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: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required 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:

GLO 1 - Critical Thinking: The student evaluates the validity of 
ideas, developing informed opinions or defensible conclusions.
GLO 3 - Scientific and Mathematical Literacy:  The student properly 
identifies and applies scientific or mathematical principles and 
GLO 4 - Information Literacy:  The student effectively locates, 
evaluates, and applies information from a variety of sources. 
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.

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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.

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