The goals of Intermediate Science are twofold: to introduce the learner to the methods by which scientific knowledge is gained and organized and to expose the learner to the three major areas of scientific study--biology, chemistry, and physics. Simple experiments will give the learner opportunities to learn by practical experience.
Date First Offered:
Total Hours: 120
Lecture Hours: 3
Seminars and Tutorials: 1
Laboratory Hours: 2
This course is offered online:
Grade 8 reading and math levels or MATH 020, or permission of the instructor
Unit 1: Introduction to Science--scientific method, skills and techniques of science, the metric system, measurement, use of a microscope, use of appropriate instruments to make measurements, and the relationship between science and technology
Unit 2: Human Biology--systems of the body including skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, reproductive
Unit 3: Chemistry--periodic table, states of matter, organization of matter, atoms, properties and behaviour of elements, chemical formulae
Unit 4: Physics--force, work, weight, friction, energy, power, simple machines, problem solving,
Unit 5: Current Topics--may include genetics, environmental issues, nutrition, ecosystems, evolution, weather, the atmosphere, resources, or drugs.
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:
- describe the scientific method and its use to evaluate scientific data
- describe metric measurement and use of light microscopes and other instruments used in scientific measurement
- describe the systems of the human body, their general role in the organization of the human body
- describe the organization of matter, the atomic makeup and properties of matter and the elemental organization of the periodic table - - describe the use of some basic chemical formulae
- describe the concepts of force, work, weight, friction, energy and power
- describe the uses of of the concepts in some simple machines
- perform some problem solving exercises related to the above concepts
- describe some applications of some scientific concepts with genetics, environmental issues, nutrition, ecosystems, evolution, weather, the atmosphere, resources and drugs.
- to understand the concepts and terminology from the
three primary branches of science: biology, chemistry,
- to gain an appreciation for the methods by which
scientific knowledge is obtained and organized.
Final Exam: 20 %
Quizzes and Tests: 45 %
Assignments: 20 %
Lab Work: 15 %
reports for organizing data
Percentage of Individual Work:
Course Offered in Other Programs:
Please note that textbooks and resources may vary by campus and/or to meet the needs of individual learners. Please contact the instructor at campus of attendance for list of required books.
Required - Grecki, S., 2003, Science for the Trades (SkillPlan). Chapters Covered: Varies
Optional - Northcutt, E, 2000, Connections Basic Skills in Science (Steck-Vaughn). Chapters Covered: Varies