- Recognize basic types of arguments and logical analysis, logical structure of scientific method and its problems
- Learn and apply the terminology used to evaluate theoretical and statistical models
- Explain and evaluate the use of error analysis in models
- Explain the experimental methodology in model evaluation
- Explain the role of values in model construction and evaluation
- Explain and evaluate the methodology of a research paper
- Evaluate the quality of an assignment by a peer
In this course we will mainly be concerned with the question of how scientific knowledge is produced and justified in the domain of Chemical Engineering. To this end, we will study various aspects of scientific research in this domain. First, we will examine different types of scientific reasoning, as well as their logical fallacies, employed by scientists to confirm and disconfirm scientific theories, models and hypotheses. An important part of this course will be devoted to the analysis of model-based reasoning. To this end, we will study the ways in which different scientific models are constructed and evaluated in the context of Chemical Engineering. We will also study the role of scientific values in the construction and evaluation of scientific models in the foregoing context. The last part of the course is devoted to the analysis of papers that are related to students’ bachelor assignments.