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GO 130 Astronomy
Coholic, Suzanne


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CourseGO 130 Astronomy QU
SemesterU1F2005
FacultyCoholic, Suzanne
TitleInstructor
Degrees/CertificatesMA of Astro University of Western Sydney, Australia
Office HoursThursday 9 am to 2 pm, Friday 9 am to 5 pm, or as required
Daytime Phone(410) 768-9808
E-Mailsuzanne.coholic@park.edu
scoholic@cablespeed.com
Semester Dates30 May to 31 July 2005
Class DaysThursday
Class Time5:30 - 10:30 PM
Credit Hours4

Textbook:
Zeilik, M., (2002). Astronomy: The Evolving Universe (9th ed.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore


Course Description:
This course will study the complexities of the universe.  It will examine the physical, chemical and meteorological, and geological aspects of the universe, including planets, stars, asteroids, and nebulae.  3:3:4.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosphy is an interactive learning experience utilizing readings, lectures, quizzes, exams, and writings. Supplemental materials include videos and the Internet. Students will have a greater appreciation for the learning experience as well as the course content.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the course, the student will be able to:
1) explain the importance of astronomy to ancient peoples via the modern study of archaeoastronomy.
2) describe the differences between refracting and reflecting telescopes.
3) understand the electromagnetic spectrum, detection methods, and wavelength/frequency relationship .
4) interpret and H-R diagram of stars and find the main sequence.
5) understand redshift and how it assists astronomers in placing a "size" on the visible universe.

Course Assessment:
Assessment will be via a midterm and final exam, a paper, in-class participation, a presentation, and short, 5 minute-writings for class time review.

Grading:
The mid-term and final will each be worth 100 points.

A paper will be worth 100 points (more detail will be provided after the first class)

In-class participation will be worth a total of 100 points.

A short presentation will be worth 50 points.

Five minuted-writings will be worth a total of 50 points.

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
59 and below F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late homework or papers must be turned in at the next class meeting unless other arrangements are made with the Instructor. Students must speak with the Instructor about these arrangements. Classes missed for legitimate reasons (illness, temporary duty, etc.) are excusable.  However, the student will be held responsible for making up the missed work.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
If the student anticipates missing a class for a legitimate reason, plans must be made for assignments, etc. If a student knows a late arrival may occasionally occur, the student should let the Instructor know as soon as possible.  This will avoid any disruption of the class. Cellular phones and pagers are normally to be turned OFF in the classroom, but students on call for duty may put theirs on silent mode.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Meeting 1:

Thursday, June 2
Intro to the course
Chapters 1-3
Astronomy as the "first science"

Meeting 2:

Thursday, June 9
Birth of astrophysics
Intro to telescopes
Chapters 4-6

Meeting 3:

Thursday, June 16
Galileo/telescopes Einstein/modern theory
Intro to the Planets
Chapters 7-8
SHORT PRESENTATIONS Any topic of interest covered in the first seven chapters of the text or the first two classes is acceptable.  Visual aids, handouts, etc. are welcome and encouraged, but the presentation should last between 5 and 10 minutes.  The purpose of the short presentation is for the students to feel free to conduct some preliminary research into an area of astronomy that is of interest to them and share that interest with the other students.  Students are encouraged to use presentation as an opportunity for research for the paper to be handed in during Meeting 7 on July 14.  Grading - total 50 pts - will be based on the depth of knowledge of the topic and each student's research demonstrated by:

A: accuracy of information presented (15 pts)
B: acknowledgement of the sources used in the presentation preparation (7 pts)
C: relevancy of the topic to the course (15 pts)
D: preparation for presenting the topic (8 pts)
E: any visual aids, handouts, etc. used (5 pts)


Meeting 4:

Thursday, June 23
The Solar System
Chapters 9-11
MID TERM REVIEW
papers assigned (Each student is to have determined by the end of this class meeting the topic he/she wishes to explore for the 100-point paper.  I will have sheet on which each student will identify the topic he/she wishes to cover for the paper.  The paper is due on July 14, and is worth 100 points.  The requirements are:

A: cover sheet with name, contact info, course title, title of the paper, and date.
B: 7 to 9 double-spaced pages in 12-point font with appropriate headings and paragraphs.
C: a bibliography or references section including at least 3 book references. (Please be careful concerning the veracity of Internet sites from which you choose.)

Grading will be as follows:

A: proper cover sheet (5 pts)
B: references or bibliography section (10 pts)
C: accuracy of information presented (25 pts)
D: overall organization of the paper and use of headings (15 pts)
E: citations within the body of the paper relating to the bibliography/references section (10 pts)
F: proper use of grammar, paragraph usage, and correct spelling (10 pts)
G: content depth and amount of information (25 pts)
*If you are unsure about something, ask me.



Meeting 5:

Thursday, June 30
MID TERM (100 pts covering chapters 1 - 11 and Meetings 1 - 4)
The Sun and local stars
Chapters 12-13

Meeting 6:

Thursday, July 7
Stellar Evolution
Chapters 14-16

Meeting 7:

Thursday, July 14
Galaxies
Chapters 17-18
PAPERS DUE

Meeting 8:

Thursday, July 21
Cosmology
Chapters 19-20
Papers graded and given back
FINAL REVIEW


Meeting 9:

Thursday, July 28
FINAL EXAM (100 pts covering chapters 12 - 20 and Meetings 5 - 8)

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.  
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100

Disability Guidelines:

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:
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