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Scientific Method and Experimental Design

Course Number: OCMB - 8550, MEVS - 5480, CZMT - 0715, and BCOR - 55805

This course provides a broad historical overview of biological sciences since Aristotle through Darwin with emphasis on both the experimental design of seminal studies as well as the evolving philosophical approaches to the acquisition of knowledge from methodological naturalism to critical rationalism, Karl Popper and the hypothetico‐deductive model for scientific method.

Learning outcomes

The students will:

  • be familiar with the history of biological sciences including selected scientists and their famed experiments
  • be familiar with the history of the philosophical underpinnings of the current definitions of science and the scientific method
  • be able to use the hypothetico-deductive method in their own research and the student will understand both the strengths and shortcomings of this method.
Textbooks:

None

Fall 2013 Syllabus

Oceanography Library Course Guide

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