Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Chemistry

Academics

Learning Outcomes

The mission of the Chemistry Program at Wheaton College is to enable students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to understand our chemical world and to investigate its complexities.

We are committed to fostering students' creativity and to preparing them for meaningful careers in the Chemical Sciences. Students grow, learn, and discover through research collaborations with faculty members. Wheaton’s small classes and hands-on teaching style are uniquely suited to helping students emerge as responsible scientists.

 Goals of Communication Plan

Presentation
To demonstrate this skill, you will

  • Understand the purposes of communicating chemical information
  • Understand the audience(s) for such information
  • Understand the various genres of chemical communication
  • Know rhetorical conventions of chemical journals, structure, tone, voice, data display

 Documentation
To demonstrate this skill, you will

  • Identify critical information for experimental records
  • Develop skills of observation and description
  • Acquire appropriate scientific language
  • Record procedures, data and observations
  • Use symbols to represent chemical structures and processes

 Interpretation
To demonstrate this skill, you will

  • Identify and summarize main idea in a scientific paper
  • Explain graphical data
  • Understand the use of physical data to describe chemical principles
  • Draw conclusions from scientific information

 Synthesis
To demonstrate this skill, you will

  • Formulate appropriate focused questions/problems
  • Represent scientific information graphically
  • Predict results from prior knowledge or research literature
  • Propose experimental design

 Evaluation
To demonstrate this skill, you will

  • Critique interpretations drawn from research literature
  • Assess certainty of your experimental results
  • Place conclusions in the context of the broader field

 

 

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