Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Science
Course Number and TitleSCIE102 Astronomy
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250 minutes
PrerequisitesReading Placement test Level 3, or READ110 (C or better), Math Placement test score of 5 or higher, or MATH095 (C or better)
Other Pertinent InformationSatisfies core requirement
Catalog Course DescriptionAstronomy 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.
Required Course Content and Direction
Learning Goals:Students will be able to:
- describe how astronomical observations and physical concepts interact to form a scientific model of the universe.
- outline an evolutionary scenario for each of the major objects in the solar system and for the solar system as a whole.
- describe how stars of different types evolve, and how their evolution involves and changes the interstellar medium.
- articulate the major themes of cosmic evolution in discussing the origin and history of the cosmos and of life on the earth.
- summarize the development of human knowledge of the cosmos.
- recognize the role of effective citizens in participating in governmental policy and funding decisions that pertain to science.
- 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:
Mathematics or Science: The students will:
- develop the ability to analyze, interpret, and apply quantitative information.
- learn the scientific method of analysis and apply it in a variety of situations.
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:
Mathematics or Science: The students will be able to:
- accurately translate descriptive problems into mathematical formulas and solve them. (1)
- apply the scientific method by explaining and identifying its components in a variety of situations. (2)
- evaluate and graph data. (1)
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: The students will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of solving problems by:
- recognizing the problem
- reviewing information about the problem
- developing plausible solutions
- evaluating the results
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.
The View from Earth
The Copernican Revolution
Light and Matter
OUR PLANETARY SYSTEM
Earth and Its Moon
The Terrestrial Planets
The Jovian Planets
Moons, Asteroids, Meteors and Rings
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
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.
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.
Teaching Methods EmployedLectures, demonstrations, exercises, observation activities, and video materials.
Review/Approval Date - 12/07; Core Goals/Ojectives added 11/04