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CLA201H5 Lecture 1: Course Introduction

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Benjamin Wheaton

Course Introduction Course Information • Professor: Ben Wheaton • Office hours: Erindale Hall room 212, Wednesdays 4-5pm What the course is about • Scientific uses o Eg. Naming planets • Terminology o Why do we need specific terminology? ▪ Provides an easy form of communication for scientists o Each part of the scientific community creates a language of its own, which enables its practitioners to have productive discussions about their objects of study o Every discipline does this • Famous historians o Copernicus o Bruno Krusch o Carl von Linne (Carolus Linnaeus) • Why Latin and Greek? o It’s there- original scientific theories and principles are written in them o Neutral medium o Reminds us of our scientific heritage Learning Goals • Acquire a working vocabulary of the fundamental Greek and Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes key to understanding scientific terms • Develop competency in using unfamiliar words to communicate and comprehend scientific results in oral and written contexts • Gain the skills necessary to identify the Greek and Latin elements of scientific terminology and give their meaning • Understand the historical processes leading to the development of current scientific terminology Assessment • Weekly assignment- 10% total • Weekly quiz- 2.5% each, 20% total • Midterm- 15% total • Vocabulary analysis paper- 15% total • Final exam- 40% total Sample Quiz Question • Analyze the following word, diving it into its Latin and Greek elements and giving the meaning of each (1 mark/stem) • Carnivorous: CARNI-VOR-ous, “flesh” + “to eat” + “having the characteristic of” Midterm • Include elements from quizzes • True/false questions • Short answer question on history of scientific terminology Vocabulary Analysis Paper • Builds on ‘word of the day’ studies • Select 10 terms (5 Latin, 5 Greek) from TWO recent articles (2015/2016) o Must be peer-reviewed and in scientific journals • Analyze etymology, meaning and us
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