Scientific Research Skills

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
SRES 2100
Scientific Research Skills
Interdisciplinary Science
Science & Technology
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 Weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours

4-hours per week

Method(s) Of Instruction
Field Experience
Learning Activities

This course is self-directed with regular supervision.

The methods of instruction may include some or all of the following:

  • Online workshops
  • Student dialogue and presentation
  • Field and/or Lab work
  • Community experiences or community-based research
Course Description
Research Skills in Science and Technology provides students with an opportunity to pursue a specific research-project of interest within the disciplines of Science and Technology offered at the College. Students enrolled in this course will receive research training relevant to their project. Projects are approved, supported and evaluated by a Science and Technology faculty supervisor. This course is offered as a guided study: please contact a Science and Technology faculty member for registration.
Course Content

The specifics of content and format of the project are to be determined by the faculty supervisor and the student prior to admission to this course and a course contract must be completed by the student and signed by the faculty supervisor. Each student will complete online workshops aimed at developing research capacity. The topics of these workshops will be assigned by the faculty supervisor depending on the study proposed.

Note: Empirical research should follow appropriate protocols including the development of the research question(s), the design of the study, the completion of ethics approval and development of the participant form (if humans are involved in the study), data collection and analysis, and completion of a final report. Details regarding the student’s learning objectives and final reporting format will be described on an individual course contract and/or course outline.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, a successful student will be able to:

  1. plan and conduct a research project on a topic in Science and Technology
  2. complete a literature review, design a project with appropriate methodologies and report detailed findings.
  3. apply research skills to the investigation of a topic
  4. identify limitations and future directions within a topic of interest
  5. provide support and peer-review on the academic work of others
Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following criteria: 

Online workshops: 15 - 25%

Proposal/Literature Review: 10-20%

Field/Lab Work: 30-40%

Seminar Presentation/Final Paper: 30-40%


Total: 100%

Textbook Materials

There are no required texts for this course. 


Completion of a minimum of 18 credits in Science and Technology at the post-secondary level. Approval from a Science and Technology faculty member willing to supervise the student(s).