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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Fall 2007

T C 310 • Modes of Reasoning

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44692 to 44693 Multiple Sections

Course Description

Prerequisites: Admission to the Plan II Honors Program. There are no prerequisites, but students must be able to work independently and be amenable to a non-traditional approach to instruction and assessment. Course structure. This is a team-taught large-lecture format course with learning laboratory. The course size will be 100 students. Students meet jointly for two hours of lecture each week Students are assigned to one of four 25-student learning laboratory sections based on interest area. Meeting Times and Unique Number: Lectures: WF from 10 to 11 Monday 2 to 5 pm unique number 44692 Learning lab 1 for mathematics, computer science or theoretical science students Learning lab 2 for social science, psychology or clinical health science students Tuesday 3:30 to 6:30 unique number 44693 Learning lab 3 for experimental science students Learning lab 4 for humanities students Note: Course conflicts with the three hour labs are permissible as long as the student can attend the first hour of the a learning laboratory.

Overview: This course meets the requirement of a freshman signature course. Students are introduced to the traditions established in the arts and sciences for generating new knowledge from original ideas. Modeling after the way that faculty conduct research, students are required to create original research reports or papers that utilize skills introduced in lecture and developed in the learning laboratory. Faculty, graduate students and undergraduate mentors will form intellectual communities in which students develop confidence in creating original ideas that will be subject to inquiry. To assist in turning idea into product, students will be taught to use the resources of the university including libraries, museums and research collections, research laboratories and computer facilities.

Grading Policy

There are no exams. Students are expected to turn in high quality work on assignments and inquiries. Work that does not meet the standards of the instructors will be returned until the student achieves the expected level of work to earn an A for the assignment.


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