District Syllabus
Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: $25
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: AST1002W Descriptive Astronomy
Catalog Description:
An optional laboratory course designed to illustrate the laws and 
principles presented in AST1002.  Includes computer simulations, 
Internet astronomy, and calculations using the latest research.  A 
working knowledge of arithmetic and simple algebra is required.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Wooten, J. Wayne. Descriptive Astronomy Lab Manual, 4th ed., PIP Printing, 2010. ISBN: 11378904
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: Basic computer competency, working knowledge of arithmetic and simple algebra, and ability to use a scientific calculator.
Program Learning Outcomes:
To experience the application of abstract general physical principles 
to actual astronomical bodies, using current data gained from 
Hipparcos, Hubble Space Telescope, and NASA.
To exercise math skills and enhance computer literacy through 
application of algebraic formulae to complex astronomical problems.
To learn to use a variety of astronomical software for practical 
observation, such as preparing nightly sky charts, plotting planetary 
and cometary motions, and mapping the distribution of various types 
of objects within the Milky Way Galaxy.
To become familiar with the Internet as a powerful tool for 
scientific research in the 21st century and use it to find nightly 
satellite observing data, updates on new discoveries, NASA links, and 
local astronomical resources for educators and amateur astronomers.
To point out inadequacies in our present knowledge, limitations in 
our current data, and forecast directions for new research..
To give the student a better respect for his/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.