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Success in Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) courses like Astronomy (ASTR 1110) depends on a student's preparation and participation as well as on the format of the course.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course a student is expected to be able to:

Fall 2016 Course Schedule

Dates Lesson Topic(s) Reading
15-Aug & 17-Aug Fundamental concepts; Earth-Sun-Moon relationships 1
22-Aug & 24-Aug Gravitation and dynamics of the Solar System 2
29-Aug & 31-Aug Nature of light and telescopes 3
5-Sep & 7-Sep Blackbodies, spectra, and the Doppler effect 4
12-Sep & 14-Sep Origin of the Solar System 5
19-Sep & 21-Sep Earth and its Moon 6
26-Sep & 28-Sep Inner planets: Mercury, Venus, and Mars 7
3-Oct & 5-Oct Outer planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune 8
10-Oct & 12-Oct Dwarf planets, asteroids, and comets 9
17-Oct & 19-Oct Structure and activity of the Sun 10
24-Oct & 26-Oct Stars: distances, brightnesses, and spectra 11
31-Oct & 2-Nov Lives of stars: nebulae, clusters, and variable stars 12
7-Nov & 9-Nov Deaths of stars: planetary nebulae, neutron stars, and black holes 13 & 14
14-Nov & 16-Nov Milky Way 15
21-Nov & 23-Nov Galaxies and galactic clusters 16
28-Nov & 30-Nov Quasars and active galaxies 17
5-Dec & 7-Dec Cosmology and the history of the Universe 18
14-Dec final exam, 10:00-11:50 AM all

Evaluation

Grades will be based on total scores for:

There will be no alternate or "extra credit" assignments. For each writing assignment a student will read an article of their choice from a set of two selected for the class and write an outline, abstract and revised abstract of that article. The final grade will be computed from the total of 250 points and scored as follows: > 90% = A; 80-89+% = B; 70-79+% = C; 60-69+% = D; and <60% = F. The instructor reserves the right to adjust these percentages if such an adjustment is warranted by the class score distribution, but under no circumstances will a student who earns a score of <65% or fails to turn in any of the writing assignments receive a satisfactory (A, B, or C) grade.

A student should expect to spend about 6 hours per week reading, taking notes on the text, and studying for exams. Completion of the homework and writing assignments will also require about an additional 8 hours during the course of the semester.

Attendance, Withdrawal and Incomplete Policies

Regular participation and punctual submission of assignments are required for satisfactory completion of this course. Absences will be excused if the student: (1) notifies the instructor by e-mail or phone, (2) schedules a time to make up the missed work before the next class session he or she attends, and (3) makes up the work as scheduled. If a student incurs more than six unexcused absences he or she will be dropped from the class. A student may withdraw before 18-Nov-2016 without receiving a grade, and is responsible for notifying the admissions and records office and completing all necessary forms. Arrangements for an incomplete must be made with the instructor, and an "I" will be granted only in the case of an unforeseen personal or family emergency.

Academic Accomodations

Students have the right to request reasonable accommodations to college requirements, services, facilities, or programs if their documented disability imposes an educational limitation or impedes access to requirements, services, facilities, or programs. A student with a disability who would like to utilize accommodations is responsible for requesting necessary accommodations by identifying himself/herself to their instructor or the Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS) office located in Eddy Hall 101 (Building 94) on the Weed campus. The DSPS office phone number is 530-938-5297 and applications for services are also available on the website at http://www.siskiyous.edu/dsps/documents/application.pdf . Students who consult or request assistance from DSPS regarding specific accommodations will be required to meet timelines and procedural requirements established by the DSPS office.

Make-up Policy for Missed Work

Writing assignments, midterm exams and daily clicker questions may be made-up if: (1) prior arrangements have been made with the instructor; and (2) they are completed before the next exam or before graded exercises are returned to the class (as appropriate). The final exam cannot be made up.

Late Assignment Policy

Writing assignments will be penalized 1 point for each class period they are late and will not be accepted after the graded assignments have been returned to the class.

Academic Integrity

Students are encouraged to collaborate with one another as they discuss assignments, vote on daily clicker questions, and prepare for exams. I expect that a student will work independently, however, when he or she takes the individual parts of the exams and writes his or her outline and abstracts. If I find evidence that any students are not living up to this code of academic integrity (for example, because they submit identical or nearly identical writing assignments) I reserve the right to assign them a score of zero on the assignment or assignments in question.