GO130 Astronomy

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GO 130 Astronomy


S1Z 2012 ML


Hansen, William B.


Senior Adjunct Instructor


BA. Geology - Augustana College-Illinois 1976
MS Mining Engineering, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison 1979

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Before and After Class

Office Hours

Before and After Class

Daytime Phone


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Semester Dates

January 16 - March 11

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours



Universe -- Freedman, Geller, Kaufmann III -- Ninth Ed
ISBN: 978-1-4292-3153-4

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Course Description:
GO130 Astronomy (MGE): 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, suns, asteroids, and nebulas. 3:3:4

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosphy is an interactive learning experience utilizing readings, lectures, class discussions, videos, exams, and writing assignments.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define and predict celestial phenomena.
  2. Compute orbits of planets and stars and sizes of black holes.
  3. Calculate possible atmospheres around planets and structures and compositions of stars, planets and nebula.
  4. Apply the scientific method to various ideas on space to show how ideas are tested and verified.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the tools--instruments and laws of nature--that astronomers use to understand the heavens and, using proper terminology, explain planetary orbits, the seasons, and moon phases.
  2. Explain how the planets and major moons formed and developed, and have come to have the composition, internal structures and atmospheres they currently have, giving special consideration to conditions suitable for developing and/or sustaining life.
  3. Explain how stars are powered and how they evolove; analyze the evidence that supports these claims.
  4. Describe how matter is currently distributed throughout the universe (from galaxy types to larger scale structures), explain how it got that way, and analyze the evidence that supports these claims.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Assessment will be via a midterm, final exam, weekly astronomy reports, and class participation.

The Core Assessment for this course will be the Portfolio assignment and is worth 20% of the final grade. For the portfolio assignment, the student will select up to two assignments, quizzes, lab reports, tests that the student believes demonstrates that they have achieved mastery of the course's Core Learning Outcomes. For each outcome the student will write a reflection paper explaining why those particular assignments, quizzes, lab reports, or tests were selected and how they demonstrate the mastery of the outcome in question. Points will be given for creativity and analysis. This is one way for the student to take control of their own grade in this course.



Mid-term Exam = 100pts
Final Exam = 100pts
Weekly Reports (25 pts each) = 175 pts
Class participation = 50 pts

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late 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 (Air Force duties) are excusable. However the student will be held responsible for making up the missed work and must be coordinated with the Instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to be respectful as is typical of a college classroom during lectures and not engage of discussions with classmates during class. However, questions during the lecture are encouraged and will be counted towards the class partcipation grade. Class misconduct will be dealt with on an individual basis. Cell phones will be on silent or vibrate, unless student is on call for work.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 -- Chps 1-3
Week 2 -- Chps 4-6,
Week 3 -- Chps 9-11
Week 4 -- Midterm exam, Chapter 12-14
Week 5 -- Chp 15-16
Week 6 -- Chp 17-18
Week 7 -- Chp 19-20
Week 8 -- Chp 21, Final Exam

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 "F".
  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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:
Week Report assignments will be based on a current Astronomy news article of the student's choosing, two pages long, and double-spaced. Three quarters of the article will be a discussion in the student's own words of the contents of the article. The last paragraph will be the student's opinion of the article or the significance of the article to the science of Astronomy.


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