Graduate Classes

SSC 609/809 Colloquium on Scientific Modeling and the Research Process
Fall semester of every year

Provide an understanding of the way models serve as a framework for science; heighten awareness of the limits and inherent biases of scientific observations, and convey approaches for decreasing bias; make students more conscious of their assumptions about how the world works; develop practical skills in systematic processes of objective-driven research; improve standards of ethical conduct in science.

Graduate status

(S/U); attendance to sessions, several practice assignments to develop awareness and communication skills

Primary Topics:

  • Qualities of a Great Scientist
  • Observations and Perceptions: limitations, and sources of bias
  • Science and the Business of Science
  • Models as a Scientific Framework
  • Value of Models: types; inherent fallacies; paradox of perception, consciousness, and pattern formation
  • Developing Scientific Skills
  • The Process of Conducting Science
    • Identifying the problem
    • Formulating goals, objectives, and hypotheses
    • Designing experiments
    • Interpreting research data
    • Publication of research
  • Ethics in Science