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ID2003   Science Methods

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 10

ECTS credits : 5

Level : SCQF Level 8

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 1.00 pm Mon, 1.00 pm Tue, 4.00 pm Thu

This module provides an overview of the rationale, methods, history and philosophy of science. We explore the different definitions of science, the distinction between science and pseudo-science, the design of experiments, critical thinking, errors in reasoning, methods of making inferences and generalisations, the role of personal experience and anecdotes in science, the process of scientific publication and the role of anomalies in science. The module is collaboratively taught by staff from a number of schools in the university providing a useful methodological background for all science students.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 lectures and 1 practical class.

Scheduled learning hours: 32

Guided independent study hours: 68

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 1.5-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr C G M Paxton
Module teaching staff: team taught