Welcome to the home page for a one-semester course at Bryn Mawr College, spring semester, 2006. Students (and visitors) should be aware that this is a "non-traditional" science course is several respects.
- "Emergence" is an evolving interdisciplinary exploration rather than an existing and well-defined field of study. Students will accordingly be expected to work with each other and faculty in the identification and exploration of relevant materials, and will make available on the web a critical commentary on one of a number of books discussing this newly evolving field.
- Concepts in this area are largely dependent on the development of intuitions gained by making and observing computer models. Students will accordingly devote a significant amount of their time to the exploration and development of such models, and will be expected to complete a final modelling project in a form suitable for public display on the web.
- Students will also be expected to contribute to the education of others in this class and elsewhere by regular participation in a public on line forum for ongoing discussion of conversations, readings and other course activities.
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- Active participation in all class sessions
- Timely completion of assigned readings (available on the web or as handouts)
- Participation at least weekly in a public course forum
- A midterm paper reviewing a relevant book and made available on the web
- A final course project consisting of a computer model and analysis of its behavior
Midterm paper and presentation 30 %
Final project and presentation 30%
Participation in class 20 %
Participation in on-line blog 20%
Students who think they may need accommodations in this course because of the impact of a disability are encouraged to meet with either course instructor early in the semester. Students should also contact Stephanie Bell, Coordinator of Access Services, at 610-526-7351 in Canwyll House, as soon as possible, to verify their eligibility for reasonable accommodations. Early contact will help to avoid unnecessary inconvenience and delays.
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