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AST 101 Survey of Astronomy
Credit Hours:  4
Effective Term: Fall 2015
SUN#: NA
AGEC: Physical and Biological Sciences  
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures, 3 Labs
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F Only
Cross-Listed: NA


Description: An introduction to the history of astronomy, use of astronomical instruments, celestial motion, space flight, planetary systems, structure and evolution of stars, galaxies and cosmology. Labs will include nighttime observing sessions

Prerequisites: RDG094, MAT092

Corequisites: None

Recommendations:

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Comprehension Level) Identify prominent constellations, stars, planets and other astronomical objects under the nighttime sky.
2. (Analysis Level) Utilize binoculars, astronomical telescopes, and related instruments to make astronomical observations.
3. (Comprehension Level) Describe the historical development of modern astronomy and the scientific method.
4. (Analysis Level) Explain basic physical laws and principles that govern the operation of the universe.
5. (Application Level) Calculate physical quantities by applying formulas.
6. (Comprehension Level) Explain the physical nature of the Sun, Moon and planets along with the stars and galaxies.
7. (Synthesis Level) Explain the evolution of various astronomical objects.
8. (Application Level) Graph physical quantities related to Hubble's Law.
9. (Comprehension Level) Discuss questions about the origin and fate of the Universe.
10. (Evaluation Level) Summarize current research on moons and planets and their suitability for simple life or extraterrestrial intelligence.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
NA