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ASTR 1010 – Solar System Astronomy
Course Syllabus – Fall 2018



Individuals with disabilities who need to request accommodations should contact 
the Disability Services Coordinator, Edgewater Hall 255, 678-466-5445, disabilityservices@mail.clayton.edu.


Course Description:

Number and Title:

ASTR 1010 (CRN 80236)
Solar System Astronomy

Credit Hours:

3.0 semester credit hours (3-0-3)

Catalog Description:

Astronomy from early ideas of the cosmos to modern observational techniques. The solar system planets, satellites, and minor bodies. The origin and evolution of the solar system. This course is equivalent to SCI 1901A. A student may not receive credit for both ASTR 1010 and SCI 1901A. 

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

Exemption or exit from Math 0099 and completion of area A math, which can be taken concurrently.

Content:

       Our place in the Universe

       The seasons and the Moon

       The science of astronomy

       Celestial coordinates and navigation

       Laws of motion, conservation laws, gravity

       Light and matter

       Telescopes

       The Solar System

       Formation of the Solar System

       Planetary geology

       Planetary atmospheres

       Jovian planet systems

       Asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets

       Other planetary systems

Computer Requirement:

Each CSU student is required to have ready access throughout the semester to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements for the student's academic program. Students will sign a statement attesting to such access.  For further information on CSU's Official Notebook Computer Policy, please go to

http://www.clayton.edu/hub/itpchoice/notebookcomputerpolicy.

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

  • Able to send and receive e-mail

Only use your CSU e-mail account or the e-mail system included in D2L to communicate academic information to your instructor.

  • Able to attach and retrieve attached files via email
  • Able to view and print PDF files
  • Able to use a Web browser.

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Student notebook computers will be used for on-line quizzes in this class and should be brought to every class. Computers will be required to access course materials and to communicate with your instructor. 

Desire2Learn (Online Classroom):

On-line activity will take place in Desire2Learn, the virtual classroom for the course. Posting of your work in D2L is a course requirement.

You can gain access to Desire2Learn, by signing on to the SWAN portal and selecting: ”D2L” on the top right side.  If you experience any difficulties in Desire2Learn, please email or call The HUB at TheHub@mail.clayton.edu or (678) 466-HELP. You will need to provide the date and time of the problem, your SWAN username, the name of the course that you are attempting to access, and your instructor's name.


Program Learning Outcomes:

General education outcomes:

The Clayton State University Core Curriculum outcomes (see Area D) are located in the Graduation Requirements section of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.


Course Learning Outcomes:
 

  • Course Outcome 1:  Be able to describe how the basic laws of physics apply to Solar System astronomy.
  • Course Outcome 2:  Be able to describe the theory of the formation of the Solar System.
  • Course Outcome 3: Be able to compare and contrast Solar System objects.

Instructor Information:

Instructor:

Dr. Bram Boroson
phone: (678) 466-4867
e-mail: bramboroson@clayton.edu
internet: http://faculty.clayton.edu/bboroson

Office:

Lakeview Discovery Center, Room 235A

Office hours:

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Other times by appointment


Class Meetings:

Classroom:

Clayton Hall, Room T-220

Class times:

3:30 p.m. -4:50 p.m., Monday and Wednesday


Textbook Information:

Text:

Bennett, Donahue, Schneider, and Voit, The Cosmic Perspective, Pearson Addison-Wesley, 8th edition.

Students are encouraged to use PriceLoch.com to comparison shop for textbooks.

Homework and quizzes will be conducted through the MasteringAstronomy.com website. When you buy the textbook, you can also get a code to allow you to use MasteringAstronomy.

You can also save considerable money by ONLY signing up to MasteringAstronomy.com and NOT purchasing the book in print, only signing up to read the e-book of the textbook online.

Once you sign up to MasteringAstronomy.com, you must give the additional code for OUR PARTICULAR CLASS, which is:

MABOROSON81943

Text Coverage:

Chapters 1 – 13, S1


Evaluation:

In-class examinations: 3 - 75 minute exams @ 100 points

300

In-class quizzes: 10 quizzes @ 15 points*

150

MasteringAstronomy homework

200

Final exam**

200

TOTAL

850

*Quizzes covering fundamentals of study assignments will be administered. The two lowest quiz grades will be dropped

**The final will be cumulative.


Grading:

A

90 - 100%

B

80 - 89%

C

70 - 79%

D

60 - 69%

F

below 60%


Mid-term Progress Report:

The mid-term grade in this course, which will be issued by September 28, reflects approximately 30% of the entire course grade.  Based on this grade, students may choose to withdraw from the course and receive a grade of "W."  Students pursuing this option must fill out an official withdrawal form, available in the Office of the Registrar, by mid-term, which occurs on October 5. Instructions for withdrawing are provided at this link.

The last day to withdraw without academic accountability is Friday, October 5, 2018.


