FACULTY OF FINE ARTS AND DESIGN

Department of Architecture

GENS 201 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Fundemantals of Natural Sciences
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GENS 201
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
6

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course -
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course aims to teach the students to solve the encountered problems in natural sciences with scientific thinking
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Observe processes and describe problems
  • Define reasoning, causality, randomness and correlation
  • Use scientific thinking method to solve the described problems
  • Apply scientific thinking to the basic principles of life
  • Describe the basic structural organization and function of human body
  • Learn to access information and test its accuracy
  • Perform basic scientific communication
Course Description This course comprises the scientific thinking approach to the encountered problems and the fundamental principles of natural sciences and of life.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction to the course Examination of the posted HIM 103 syllabus Prepare how to introduce yourself (write on a piece of paper for your own) (Name, High School, Hobby, and What you expect from this course in one sentence)
2 Introduction to Science Student should read: The Nature of Scientific Thinking (Harvard Graduate School of Education)- the related chapters of the reference material (pages 4-12). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_PKQ_M7AtU&t=41s
3 Identifying & Describing Problems Student should read: Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking – Concepts and Tools” (Dr. Richard Paul and Dr. Linda Elder)- the related chapters of the reference material. Student should prepare a short list of daily problems he/she encounters Examination of provided cases and presentations http://www.studygs.net/problem/problemsolvingv1.htm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B271L3NtAw
4 Scientific Methodology Student should read “A Miniature Guide to Scientific Thinking” (by Dr. Richard Paul and Dr. Linda Elder) pages 2-14 and Instructors' Notes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUP8rFWzVt4
5 Database Searching and Presenting Scientific Information 1. Accessing information and testing its accuracy: Google Scholar -Pubmed 2.How to Prepare an oral presentation? 3.How to prepare a poster presentation?
6 Scientific Persona (Student Oral Presentations) Preparation of presentations on topics previously selected
7 Introduction to Natural Sciences Instructors’ Notes http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/selection/recipe/ http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/selection/misconceptions/
8 MIDTERM Contents of weeks 1-7
9 Basic Principles of Earth Sciences Instructors’ Notes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGXi_9A__Vc
10 Basic Principles of Life I Cell & Homeostasis Instructors’ Notes Reading basic concepts from Campbell Biology, 10th Edition (Reece, et al.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URUJD5NEXC8
11 Basic Principles of Life II Biomolecules Energy for life Introduction to Metabolism Insructors’ Notes Basic Medical Biochemistry-A Clinical Approach, 3rd Edition (Liebermann and Marks) (Pages 341-347)
12 Basic Principles of Life III Basic Structure & Function of Human Body Instructors’ Notes
13 Students’ Oral Presentations Evaluation of a Poster presentation Feedback for the whole course 1) Student should prepare a summary (slide presentation) of the Project Homework with his/her group, according to “oral presentation guidelines”. The slide presentation (max. 2 slides) should include: Topic of Project-Scientific Question-Hypothesis-Aim and Objectives 2) Student should prepare some questions and also some feedback on the whole course (One good point and one bad point)
14 Students’ Poster presentations (Project on Natural Sciences) Student should prepare his/her poster according to the poster presentation guidelines and hang them on the Poster Area (Block A first floor) before 10:00 in the morning, 17.05.2017. Students should be presenting their posters between 10:00 and 12:50. A review committee will ask questions and review and evaluate the posters.
15 FINAL Weeks 1-15
16 Review of the Semester

 

Course Notes/Textbooks

 

1. “A Miniature Guide to Scientific Thinking” (Dr. Richard Paul and Dr. Linda Elder) 2. Campbell Biology, 10th Edition (Reece, et al.) 3. Instructor’s notes and Presentations
Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
2
10
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
1
10
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
1
20
Final Exam
1
50
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
5
50
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
50
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: '.16.' x total hours)
16
0
Study Hours Out of Class
14
3
42
Field Work
0
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
2
0
Portfolio
0
Homework / Assignments
1
30
30
Presentation / Jury
15
0
Project
0
Seminar / Workshop
0
Oral Exam
0
Midterms
1
10
10
Final Exam
1
15
15
    Total
145

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to offer a professional level of architectural services.

2

To be able to take on responsibility as an individual and as a team member to solve complex problems in the practice of design and construction.

3

To be able to understand methods to collaborate and coordinate with other disciplines in providing project delivery services.

 

4

To be able to understand, interpret, and evaluate methods, concepts, and theories in architecture emerging from both research and practice.

5

To be able to develop environmentally and socially responsible architectural strategies at multiple scales. 

6

To be able to develop a critical understanding of historical traditions, global culture and diversity in the production of the built environment.

7

To be able to apply theoretical and technical knowledge in construction materials, products, components, and assemblies based on their performance within building systems.

8

To be able to present architectural ideas and proposals in visual, written, and oral form through using contemporary computer-based information and communication technologies and media.

9

To be able to demonstrate a critical evaluation of acquired knowledge and skills to diagnose individual educational needs and direct self-education skills for developing solutions to architectural problems and design execution.

10

To be able to take the initiative for continuous knowledge update and education as well as demonstrate a lifelong learning approach in the field of Architecture.

11

To be able to collect data in the areas of Architecture and communicate with colleagues in a foreign language ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1)

12

To be able to speak a second foreign language at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise. 

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 


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