SCIE102 Astronomy

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Science

I. Course Number and Title
SCIE102 Astronomy
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Reading Placement test Level 3, or READ110 (C or better), Math Placement test score of 5 or higher, or MATH095 (C or better)
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
Satisfies core requirement
VI. Catalog Course Description
Astronomy provides a survey of our knowledge of the structure, formation and evolution of Earth, the solar system, the stars, and the galaxies. The course will focus on the logical development of ideas and concepts within the framework of science.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    Students will be able to:
    1. describe how astronomical observations and physical concepts interact to form a scientific model of the universe.
    2. outline an evolutionary scenario for each of the major objects in the solar system and for the solar system as a whole.
    3. describe how stars of different types evolve, and how their evolution involves and changes the interstellar medium.
    4. articulate the major themes of cosmic evolution in discussing the origin and history of the cosmos and of life on the earth.
    5. summarize the development of human knowledge of the cosmos.
    6. recognize the role of effective citizens in participating in governmental policy and funding decisions that pertain to science.
    7. demonstrate the observable and experimental bases of cosmological themes in astronomy and relate them to the basic scientific disciplines of physics and chemistry.

    Core Learning Goals:

    Category I:
    Mathematics or Science: The students will:
    1. develop the ability to analyze, interpret, and apply quantitative information.
    2. learn the scientific method of analysis and apply it in a variety of situations.

    Category III:
    Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: The students learn and practice the skills of interpretation, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, reasoning, and/or problem solving.

    Core Learning Objectives:

    Category I:
    Mathematics or Science: The students will be able to:
    1. accurately translate descriptive problems into mathematical formulas and solve them. (1)
    2. apply the scientific method by explaining and identifying its components in a variety of situations. (2)
    3. evaluate and graph data. (1)

    Category III:
    Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: The students will be able to:
    1. demonstrate an understanding of solving problems by:
      1. recognizing the problem
      2. reviewing information about the problem
      3. developing plausible solutions
      4. evaluating the results
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    The primary objective of this survey course in Astronomy is to have the students achieve the stated goals of the course within the framework of the concepts and topics listed below.

    FOUNDATIONS
      The View from Earth
      The Copernican Revolution
      Light and Matter
      Telescopes

    OUR PLANETARY SYSTEM
      Earth and Its Moon
      The Terrestrial Planets
      The Jovian Planets
      Moons, Asteroids, Meteors and Rings

    THE STARS
      The Sun
      Measuring the Stars
      The Lives and Deaths of Stars

    GALAXIES AND THE UNIVERSE
      The Milky Way Galaxy
      Normal and Active Galaxies
      Hubble�s Law and Dark Matter
      The Big Bang and the Fate of the Universe
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    • Category I: Mathematics or Science - Students will be assessed through written, mathematical, and scientific exercises.
    • Category III: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving - Students will be assessed through written, mathematical, and scientific exercises.
    • Course-specific Learning Goals - Students will be assessed through various types of exams, written assignments, and written, mathematical, and scientific exercises.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Text, laboratory and demonstration equipment, internet resources, library, science learning center. Please refer to course format for specific information.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Lectures, demonstrations, exercises, observation activities, and video materials.

Review/Approval Date - 12/07; Core Goals/Ojectives added 11/04