Aims of the Course
- Encompassing many elements of the discipline in a common
format so as to break down a student's natural tendency to
- Using materials which reflect contemporary activity in the
science, thus bringing to the course the excitement which comes
from the examination of the new.
- Emphasizing the use of original research reports and so
creating the need to explore the literature and the library - "The
textbook is the literature."
- Introducing "hands-on" use of modern instrumentation and
techniques with students having free access to instruments after
training in their use.
- Creating situations in which students are asked to exercise
increasing independence as the course proceeds, culminating in
small research projects in the last part of the course. This
sequence is an important element in building student
- Requiring that students give oral presentations and written
reports in the form of journal articles, thus emphasizing the
importance of developing communication skills and providing
training in them.
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