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: COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Knowledge and skills for personal and professional communication, including (a) effective communication style preferred means of attending, perceiving, interpreting and responding; (b) active listening and attending skills; (c) information literacy skills identifying, accessing, organizing, integrating, evaluating and applying; (d) effective communication to inform vs. engage vs. persuade; (e) gender, cultural and racial/ethnic differences in verbal and nonverbal communication; and (f) developing and delivering a multi-media workshop or presentation for small or large groups.
: PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Introduction to the five branches of the philosophy of science: metaphysics (study of existence), epistemology (study of knowledge), ethics (study of action), politics (study of force) and esthetics (study of art). Includes theory and application in life as a member of society and as a health sciences practitioner.
Emphasis upon broad-based, ethical decision-making principles in contrast to applied, discipline-specific professional ethics with a focus on the origins of professional ethics in moral philosophy and religion. Also includes classical ethical dilemmas encountered in life.
: UNDERSTANDING & USING RESEARCH
This course includes the foundations of statistics as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods. The overall emphases are upon (a) following your curiosity and the unknown of interest to formulate your question empirically; (b) accessing and acquiring research of interest and relevance; (c) critical thinking in evaluating the quality of the research; and (d) lifelong learning in the context of research.