PHSC 121 — Introduction to Astronomy (3 Credit Hours)
Spring Semester 2014
Mr. Randy Tomkins
By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the email@example.com
word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things Phone: 582-2478
which are visible.
Office: DH 4056R
(Hebrews 11:3, NAS)
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. / 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. / 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (by appointment only)
An overview of the principles of astronomy as related to the Solar System for non-science majors. An optional three hour weekly lab will be offered coincident with this course.
This course provides an introduction to the science of astronomy and the vastness of creation beyond our planet’s atmosphere. The course will include discussion of the planets and their environments, including the crucial issues which make human life impossible on each. Some emphasis will be placed on the special environmental conditions and balances extant on Earth which make it unique in its support of human life. ASTR 101 is an approved general education science course science course for non-technical (science, math and engineering) majors.
IV. Materials List
1) The Cosmic Perspective, 7th ed., by Bennett, Donahue, Schneider, Voit, Pearson Education, Inc., 2012 ISBN: 978-0321839558
2) Scientific calculator
V. Course Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
1. Recognize and apply fundamental concepts of astronomy.
2. Demonstrate the basic mechanics and make-up of the Solar System and its constituents. 3. Recognize order in nature and consistency and operation of natural laws related to astronomy. 4. Identify how a basic understanding of astronomy relates to everyday life. 5. Identify the relationship between general and special revelation as it relates to creation.
1. Demonstrate the ability to recall, analyze, and apply underlying concepts and principles in astronomy. 2. Demonstrate the ability to problem solve and reasonably investigate issues related to astronomical questions. 3. Demonstrate the ability to make decisions affecting successful completion of this course.
Product – Student Effort
Ten homework assignments will count for 30% of the course. Three tests and a comprehensive final exam will consist primarily of objective questions involving recall and application of concepts and some problem-solving. Some discussion questions will also be included. The three tests will count for 45% of the course grade. The final exam will be comprehensive and mostly objective concerning major course concepts and applications, including some brief discussion questions. The final exam will count for 25% of the course grade.
Process – Course Operation
1. Course content will be presented by lecture, demonstration, video and other means deemed appropriate by the course instructor. Outside reading is optional and encouraged. 2. Homework assignments will be given in an effort to address practical astronomy and related problem solving. 3. A field trip to the university observatory will be accomplished with all the students for familiarization with the observatory, telescopes and operation routine.
VII. Grading Policies
Homework: Late assignments will not be accepted. Ten homework assignments are scheduled through the length of the semester. Each homework assignment is worth 30 points and none of your homework scores will be dropped. I will add 30 points to each student’s total score to compensate for the lowest assignment grade.
Homework must be turned in, labeled at the top with your name...
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