SCIE102: Astronomy
Section: E59     (eLearning)

About This Course

Semester and YearSpring 2012 / (15 weeks): Jan 18, 2012 to May 15, 2012
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)


Lynn McCarty   Email:
Phone: 215-504-8500x6781
Campus Location: Founders room F221

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 6 - 9 hours per week for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

Web-based course

Official College Course Description

The complete college course description can be viewed at:

Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Syllabus

A sample Course Syllabus is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. A Course Syllabus explains how the instructor will conduct the class and may include: course policies, grading guidelines, assignment due dates, etc.

Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • Read the important instructor supplied information located at the end of this document
  • Other special requirements may apply. Consult "Other Information about the Section" for details.

Getting Started With This Course


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Accessing Your Course

Canvas (by Instructure)

Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the Canvas Basics course space to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to access this space.

You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class. However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Canvas course space at

  • Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
  • Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)

If you do not know your Bucks Username, you can retrieve it by using the Find Your Username Form. Enter your Name, Birthday (mm/dd/yyyy) and either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security number, then click Submit. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.

Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.

Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials

While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the ISBN number available through the course's academic department where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore and our online bookstore, guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.

Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic department directly.

Click this link to see the book list for your course.

Other Information about the Course

Requirements for enrollment:
  • Students must have regular, reliable access to the internet to access our Canvas learning management site.
  • Students must have access to a scanner so work such as graphs and calculations can be submitted electronically.
  • Students must have met the following prerequisites before enrolling in this course:
    1. Reading Placement test score of 42 or higher or Level 3, or READ110 (C or better)
    2. Math Placement test score of 5 or higher, or MATH095 (C or better)

Challenges of E-Learning:

  • Students utilizing the E-Learning mode require strong independent learning skills to be successful. Although there is flexibility about when and where you do your studying, you will find that it takes slightly more time than is typical for a face-to-face course.

  • For a successful semester, you must be a self-disciplined, highly motivated learner who can spend 8-10 hours each week during our 15 week course.
Course Activities - students will:
  • Complete the orientation to the course.
  • Share information and interests with classmates.
  • Complete a math skills review quiz.
  • Read information and study figures, illustrations, and captions in the textbook.
  • View the instructor's presentations on each chapter.
  • Discuss questions on each chapter.
  • Complete chapter worksheets to prepare for chapter quizzes.
  • Take timed chapter quizzes.
  • Review quiz results.
  • Complete homework assignments to develop critical thinking and mathematical problem solving skills.
  • Discuss questions on the homework.
  • Complete investigations that explore and apply the scientific method and assess scientific information.
  • Discuss questions on the investigations.
  • Collaborate in small groups to complete team investigations.
  • Complete a simple observational/experimental assignment as a citizen scientist.
  • Prepare for unit tests.
  • Take timed unit tests.
  • Reflect on what was learned in the course.

The Essential Cosmic Perspective 6th Ed. (with Mastering Astronomy), Bennett, Donahue, Schneider, and Voit, 2012, Pearson Addison-Wesley (Note: The E-text for this edition, with Mastering Astronomy, is also acceptable for use if the student prefers not to purchase a textbook.)

Note: Use of the Mastering Astronomy website is required for this course. If you choose to purchase a used textbook without the student access kit, you will need to purchase access from the publisher. Instructions are provided inside the front cover.

For further information about the course or to learn more about the instructor, please contact the instructor directly: