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PHILOSOPHY of SCIENCE FSG500 SEMESTER Mar 2014-July 2014

Class Meets weds at DK DELTA FSG 5:10 pm - 7: 00 pm

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Formative Assessment Task1     Science Research Presentation Rubric     Science Research Presentation Scoring Sheet     Science Research Presentation Scoring Sheet-Rubrics

Classroom Presentation: Download the power-point on Scientific Research. Use the references cited to inquire more. Read more on Scientific Method. Watch Feynman's video

Midterm Summative Assessment Task: Provide YOUR View on the Scientific Method as THE Method of Finding the TRUTH about Nature.  Submit your 1,000 words write-up to Turnitin latest by Apr 23rd, 2014. Read more

 

Critical Analysis of Science Paper: Polymer Paper1-Polymer Fiber Composites. Paper 2-Polymer Rubber Recycling.

Critical Analysis of Science Paper: Textile: Paper1-Ballistics on Coated Fiber. Paper 2-Fabric Stitching & Ballistics.

If you choose a different journal article, please hand in both the hardcopy and the digital copy of the article.

The Assignment - Descriptive of the task. (replace "navigation" with your own discipline)

Choose one paper only. Using the learning task exercise and my powerpoint file on Research, critically analyze the paper in terms of the the type, purpose of doing the research, research questions & problem statement, hypothesis and literature review. You may choose to do beyond the Lit. Rev.. The task is for you to write the critical review of about 1,000 words. Refer to the course outline for the formatting of your submission.

Submit your critical review to TURNITIN NO LATER than June 29th, 2014

There are a lot of examples of critical review available on the internet. I am providing you with some relevant reading material to guide you understand what is a critical review and HOW to write a critical review of a primary research

1. Plan A Critical Review     2. Intro to Good Abstract     3. Write a Journal Article Review

Debate will be held the week of June 10th-17th, 2014. Title:

1. "Nuclear energy is the most appropriate form of alternative energy for Malaysia". OR

2. Higher Education Practices in Malaysia/UiTM MUST Transform to support achievement of VISION 2020".

  1. Choose your own debate team members. Each team must have a good mixture of boys & girls.

  2. Choose and arrange the venue and time during our scheduled class time (5pm - 7pm) and extend it for another hour if need be. The AS2285 may need to have 2 parallel sessions.

  3. Each team for the session must have the same number of members. If there are 4 members for the affirmative, then the opposition will also have 4 members. The session chair and time keeper will come from those who are not debating for the session. Choose them in advance

  4. The other students who are in the audience for each session will score the debate using the rubrics provided. You may score in groups of 4 instead of individually. Upload your scores to padlet wall and email them to fsg500.mar2014@gmail.com and cc to jjnita@salam.uitm.edu.my & jjnita@gmail.com.

  5. Record the debate and upload to youtube. Upload the link to padlet wall. This debate is yours. You will organize and evaluate the debate.

Debate Matrix     Debate Rubric      Debate Format       Evaluation Form-Affirmative     Evaluation Form-Against  Judges    Khairani   Attendance   Stephen Hawkings-A Brief History of Time


Submit (upload) your file to Turnitin Plagiarism Software to Check Your Originality Index. But you must first do the following:

Use the class ID and password given below to create a profile for New Users. You must create the profile as a student. Use the quickstart guide to know how to to enroll.

Quickstart guide to use Turnitin: http://www.turnitin.com/static/pdf/tii_student_qs.pdf    or   HELP Register ME  or REGISTER ME NOW

Use the ID and password below to enroll in the respective classes.

Dr JJ's class: Class ID AS 201: 7781040. Class ID AS 2245: 7781446 Class ID AS . Philosophy of Science Sept 2013.

The Password to login is fsg500mar14 (ACTIVE)

The similarity index will be calculated by TURNITIN and you may view how many percent of your paper is similar to the internet sources.

Papers with similarity index more than 40% (i.e. less than 60% of the paper is original) will not be accepted.

How to enroll Forgot your password?? Viewing your originality index How to submit paper Sage Dictionary

 

CLASS WILL MEET on Wednesdays  5:10 - 7:00 pm  in room DK DELTA

ATTENDANCE IS COMPULSORY TO ALL STUDENTS. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO COME,

MAKE PRIOR ARRANGEMENT TO SMS ME. MY MOBILE # is 0193551621.

Debate List Scheduling     Your Debate Marks

 

Selamat Datang (Welcome) 
Applied Sciences Education Research Group (ASERG)
Faculty of Applied Sciences (FSG) , Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
40450 Shah Alam, Selangor, MALAYSIA
 

"The strongest arguments prove nothing so long as the conclusions are not verified by experience. Experimental science is the queen of sciences and the goal of all speculation." Roger Bacon

"I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me". - Isaac Newton

"Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don't know".- Bertrand Russell

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Associate Professor Dr. Jaafar Jantan
a.k.a. Dr. J.J.

  • Born June 21st, 1961 in Malacca, West Malaysia.

High Schools: 

  • St. David's High School, Bukit Bahru ('74-'76) 
  • Sekolah Menengah Sains Melaka (Sek. Menengah Muzaffar Syah), Air Keroh ('77-'78)
  • Sek. Dato' Abdul Razak, Seremban ('79)

But just call me

Tertiary Education

  • Kansas State University, Manhattan Kansas ('80-85; '91-94)
  • Maktab Perguruan Temenggong Ibrahim, Johor Bahru ('86).

Present Position:

  • Vice-Chair, Asian Physics Education Network, UNESCO
  • Chair, Asian Physics Education Network, Malaysia
  • Chair, Outcome-Based Education (OBE), FSG, UiTM
  • OBE consultant and trainer for OBE curriclum design
  • Faculty Member, Physics Dept., Faculty of Applied Science, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, MALAYSIA ('87 - present).

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Introduction:

This course is offered in order to address the faculty's vision and mission which are reflected in the program's educational objectives. Specifically, FSG500 will be addressing MOHE outcomes LO3, LO4, LO5 and LO6. . FSG hopes that upon the graduation, students will be able to:

 
LO3 Propose solutions to authentic discipline and societal problems using the scientific and critical thinking skills.
LO4 Verbally and in writing, express and articulate scientific ideas effectively.
LO5 Work affectively in a team.
LO6 Demonstrate the ethics, values and professionalism in their science pursuit.
LO7 Demonstrate skills on life-long learning

Course Objective:

Philosophy of science will focus on epistemology through the concepts of knowledge, beliefs, truth and logic, followed by the domain of metaphysics, the nature of scientific explanations, critical and science skills as well as moral and ethical issues in science. Students will  occasionally listen to but mostly will participate and actively engage via dialogues during the 2-hour lecture session. In addition, they will be reading, researching and philosophically analyzing content of selected articles on science propositions and methods and will communicate their arguments and reasoning both verbally and in writing. It is hoped that students will develop or enhance their science reasoning and critical skills, always able to find ways to provide evidence through the scientific method in justifying their claims. It is also hoped that students will be able to enhance and use their declarative and functional (procedural) knowledge in science to help them become a knowledgeable citizen, able to identify problems, provide scientific arguments and solutions verbally and in written form to assist, counter or balance the decision-making process by themselves, by their family, by teams at their workplace but most importantly those that are made by the country and by the Islamic brotherhood worldwide.


Course Outcomes: On completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically assess the use of nuclear as an alternative energy source. (40%) (LO3-CTPS3). . Assessment task: Assess a paper. Formative Assessment task 1: Paraphrase or summarize arguments provided by Intan (Intan argued on both the balls dropping and on the concept of truth, so you need to address both issues) and Maisarah. Then critically analyze the premises and the conclusion. Can you decide on whether the argument is invalid, flawed, valid or sound based on your analysis? Email your paraphrase/summary, critical analysis and your desision to fsg500@gmail.com by Oct 24th, 2013. Copy the email to yourself and to jjnita@gmail.com. Maisarah's argument Intan's argument. Summative assessment: Classroom presentation on scientific research.

  2. (Debate) and argue ideas of science contemporary issues clearly and cogently (30%) (LO4-CS3). Assessment task: Midterm paper on your belief on the scientific method, classroom engagement & end-of-semester debate.

  3. Analyze and form judgment on issues related to ethics in the sciences. (30%)(LO6-EM2). Assessment task: Classroom debate & end-of-semester Debate

Assessment Tasks: Summative

  1. One end-of-semester classroom (debate) presentation (evidence for both CLO1 (10%) and CLO2 (15%).

  2. One 1000-1500 words critical essay supporting or denouncing the motion on nuclear energy (CLO1 (30%), CLO2 (15%), CLO3 (10%)).

