Course Syllabus310 John Scott HighwayApproved by:Steubenville, OH43952Telephone:(740) 264-5591_____________________Course InformationCourse Title: AstronomyCredit Hours: 4Class Location:Course Delivery Format: online, hybrid,in-seatCourse Number: AST101Pre-Reqs. and/or Co-Reqs: noneMeeting Day/Time: onlineInstructor InformationName:Office Location:Contact Information: (EGCC email/phone number)Office Hours:Course DescriptionCourse DescriptionCourse Description:AST101 Introduction to Astronomy is an introductory course in the field of astronomy for the non-science major. The history of astronomy, the Universe, and astronomy as a physical science will be the focus of this course.Topics covered include, the use of Scientific method used in astronomy observational techniques, Earth, Moon and Sun,The Solar System, Planets, Asteroids, Comets and Meteors, Stars and Constellations, Galaxies, Manned and unmannedSpace Exploration, Plate tectonics, Earth’s landforms, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Minerals and rocks, Geologic time, TheAtmosphere, Earth’s Energy Balance, Weather, Atmospheric Circulation, Climate.(Required Lab)Lab: The laboratory portion of this course will focus on an introduction to laboratory principles and techniques in astronomyincluding astronomical observation and exercises to supplement theory with simulation on motions and changes in the sky,topics in planetary astronomy, measuring stellar magnitudes, spectral lines, and galactic astronomy.Course Learning OutcomesCourse Outcomes:Apply scientific reasoning to future astronomical discoveries to understand their validity as well as to everydaysituations.
Course SyllabusDemonstrate an understanding that science is based upon observations of the universe and how that is usedto understand some basic phenomenon of our world.Discuss how gravity is related to the formation, interaction, and evolution of the solar system.Discuss how light is used by astronomers to learn about the universe.Discuss how gravity is related to the formation, interaction, and evolution of the solar system, stars, galaxies,and the universe.Discuss how empirical observations have served to change scientific ideas regarding cosmology.Demonstrate a thorough understanding of current accepted theories for the origin of the universe.Use the scientific method in collecting data, formulating and testing a hypothesis then reaching a conclusion.Read, analyze, and interpret data to draw valid scientific conclusions and communicate those conclusions ina clear and articulate manner.Describe the history of humanity's Earth-centered view of the universe, and explain how that progressed to asun-centered view.Identify the reasons for cyclic patterns in the sky such as annual motion, daily motion and moon phases.