FS 520 objectives:
Understand the philosophy of science and apply basic logic, reasoning, and creativity to scientific research. Specifically, students will be able to apply the scientific method, in various approaches, to research in the natural resources.
Recognize and develop non-trivial questions and approaches to research. Specifically, students demonstrate this ability by analyzing research questions developed by others, and by identifying a high-quality, researchable question of their own.
Apply problem-solving skills to research problems. Specifically, students will demonstrate this skill by developing, organizing, and describing a high-quality researchable question in an area of natural resource science.
Convey technical and non-technical information effectively in both oral and written forms. Specifically, students will demonstrate this ability by describing and justifying the above researchable question in both written and oral forms.
Overall outcomes (FS 520 plus the companion modules):
Students will be able to recognize and pose high-quality, researchable questions.
Students will be able to identify a variety of approaches to answering researchable questions, including approaches used in different natural resource disciplines.
Students will gain knowledge and understanding of areas of research in natural resources that are outside their primary area of interest.
Students will improve skills in both oral and written communication. Return to FS520 homepage