Approved by Faculty Senate.

 

 

University Studies Course Approval

Department or Program: ____Physics_________________________

Course Number: ___460__

Course Title: ______ Undergraduate Research _______________________

Catalog Description: 460 – Undergraduate Research 1 – 4 s.h.

An opportunity for an advanced physics student to work with a faculty member on an

independent research project. A written report and oral presentation is required on results

of the research. Prerequisite: junior status and permission of the instructor. Offered every

semester.

 

This is an existing course that has previously been approved by A2C2 _X__.

OR This is a new course proposal _____. (If this is a new course proposal, the WSU Curriculum Approval

Form must also be completed as in the process prescribed by WSU Regulation 3-4.)

Department Contact Person for this course _____Richard Shields________________

Email: rshields@winona.edu________

 

The proposed course is designed to satisfy the requirements in (select one area only):

Course Requirements:

A. Basic Skills:

______ 1. College Reading and Writing

______ 2. Oral Communication

______ 3. Mathematics

______ 4. Physical Development and Wellness

B. Arts & Sciences Core:

______ 1. Humanities

______ 2. Natural Science

______ 3. Social Science

______ 4. Fine & Performing Arts

C. Unity and Diversity:

 

______ 1. Critical Analysis

______ 2. Science and Social Policy

______ 3. a. Global Perspectives

______ b. Multicultural Perspectives

______ 4. a. Contemporary Citizenship

______ b. Democratic Institutions

Flagged Courses:

______ 1. Writing

__X__ 2. Oral

______ 3. a. Mathematics/ Statistics

______ b. Critical Analysis

 

Approval/Disapproval Recommendations

 

Department Recommendation: Approved_____ Disapproved____ Date:______

Chairperson Signature_______________________ Date______

 

Dean's Recommendation: Approved_____ Disapproved ____* Date:______

Dean's Signature_______________________ Date______

*In the case of a Dean's recommendation to disapprove a proposal a written rationale for the recommendation to disapprove shall be provided to USS

 

USS Recommendation: Approved_____ Disapproved____ Date:______

University Studies Director's Signature_______________________ Date______

 

A2C2 Recommendation: Approved_____ Disapproved_____ Date:______

A2C2 Chairperson Signature_______________________ Date______

 

Faculty Senate Recommendation: Approved_____ Disapproved____ Date:______

FA President's Signature_______________________ Date______

 

Academic Vice President's Recommendation: Approved____ Disapproved____ Date:______

VP's Signature_______________________ Date______

 

President's Decision: Approved_____ Disapproved____ Date:______

President's Signature_______________________ Date______

Physics 460 Undergraduate Research

Oral Communication Flag

1. These courses must include requirements and learning activities that promote students' abilities to...

a. earn significant course credit through extemporaneous oral presentations;

Physics 460 requires both a written and oral report to receive credit in the course.

b. understand the features and types of speaking in their disciplines;

Students will be encouraged to attend AAPT Meetings as a non-presenter when they start their undergraduate research.

c. adapt their speaking to field-specific audiences;

The talk will be geared to present their research at the Minnesota Section of the AAPT.

d. receive appropriate feedback from teachers and peers, including suggestions for improvement;

Normally, students will practice their talk at a departmental seminar.

e. make use of the technologies used for research and speaking in the fields; and

Students can use a presentation software.

f. learn the conventions of evidence, format, usage, and documentation in their fields.

Students also must submit a written report that must use the standard documentation and references used in physics.

2. Course Outline

Physics 460 Undergraduate Research Fall 2000

University Studies - Oral Communication Flag

Dr. Richard Shields

rshields@winona.edu

Catalog Description

460 – Undergraduate Research 1 - 4 s.h.

An opportunity for an advanced physics student to work with a faculty member on an independent research project. A written report and oral presentation is required on results of the research. Prerequisite: junior status and permission of the instructor. Offered every semester.

Possible Research area under Dr. Shields

Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems

With computer interfacing equipment and Mathematica software, it is possible to develop mathematical model of complex system. For example, A coupled harmonic oscillator could be easily built using an air track, carts, and springs. The motion of individual carts can be monitor with ultra-sonic transducers.

Expectation for Students

Students enrolled in 460 are expected to develop a research proposal and present it to their instructor for approval. Once the proposal is approved, students then build the equipment and perform the experiment. Finally, the student is to write a paper and do a presentation on the results of the experiment.