Physics: Assessment of GER courses

 

GER Courses in Physics

Physics offers several GER courses which fall into one of the following categories, given together with the course goals as stated in the Morris Catalogue 2009-11. The bold-printed courses indicate courses which are typically taken by students for the only purpose of fulfilling a GER requirement; other courses are part of major programs.

1.     Physical and Biological Sciences: To increase studentŐs understanding of the structure and dynamics of the physical and biological worlds, and of the scientific method.

 

Courses Sci:        Phys1053 Stars, Galaxies, Cosmology

                                    Phys1062 Physics of L:ight and Color

                                    Phys3001 Astrophysics

                                    Phys3002 Biological and Medical Physics

                                    Phys3101 Classical Mechanics

                                    Phys3201 Mathematical Methods in Physics

                                    Phys3501 Statistical Physics

                                    Phys4101 Electromagnetism

                                    Phys4201 Quantum Mechanics

 

Courses Sci-L:    Phys1052 Solar System

                                    Phys1091 Principles 1

                                    Phys1092 Principles 2

                                    Phys1101 General Physics 1

                                    Phys1102 General Physics 2

                                    Phys2101 Modern Physics

                                    Phys2201 Circuits and Electronic devices

                                    Phys2401 Optics

                                    Phys3401 Experimental Physics

 

2.     People and the Environment: To increase studentŐs understanding of the interrelatedness of human society and the natural world

 

Courses Envt:     Phys1063 Physics of Weather

                                    Phys2301 Atmospheric Physics

 


 

Assessment Methods

For both types of GER courses offered in the physics discipline, the course goals as stated in the syllabi make explicit reference to the stated goals of the GER category.

Sci/Sci-L:

The content of the Sci/Sci-L courses is explicitly geared to increase the understanding of the structure and dynamics of the physical world, and of the scientific method. Content learning is assessed in grades in those in those courses.

An increase in understanding can be measured by pre- and post-testing. The discipline is exploring this option.

Envt:

The Syllabi of these courses state the goal explicitly to increase studentŐs understanding of the interrelatedness of human society and the natural world. Course content is geared toward this goal. Tests and class materials contain questions to gauge in particular studentŐs understanding of the connection between society and natural environment.

An increase in understanding can be measured by pre- and post-testing. The discipline is exploring this option.

 

2009-2010 Academic Year:

The discipline will have a meeting in November 2009 to fine-tune GER goals, and assess those for two categories, or two courses in the spring semester.

An assessment meeting will be held in early May to review the outcomes and make recommendations for improvements.