Investigating the Flow of Matter and Energy in Earth Systems
This course is an inquiry-based survey of Earth Science designed to give a basic understanding of the energy transfers occurring in solid Earth and the processes by which they occur. The course has no lectures and involves small group work, large group discussions and extensive reflective writing.
For Dr. Linneman's reflections on the course and its design, see Investigating the Flow of Matter and Energy in Earth Systems: Role in the Program.
SCED 202 Student Learning Outcomes
Students successfully completing SCED202 will be able to:
- Explain to a non-scientist how science is a universal language that transcends race, cultures, and geography.
- Dscribe how people learn via different learning styles through group work in discussion and laboratory activities.
- Express their belief that scientific literacy is possible for any person.
- Develop hypotheses and design experiments to answer basic questions they have identified.
- Construct models explaining the components of systems and their interactions.
- Read and interpret scientific data presented graphically.
- Demonstrate understanding that sufficient data and multiple fundamental scientific theories are needed to explain complex systems and that these theories evolve.
- Use the concept of energy as a powerful tool for looking at the relationships of Earth systems and their changes over time.
- Explain with specific examples how the transfer of heat from the interior of the Earth toward the surface causes slow changes in the position of the Earth's plates (e.g., formations of mountains and ocean basins) and relatively rapid changes at the surface (e.g., volcanic eruptions and earthquakes).
- Explain that Earth exists in a solar system, consisting of a star (the Sun) and nine major planets, that resides in the Milky Way galaxy, consisting of hundreds of billions of stars, that resides in the universe, containing many billions of galaxies.
- Explain with specific examples how physical evidence, such as fossils, relationships between rock units, and radioisotopic dating, provide evidence for the Earth's evolution and development.
- Explain how energy interactions and changes are fundamental in explaining the dynamics of living organisms, the earth and the universe.