  3. One 1000-1500 words analysis of a journal article about human ethics in  science practices. (CLO3 (20%))

 

 

Course Objectives        Lesson Plan     Assessment           References

 

3.0             LESSON PLAN (download the syllabus)

 

Week

Total Hours

Contents

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 (Knowing You knowing Me - Learning Styles & Views About Science Survey)

Course introduction. (Overview of the course)

In-class writing: Introduce yourself by including the following: (Will be graded). Try out the TURNITIN software by uploading your word file for this exercise, Knowing Me Knowing You

Group registered in FSG500, Program, Semester, Name, Commercial Name, Student ID;

  1. Your vision, mission, your family background, your current academic standing (CGPA)

  2. Name the course (name the course in your field of study, for example, phy430 if you are in physics) you learn most and the course you learn least so far.

  3. Then provide justification why you are learning least and why you are learning most for the courses that you named above. Explain, how you would change the teaching & learning methods if you were to teach the class.

  4. Write also your expectations for this course, FSG500 and explain how you are going to accomplish that expectation.

Out of class writing: You will need to write a complete composition on the above and email to fsg500@gmail.com and upload to TURNITIN NO LATER THAN Jan 17th, 2010.

Email to  fsg500@gmail.com with a message title 'your group', 'your name' & 'date sent' (example of your message title: ASB2IP- Asmah Saim-170110).Save your word file with 'your group' & 'your name' & 'date sent'  (example: ASB2IP Asmah Saim-170110.doc)

 

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1

 (Knowing You knowing Me - Learning Styles & Views About Science Survey)

Science Attitudes Survey (VASS) & Learning Preferences Inventory (ILS)

Introduction to Philosophy, knowledge, beliefs  and truths

Download the lectures:  PDF zipped     PPS zipped

  1. The concept of philosophy, epistemology, metaphysics, logic and ethics in philosophy

  2. Definition of Knowledge: beliefs, truth, knowing and conditions for knowledge (Justified True Belief, Evidence, Skepticism)

End of class composition on beliefs about the natural occurrences.

Link to Aristotle Physics

 

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Introduction to Philosophy, knowledge, beliefs  and truths

Download the lectures:  PDF zipped     PPS zipped

  1. The concept of philosophy, epistemology, metaphysics, logic and ethics in philosophy

  2. Definition of Knowledge: beliefs, truth, knowing and conditions for knowledge (Justified True Belief, Evidence, Skepticism)

  3. Do you have the knowledge?? Diagnostic test using standardized instruments. ( A 45-mins test on your present knowledge in your field of study)

    • Conceptual Survey in Electricity & Magnetism (for the Physics, Material Science, Textile & Polymer groups)

    • Chemical Conceptual Inventory (Chemistry, Applied Chemistry, Food Tech, Forensic & Environment groups)

End of class composition on knowing about the natural world.

Link to Aristotle Physics

 

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2

Philosophizing on the Sciences, the scientific method & philosophy of science

  1. Do you have the knowledge?? Discussion of the scientific beliefs and the conceptual knowledge based on Conceptual Survey in Electricity & Magnetism (CSEM) & Chemical Conceptual Inventory (CCI)

  2. The Methods of Modern Science: From Observation to Conclusion (Theories, Laws, Principles, Predictions, Methods, Instruments,  Experimentation, Variables, Tables, Graphs, Analysis of results & Conclusion)

Mid-term paper assignment:

Provide YOUR View on the Scientific Method as THE Method of Finding the TRUTH about Nature

Introduction:

Outline the characteristics of scientists and state your position on the title.

Body of Composition:

You are to discuss whether your curriculum (courses you took) can prepare you to attain those characteristics. (focus on the program at UiTM)

Then discuss what your efforts are both while being a student and within 5 years after graduation for you to attain those characteristics. (focus on YOU)

Note that the focus of discussion is on being a scientist by embarking on your own education (your learning process) in achieving meta-cognitive skills, the science technical skills (knowledge and abilities) and the professional (generic attributes) skills.
 

  1. Length: Body of text (does not include the references) must be no less than 1,000 words.

  2. Font: Arial size 11. Paragraph spacing 1.5.

  3. Margins: Body of text is 1-inch all around on A4 paper. It must contain an Introduction. The body of the text must have at least 4 arguments followed by a conclusion. Use the usual APA or science format when citing your sources in the body of the text.