Course Schedule:

The course schedule for ASTR 1010, Solar System Astronomy, is provided in the table below. Text chapter references are to Bennett, Donahue, Schneider, and Voit, The Cosmic Perspective, 8th edition

Lesson

Date

Lesson Topic

Text Chapter

1

Aug 13

Developing Perspectives

1

2

Aug 15

Developing Perspectives

1

3

Aug 20

Discovering the Universe

2

4

Aug 22

Discovering the Universe

2

5

Aug 27

The Science of Astronomy

3

6

Aug 29

The Science of Astronomy

3

Sep 03

Labor Day Holiday

7

Sep 04

Celestial Timekeeping

S1

8

Sep 05

Celestial Timekeeping

S1

9

Sep 10

Motion, Energy, Gravity

4

10

Sep 12

Motion, Energy, Gravity

4

11

Sep 17

Review for Exam 1

1 - 4

12

Sep 19

Examination I

1 – 4

13

Sep 24

Light and Matter

5

14

Sep 26

Light and Matter

5

15

Oct 01

Telescopes

6

16

Oct 04

Telescopes

6

Oct 05

Last day to withdraw without academic accountability

Oct 08

Oct 09

Fall Break – No Classes

17

Oct 10

The Solar System

7

18

Oct 15

The Solar System

7

19

Oct 17

Formation of Solar System

8

20

Oct 22

Formation of Solar System

8

21

Oct 24

Examination II

5 - 8

22

Oct 29

Terrestrial Planetary Geology

9

23

Oct 31

Terrestrial Planetary Geology

9

24

Nov 05

Terrestrial Planetary Atmospheres

10

25

Nov 07

Terrestrial Planetary Atmospheres

10

26

Nov 12

Jovian Planetary Systems

11

27

Nov 14

Jovian Planetary Systems

11

28

Nov 19

Examination III

8-11

Nov 21 –
Nov 25

Thanksgiving Holiday

29

Nov 26

Asteroids, Comets, Dwarf Planets

12

30

Nov 28

Extrasolar Planets

13

31

Dec 3

Extrasolar Planets

13

FINAL

TBD

Final EFIxamination

1-8,
1-13, S1


Course Policies:

General Policy
Students must abide by policies in the Clayton State University Student Handbook, and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities.The Student Handbook is part of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.

University Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend and participate in every class meeting. Instructors establish specific policies relating to absences in their courses and communicate these policies to the students through the course syllabi. Individual instructors, based upon the nature of the course, determine what effect excused and unexcused absences have in determining grades and upon students’ ability to remain enrolled in their courses. The university reserves the right to determine that excessive absences, whether justified or not, are sufficient cause for institutional withdrawals or failing grades.

Course Attendance Policy
Attendance is expected for all class periods.  Attendance is required for quiz and examination periods. 

Missed Work
Without a valid excuse, a grade of zero points will be assigned for the missed work.  If a valid excuse is provided:

  • In general there will be no option for a make-up quiz, as the answers will be discussed with the class immediately following the quiz. Students who must miss a quiz are encouraged to do extra-credit work to raise their class grade.
     
  • Make-up examinations will be given only if they are taken before graded examinations are returned to students (next class period).  In the event that a make-up examination cannot be taken before exams are returned to other students, the missed examination will not count in calculating the course grade.  This means that other graded work will be
    responsible for a greater weight in determining the course final grade.
     
  • The final examination must be taken. Students missing the final examination should contact their instructor concerning the applicability of an Incomplete grade.

Academic Dishonesty
Any type of activity that is considered dishonest by reasonable standards may constitute academic misconduct. The most common forms of academic misconduct are cheating and plagiarism.All instances of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the work involved.All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Community Standards.Judicial procedures are described in the section of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook titled, Procedures for Adjudicating Alleged Academic Conduct Infractions.



Disruption of the Learning Environment

Behavior which disrupts the teaching–learning process during class activities will not be tolerated.  While a variety of behaviors can be disruptive in a classroom setting, more serious examples include belligerent, abusive, profane, and/or threatening behavior.  A student who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding classroom behavior and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed from class.  A student who is dismissed is entitled to due process and will be afforded such rights as soon as possible following dismissal.  If found in violation, a student may be administratively withdrawn and may receive a grade of WF.

More detailed descriptions of examples of disruptive behavior are provided in the Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures sections of the Clayton State University Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.


Center for Academic Success

The Center for Academic Success (CAS) provides personalized one-on-one peer and professional staff tutoring in over 100 core subjects. The Center is located in Edgewater Hall Suite 276. The CAS also offers moderated study groups, informal study sessions, a comfortable study environment, a student study lounge, and it’s all free! Use the CAS if you need help; become a tutor if you don’t. For more information you can e-mail the center at thecas@clayton.edu

Weapons on Campus
Clayton State University is committed to providing a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Information on laws and policies regulating weapons on campus are available at 

http://www.clayton.edu/public-safety/Safety-Security/Weapons


Other Policies

  • All examinations are closed book.
  • No student-produced "memory sheets" or note cards are allowed.


Last update: July 7, 2018