Troubleshooting (equipment, software, experimental design
To develop effective communication skills
- Use the literature (find, read and critically evaluate scientific work)
- Write well (notebook, report, journal manuscript, research proposal)
- Employ figures and other graphics effectively
- Speak well (discussion, oral presentation of poster and seminar)
To develop as a scientist
- Hone both independence and group work skills
- Understand the processes of research (experiments->study->program, paper and grant submissions)
- Foster creativity
- Lifelong learning (textbook reading and interpretation, filtering, primary literature)
Chemistry and Biological Chemistry Writing Outcomes
Grinnell chemistry and biological chemistry majors demonstrate their abilities to
- Negotiate purpose, audience, context and conventions for different areas in the chemistry and biological chemistry literature.
- Utilize a variety of formats to address a range of audiences and purposes.
- Laboratory Notebook
- Oral presentation
- Poster presentation
- Paper in the form of a literature article
- Produce writing that utilizes the main features of the chemistry genre such as tables, charts, graphs, chemical structures, spectra, equations and formulas.
- Evaluate and discuss the strength of the scientific evidence supporting the argument presented by the writer.
- Locate, evaluate (for credibility, sufficiency, timeliness, bias, etc.) and utilize effectively primary and secondary sources in the literature.
- Communication that integrates the experimental evidence with the interpretation of that evidence and its relationship to the chemical literature in a way that advances the scholarly conversation.
- Correctly employ chemistry and/or biological chemistry disciplinary citation practices and format.
- Work collaboratively to produce forms of communication.
- Give effective feedback; accept and act on the feedback of others to improve their own writing.
- Apply chemistry and biological chemistry disciplinary conventions to produce
- a clear statement of the purpose (or claim) of a particular piece of writing,
- unified paragraphs that are linked to and provide evidence for the central claim,
- convincing evidence,
- a conclusion that summarizes the argument but also offers a new understanding of the importance of the topic at hand,
- clear, concise sentences that offer logical transitions from one thought to the next,
- use of words and phrases appropriate to the audience, genre and purpose of the piece of writing
- text that is free of spelling, punctuation or mechanical errors.