  4. First page must contain the title, your group & program, your name, KP UiTM, your picture, your hand-phone number, your email address and your position on the title (can or cannot),

  5. The references (bibliography) page, if any,  is a separate page and must be attached at the end as an appendix.

Websites for you to consider visiting to find guides on effective journal writing.

  1. APA Research Style Crib Sheet

  2. http://dbem.ws/WritingArticle.pdf

  3. How to Write Guide- Introduction to Journal-Style Scientific Writing

Digital copy (*.doc or *.docx) of the MIDTERM PAPER assignment are to be submitted to TURNITIN before May 27th, 2013.

*Note that proof of sent is NOT proof of receipt.

End of class composition on methods of science.

Download the lectures: PDF zipped     PPS zipped

 

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2

Science, the scientific method & philosophy of science

The Methods of Modern Science: From Observation to Conclusion (Theories, Laws, Principles, Predictions, Methods, Instruments,  Experimentation, Variables, Tables, Graphs, Analysis of results & Conclusion)

End of class composition on science versus non-scientific methods.

 

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2

Why Philosophy of Science?

 The Nature of Scientific Inference: Induction and Confirmation

Reasoning: Deductive vs. Inductive  (Arguments, Propositions, Premises, Fallacies & Conclusions)

  1. The problem of Induction

  2.  The hypothetico-deductive method

  3.  The method of conjecture and refutation

End of class composition on inductive versus deductive reasoning

 

7 2 TERM BREAK

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Why Philosophy of Science?

 The Nature of Scientific Inference: Induction and Confirmation

Reasoning: Deductive vs. Inductive  (Arguments, Propositions, Premises, Fallacies & Conclusions)

  1. The problem of Induction

  2.  The hypothetico-deductive method

  3.  The method of conjecture and refutation

 

[For the Debate:

Each group will be divided into smaller groups of no more than 12 to a group. 2 lecturers will be assigned as judges. Titles will be handed out 2 weeks in advance and you will be assigned as either affirmative or against. The aim is for you to justify and convince your audience that as a group, your arguments are scientifically sound. Arguments will include reasoning based on ethics and morality.

 

Topic 1: Scientific activities and not Natural Phenomenon is the Chief Cause of Global Warming

Topic 2: Solar Power is Key in Reducing Emissions and Hence Reducing Global Warming

 

Check the schedule (will be available by week 10)

End of class composition on inductive versus deductive reasoning

 

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Critical and Science Reasoning Skills in Philosophy of Science

Critical Thinking Skills

  1. Categories of Critical Thinking Skills

  2.  Philosophy of Science and critical thinking skills

  3. Critical and Science Reasoning Skills

  4.  Identify your Science/Critical Thinking Skills Using Lawson's Test

 

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 Critical and Science Reasoning Skills in Philosophy of Science

Critical Thinking Skills

  1. Categories of Critical Thinking Skills

  2.  Philosophy of Science and critical thinking skills

  3. Critical and Science Reasoning Skills

  4.  Improving Your Science Reasoning/Critical Thinking Skills Through Philosophy of Science

End of class composition on critical thinking disposition.

 

11 2

Communicating and reasoning in philosophy of science: Verbal & Written

  1. Effective Oral Communication: Traits of Effective Oral Communication base on Reasoning Techniques

  2. Planning Your Effective Oral Communication Session

  3. Planning Your Effective Written Articles: Outlining and Writing

End of class composition on effective communication.

 

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Ethics & Morality in Science

Moral Judgments

  1.  The moral society and the principles of morals

  2.  Science and Ethics in Science Reporting

End of class composition on ethics in science reporting.

 

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Public Speaking a.k.a. DEBATE. First session will be held on week 13 & 14 (Dec 12th & Dec 19th) ALL students will attend all sessions as either speakers or audience. The list of speakers will only be available by week 11.

 

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Public Speaking a.k.a. DEBATE. First session will be held on week 13 & 14 (Dec 12th & Dec 19th) ALL students will attend all sessions as either speakers or audience. The list of speakers will only be available by week 11.

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Final term paper are to be submitted to TURNITIN JAN 5th, 2013. LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

Replaced by the Critical Analysis Paper

Title: Create Your Own Title Based on the description below.

You have been identified by members of your community as a science literate university graduate and has been appointed to represent the views of the community. Your main role is to write an article to be submitted to the Ministry of Science, Technology & Environment. The issue is about the pros and cons of having a nuclear-power plant built near your community.

