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Approx. 23 hours to complete
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What you will learn

  • Learn how to think critically and understand the scientific method

  • Learn how to form well balanced and logical scientific arguments, read and design scientific research papers

  • Learn how to differentiate and discriminate science from pseudoscience, fake science and bad science

  • Become scientifically literate, and be able to critically evaluate information in the mainstream and social media, as well as every day life

Skills you will gain

Media LiteracyExperimental DesignCommunicationScience LiteracyScience
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Beginner Level

There are no prerequisite, but learners should enter the course with an open mind.

Approx. 23 hours to complete
English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Module 1: Introduction to Science

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 59 min), 10 readings, 4 quizzes
7 videos
A Difference of Opinion9m
Heuristics13m
Science isn't "Just a Theory"5m
Traditional Knowledge: Part 19m
Traditional Knowledge: Part 27m
Traditional Knowledge: Part 39m
10 readings
Creating Convincing Arguments 10m
Drag and Drop Activity: Empirical, anecdotal or logical10m
Biases in Decision-Making10m
Drag and Drop Activity: Types of Bias10m
Science and Not Science15m
Metaphysical Thought10m
Drag and Drop Activity: Metaphysical 5m
Accumulating Knowledge10m
Suggested Reading 10m
Drag and Drop Activity: Traditional and Scientific Knowledge 10m
4 practice exercises
Empirical evidence 10m
Preflection: Common Sense and Intuition5m
Common sense and intuition10m
End of Module 1 Quiz15m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Module 2: Pseudoscience

3 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 17 min), 7 readings, 10 quizzes
3 videos
Fraud Science, Bad Science or Pseudoscience?4m
Why do we fall for Pseudoscience?5m
7 readings
Drag and Drop Activity: Science vs Pseudoscience10m
Watch and Reflect: Hallmarks of Pseudoscience10m
Drag and Drop Activity: Hallmarks of Science vs Hallmarks of Pseudoscience 10m
Logical Fallacies15m
Drag and Drop Activity: Logical Fallacies 10m
Drag and Drop Activity: Uncertainty Vs Logic 10m
Carl Sagan: The Demon Haunted World 20m
10 practice exercises
Preflection: Science or Pseuodoscience?5m
Science or Pseuodoscience? Review5m
Science, Fraudulent Science or Bad Science?5m
Uncertainty 10m
Uncertainty Review10m
Video reflection: Skeptical or not? 5m
The Demon-Haunted World: Reflection5m
The Demon-Haunted World: Reflection II5m
The Demon-Haunted World: Reflection III5m
End of Module 2 Quiz15m
Week
3

Week 3

7 hours to complete

Module 3: Critical Thinking

7 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 28 min), 19 readings, 10 quizzes
6 videos
Correlation is not Causation 4m
Replicability in Evidence 4m
The Strength of Evidence 4m
Falsifiability4m
Occam's Razor4m
19 readings
The Who, What, Why, When and How of Critical Thinking5m
Thinking Critically about a Claim 10m
Thinking Critically About a Claim 210m
Revisiting terms about Correlation-Causation10m
Article: Illusions of Causality 20m
Drag and Drop Activity: Correlation, Not Causation 15m
Drag and Drop Activity: Replicability15m
The 3 Rs15m
Why didn't the bird cross the road? 15m
Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence 5m
Watch and Reflect: How did our view of the Universe Change?10m
Drag and Drop Activity: Claims Proportional to the Evidence 15m
Ylang Ylang Evidence Review 30m
Karl Popper10m
Drag and Drop Activity: Falsifiability and Risky Predictions 10m
Watch and Reflect: Falsifiability10m
Onsite inspection of reputed UFO landing marks at Duhamel, Alberta 10m
Drag and Drop Activity: Making Fewest Possible Assumptions10m
Recommended listening and reflection35m
10 practice exercises
Reflection: Critical Thinking or not? 2m
Lesson Reflection10m
Assessing Associations 15m
Assessing Associations 25m
Replicability15m
Why didn't the bird cross the road? 10m
Astronomy Video Reflection 2m
Lesson Preflection: Falsifiability30m
UFO or UF-NO?10m
End of Module 3 Quiz 20m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Module 4: Scientific Methods

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 23 min), 13 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Research techniques and models6m
Sampling4m
Correlation5m
13 readings
What is in a Scientific Paper? 5m
What Can Blind Fish Teach Us About Sleep?10m
Drag and Drop Activity: Critical Thinking and the Scientific Method15m
Drag and Drop Activity: Variables10m
What is a hypothesis5m
Drag and Drop Activity: Hypothesis testing 10m
Research Design 110m
Drag and Drop Activity: Population Sample15m
Research Design 25m
Research Design 310m
Drag and Drop Activity: Surveys15m
Research Design 410m
Drag and Drop Activity: Research Design Case Study15m
1 practice exercise
End of Module 4 Quiz 20m

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