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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HPSC1010 The Scientific Revolution

10 creditsClass Size: 150

In light of the effect of COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions on students' learning experiences, the School of PRHS have made the decision to modify assessment in Semester 2 modules in the 2020-21 academic year. Changes may involve reducing the number of assessment points (e.g. assessing one essay rather than two) or reducing word counts where it is possible to do so whilst protecting the integrity of the module's Learning Outcomes. Information on any changes to assessment is available to enrolled students in the Minerva module area, and can also be sought from the module leader or the PRHS SES team.

Module manager: Annie Jamieson
Email: phlakj@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries witnessed the most profound changes that have ever taken place in knowledge of the natural world, and it is this cluster of developments that is known as the Scientific Revolution. For instance, the Earth became a planet, William Harvey discovered the circulation of the blood, Isaac Newton posited universal gravitation, physics became experimental (whereas previously, experimentation had been confined to alchemy) and the Royal Society came into being.The course will trace these changes, bringing in the work of such leading figures as Kepler, Galileo, Descartes and Bacon, and then will ask whether the concept of the "Scientific Revolution" is in fact an adequate one. Each of the eleven lectures will be accompanied by extracts from original source-materials, and there are five tutorials with guided reading and set questions to consolidate your learning. No knowledge of science is presumed; the course is suitable for students from Arts disciplines such as History. Assessment is by a 1,500-word essay and a one-hour exam. For more details contact Annie Jamieson (email a.k.jamieson@leeds.ac.uk).

Objectives

To introduce selected major topics in the historical development of European science from 1500-1750.

Syllabus

The new astronomy of the 17th century; the new physics from Galileo to Newton; the Scientific Revolution (including Descartes, Bacon, the Royal Society); Science and the Enlightenment.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture111.0011.00
Tutorial51.005.00
Private study hours84.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Lecture Preparation 11 x 4 hours
Tutorial Preparation 5 x 5 hours
Essay Preparation & Writing 1 x 15 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

1 x 1,500 word essay and 1 x 1hr exam

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,500 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 27/02/2008

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