Introduce your paper by stating the problems the community is trying to address. You must base your discussion based on the observations your community had cited in your meetings with them.

The body of your essay will then focus on arguments to address the problems cited by your community. In order to be fair to both your community and the future direction of the country's energy needs, the body of your essay must include at least FOUR advantages and FOUR disadvantages of using nuclear energy as an alternative energy source.

Each of your point in support or in rejecting the proposed nuclear plant  MUST be supported by scientific data and inferences from local, national, regional and global research.

You can conclude by asserting your community's agreement or disagreement and your own personal stand on the proposed nuclear plant built near your community.

  1. Length: Body of text (does not include the references) must be no less than 1,000 words.

  2. Font: Arial size 11. Paragraph spacing 1.5. (The body of the text minus the front page and bibliography will be approximately FOUR  pages long (1,000 words).

  3. Margins: Body of text is 1-inch all around on A4 paper. It must contain an Introduction.  Use the usual APA or science format when citing your sources in the body of the text.

  4. First page must contain the title, your name, KP UiTM, your picture, program, group, handphone number (MUST HAVE) & email address.

  5. You MUST have the references (bibliography) page at the end of your document.

Websites for you to consider visiting to find guides on effective journal writing and samples of term papers..

  1. APA Research Style Crib Sheet

  2. http://dbem.ws/WritingArticle.pdf

  3. How to Write Guide- Introduction to Journal-Style Scientific Writing

  4. Few examples of term papers. Dr.JJ's Page

  5. Examples of articles written in the APA, MLA and Chicago styles

YOU MUST upload your word file to the FINAL TERM PAPER assignment on TURNITIN which will then inform you of your originality index.

NOTE THAT PROVE OF SENT IS NOT PROVE OF RECEIPT (I MAY NOT RECEIVE IT, SO ALWAYS CC A COPY TO YOURSELF)

 

  • Your article will be graded dichotomously (binary 1 or 0) according to the following category:

  • C1: Submission (whether I receive your article or not)

  • C2: Content:

  1.  Introduction

  2. Arguments (minimum of 4 pros & cons) with examples and supporting evidences.

  3. Citation of Supporting Sources.

  4. Formatting & Organisation  (Labeling of Introduction section, Argument section & Conclusion section) and

  5. Word Count (minimum 2,900 words or 6 pages of text)

  • C3: Research

  • C4: Bibliography (Bibliography using either American Psychological (APA) or the Science Format.)

  • C5: Originality in your writing (write using your own words) Similarity index reported by TURNITIN MUST be BELOW 40%.

(You will fail the paper if you fail  category C1, C5 and if the sum of C2 through C5 is less than 6).

 

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NOTES: Public Holidays:

 

"What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing." -Aristotle

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Assessment

                                                       You must pass ALL the criteria below to pass the course

ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENT:

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA/TARGET

End-of-class reflections via email:

Minimum of 5

Mid Term Paper: 
Minimum of 50%
Attendance:
Minimum of 80%
Dialogues (In-class engagement):
Minimum of 2

Oral Presentation/Public Speaking/Debate:

Minimum of 50%

Final Term Paper
Minimum of 50% AND originality index >60%

**You will pass the course if you satisfy the minimum performance criteria listed above.

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Textbook & References 

 

Textbook:  "Understanding Philosophy of Science" by James Ladyman

  1. Rosenberg, A. (2000). Philosophy of Science : A Contemporary Introduction, Routledge, London.

  2. Schick Jr, T. (2000). Readings in the Philosophy of Science: From Positivism to Postmodernism, Mayfield Publishing Company.

  3. Losee, J., (1993).  A Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Science, 3rd Edition, Oxford.

  4. Teichman, J. and Evans, K.C., (1995).  Philosophy, A Beginnerís Guide, 2nd Edition, Blackwell, Oxford,

  5. Al-Attas S.M.N., (1999).  The Concept of Education In Islam, A Framework for An Islamic Philosophy of Education, ISTAC, Kuala Lumpur.

  6. Engel, S. M., (1982).  With Good Reason, An Introduction to Informal Fallacies, 2nd Edition, St. Martinís Press, New York.

  7. Edwards P. A ., (1973).  Modern Introduction to Philosophy, The Free Press, New York.

  8. Ginsburg, H.P. & Opper, S. Piaget's Theory of Intellectual Development, 3rd. ed.

 

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