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Course Outcomes

 

Physics Department Goals

1. The goal of the physics department is to provide quality required courses for programs.

2. After taking a course in the physics department, students should be able to…

Demonstrate their knowledge of the basic scientific principles and fundamental concepts and skills of the field

Solve problems utilizing scientific reasoning, quantitative methods, and acquired knowledge and skills

Communicate scientific ideas clearly and effectively

 

 

Physics Course Goals

 

Astronomy 1000 – Highlights of Astronomy

Students will be able to…

Explain astronomical phenomena

Explain how astronomers arrive at their understanding of astronomical phenomena

Explain how astronomers confirm their theories of astronomical phenomena

 

Astronomy 1010 – The Solar System

Students will be able to…

Explain astronomical phenomena

Explain the contributions made to astronomy by important historical figures

Explain how astronomers arrive at their understanding of astronomical phenomena

Explain how astronomers confirm their theories of astronomical phenomena

Explain basic principles of planetary science as applied to selected solar system objects

 

Astronomy 1020 – The Stellar System

Students will be able to…

Explain astronomical phenomena

Explain how astronomers arrive at their understanding of astronomical phenomena

Explain how astronomers confirm their theories of astronomical phenomena

Explain how astronomers utilize the electromagnetic spectrum to ascertain properties of objects outside the solar system

Describe basic properties and features of our sun, including nuclear energy generation, the sun’s structure, and the solar cycle

Describe the life-cycle of a star

Describe the nature and evolution of galaxies

Describe the history of the universe

 

Geology 1010– Physical Geology

Students will be able to…

Think critically about fundamental concepts in geology

Predict the geology of an area based on the plate tectonic setting

Explain people’s influence on Earth and Earth’s influence on people

Communicate geologic concepts effectively

 

Geology 1020– The Earth Through Time

Students will be able to…

Think critically about fundamental concepts in the geologic history of Earth

Evaluate how Earth and life on Earth have changed over time

Communicate geologic concepts effectively

 

Geology 1030– Natural Disasters

Students will be able to…

Think critically about fundamental concepts of natural hazards and disasters

Evaluate the causes of natural disasters

Apply knowledge about Earth to what is seen in everyday lives

 

Oceanography 1010– Intro to Oceanography

Students will be able to…

Think critically about fundamental concepts in oceanography

Assess people’s influence on the oceans

Predict and explain what types of life are present in different ocean habitats

 

Oceanography 1030–Oceanography Lab

Students will be able to…

Explain oceanographic concepts through data collection, analysis, and interpretation

Interpret and create graphs and maps

Interpret and manipulate numeric data

 

Physics 1000 – Physical Science

Students will be able to…

Construct an understanding of the topics taught

Analyze and qualitatively describe the concepts and principles learned in class

 

Physics 1030 – General Physics

Students will be able to…

reason in an organized manner and apply their reasoning to systematically solve physics problems

make measurements using laboratory equipment and perform calculations that verify physical principles

explain how physical principles apply in given situations

 

Physics 1040 – General Physics II

Students will be able to…

reason in an organized manner and apply their reasoning to systematically solve physics problems

make measurements using laboratory equipment and perform calculations that verify physical principles

explain how physical principles apply in given situations

 

Physics 1100 – Engineering Physics

Students will be able to…

reason in an organized manner and apply their reasoning to systematically solve physics problems

make measurements using laboratory equipment and perform calculations that verify physical principles

explain how physical principles apply in given situations

 

Physics 1110 – Radiographic Physics

Students will be able to…

Explain elementary physical principles of force, energy, electricity, magnetism, and electronics used as a foundation for circuit theory

Analyze a simplified circuit of an x-ray machine by explaining what each component is, what it does, its principle of operation, and its role in the x-ray circuit

Explain the atomic processes involved in the production of x-rays within an x-ray tube

 

Physics 2110 – Topics in Acoustics, Optics and Thermodynamics

Students will be able to…

Analyze the behavior of idealized systems by applying the basic physical concepts and principles

Describe concepts in the acoustic, optic, and thermodynamic branches of physics

Make calculations of simple systems using concepts learned in class

 

Physics 2111 – Introduction to Acoustics and Optics Laboratory

Students will be able to…

Analyze the behavior of idealized systems by applying the basic physical concepts and principles

Describe concepts in the acoustic, optic, and thermodynamic branches of physics

Make calculations of simple systems using concepts learned in class

 

Physics 2820 – Modern Physics I

Students will be able to…

Apply principles of modern physics to the practical world

Connect physical concepts, principals, and laws to engineering problems

Connect abstract laws with concrete objects and phenomena

 

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