District Syllabus
Descriptive Astronomy

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description: A study of the celestial sphere, constellations, time, telescopes, properties of light, the solar system, introduction to stars and galaxies. A working knowledge of arithmetic and simple algebra is required. Meets general education category VII.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Seeds. Horizons: Exploring the Universe (Bndl), 12 ed., ITP, 2012. ISBN: 9781111994624
Supplemental Materials:
Special Requirements: None
Program Learning Outcomes:
To expand the student's knowledge of the universe around them.
To show how astronomers continue making new discoveries all the time.
To provide a foundation for other, more specific physical sciences.
To give the student practical knowledge in finding and identifying 
objects in the sky, and how to observe these objects with their eyes 
or with binoculars or a small telescope.
To leave the students pondering some of the great unanswered question 
in astronomy, and eager to pursue or at least look forward to their 
solution in years to come.
To give the student more respect for his or her own unique place in 
the cosmos.

Global Learning Outcomes & Objectives:

I. Critical thinking - Students will evaluate the validity of their 
own and other’s ideas through questioning,analyzing, and synthesizing 
results into the creative process.
A. Evaluate contextual, numerical and graphical data for validity.
B. Define, analyze, and devise solutions for new and different word 

III. Scientific and Mathematical Literacy - Students will apply an 
understanding of mathematical, natural and behavioral behavioral 
scientific principles and methods to solve abstract and practical 
B. Apply principles of scientific inquiry to real world situations.
C. Read, write, listen to and speak the language of the sciences.
E. Understand the history of science and recognize that scientific 
paradigms are continually evolving.

IV. Information Management - Students will use effective strategies 
to collect, verify, document and manage information from a variety of 
A. Use information-seeking strategies necessary to access information 
efficiently and effectively.
B. Understand how scientific information is organized.
D. Use appropriate technology to enhance scientific thinking and 

Course Learning Outcomes:
See expanded syllabus developed by the instructor for each section 
being taught.
Methods of Evaluation: Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the instructor, within the policies of the college and the department. Detailed explanations are included in the expanded Syllabus developed by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.
Student Email Accounts Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.
Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.