NS111 Understanding Nature and Knowledge

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
T P
NS111 Understanding Nature and Knowledge 3 0 3 Section 1: Mon 1-3PM Section 2: Wed 11AM-1PM
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Course Objectives We discuss the historical development of our understanding of nature. We take a philosophical view of the developments, starting with the Ancient Period up to contemporary thought. The objective is to provide a common understanding of nature and our knowledge of it, which will serve as a foundation to empirical and formal sciences. The is to enhance our understanding, aid rigorous and rational thought, promote critical thinking, and raise awareness towards fallacies. Learning Outcomes: 1. demonstrate rigorous and rational thinking skills 2. possess critical thinking skills 3. identify fallacies 4. demonstrate familiarity with the fundamental philosophical topics, such as epistemology, ontology, and axiology 5. conduct independent reading and oral and written communication of such understanding
Textbook None. On-line reading material will be assigned throughout the term. See the Moodle site for details.
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
    Teaching Methods This course requires home reading and preparation followed by extensive class discussions and a post-lecture review by the student.
    WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
    Week 1 Nature and Knowledge See the Moodle site for a list of reading material
    Week 2 Empirical, formal, natural, and social sciences Analytical/synthetic and empirical/a priory knowledge The scientific method, teleology
    Week 3 Empirical, formal, natural, and social sciences Analytical/synthetic and empirical/a priory knowledge The scientific method, teleology
    Week 4 Hypothesis, theory, theorem, law, axiom, postulate, variable, parameter, proof Parsimony, Occam's razor Verifiability and falsifiability, paradigm, normal vs exra-ordinary science
    Week 5 Hypothesis, theory, theorem, law, axiom, postulate, variable, parameter, proof Parsimony, Occam's razor Verifiability and falsifiability, paradigm, normal vs exra-ordinary science
    Week 6 Induction and deduction The problem of induction Mill's methods of induction
    Week 7 Induction and deduction The problem of induction Mill's methods of induction
    Week 8 Fallacy, paradox Qualia, the mind-body problem Explanatory gap
    Week 9 Fallacy, paradox Qualia, the mind-body problem Explanatory gap
    Week 10 Determinism, randomness, locality
    Week 11 Ontology and epistemology Systems, emergent behavior Scientific formal models
    Week 12 Evolution, Quantum theory, relativity, cosmology
    Week 13 Globalization and sustainability
    Week 14 Review
    Week 15 Review
    Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
    Final Exam (Oral) 1 40 1-5
    Semester Evaluation Compenents
    Class Participation 15 15 1-5
    Quizzes (oral/written/online) 12 15 1-5
    Homework (oral/written/online) 2 15 1-5
    Notebook 15 15 1-5
    ***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
     Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
    Lectures 2 14 28 Homework (oral/written/online) 2 2 4
    Class Preparation and Review 2 14 28 Class Preparation and Review 2 14 28
    Quizzes (oral/written/online) 1 12 12
            Total Workload Hours = 75
    *T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 3
    Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 06/11/2020
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