Dr. Harvey, Dr. Eyles, Dr. Symons, Dr. Ellis, Dr. Greenberg, and others that change each year (Fall 2018 – Winter 2019)
This first year iSci course covers content in mathematics, chemistry, life sciences, physics, earth sciences, and science literacy. There are five group research projects that supplement the content learned in lectures in each of the disciplines. Students will also have many engaging and innovative labs, that are either skill-based, or based on research projects. In terms of evaluation, a significant portion of marks come from research projects, in which marks are very reflective of the work put into them. There are midterms and final exams for each of the disciplines, as well as a “synoptic exam” which combines knowledge learned in different subjects and in the research projects. However, each midterm is worth so little that doing poorly on one of them will not affect your final grade by a lot. Overall, this is a very interesting course for first year iSci students, one where you have the opportunity to be very engaged with profs. While it does require a lot of work and time management, this is doable and the course is good preparation for upper year iSci courses.
Methods of Evaluation: Tests, exams, lab reports, projects, reflections, group projects