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ASTR 1020 – Stellar and Galactic 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 1020 (CRN 80237)
Stellar and Galactic Astronomy

Credit Hours:

3.0 semester credit hours (3-0-0)

Catalog Description:

The study of the Sun and stars, their physical properties and evolution, interstellar matter, star clusters, our galaxy and other galaxies, and the origin and evolution of the Universe.

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

  • Prerequisite: ASTR 1010, Solar System


Content:

Space and Time
Spacetime and Gravity
Quantum and Particle Effects in Astronomy
The Sun
Properties of Stars
Star Birth
Stellar Evolution
Star Death
Our Galaxy
Properties of Galaxies
Galactic Evolution
Dark Matter and Dark Energy
Cosmology
Life in the Universe

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.

Software Requirement:

To properly access the course content you will need to download the following free software:

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 use a Web browser.

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Student notebook computers will not be used in the classroom in this course. Computers will be required to access course materials and to communicate with your instructor.Notebook computers will be used extensively in the co-requisite laboratory course, PHYS 1111L.In this lab course, notebook computers are required for virtually all lab meetings.

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:


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:

Lakeview Discovery Center, Room 110

Class times:

5:00 p.m. -6:15 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday


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:

MABOROSON94919

Text Coverage:

Chapters S2 – S4, 14 – 24


Evaluation:

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

300

In-class quizzes: 10 quizzes @ 10 points*

100

MasteringAstronomy Homework

200

Participation (online interviews)**

100

Final examination***

200

TOTAL

900

*If more quizzes are given, the best 10 will be graded. If a student must miss a quiz, an extra credit project can help the student with extra points. 

**Five live internet interviews will be scheduled throughout the semester. Be present on these days and ask a question in order to receive 20 points participation credit

***The final examination will be comprehensive.


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 1020, Stellar and Galactic Astronomy, is provided in the table below.

Lesson

Date

Lesson Topic

Text Chapter

1

Aug 14

Introduction


2

Aug 16

Special Relativity

S2

3

Aug 21

Special Relativity

S2

4

Aug 24

General Relativity

S3

5

Aug 28

General Relativity

S3

6

Aug 30

Quantum, Particles

S4

7

Sep 04

Quantum, Particles

S4

8

Sep 06

The Sun

14

9

Sep 11

The Sun

10

Sep 13

Interview?

14

11

Sep 18

Examination I

S2-S4, 15

12

Sep 20

Stars

15

13

Sep 25

Stars

15

14

Sep 27

Star Birth

16

15

Oct 02

Interview?

16

16

Oct 04

Star Life Cycles

17


Oct 05

Last day to withdraw without academic accountability



Oct 08

Oct 09

Fall Break – No Classes


17

Oct 11

Star Life Cycles

17

18

Oct 16

Interview?

18

19

Oct 18

Bizarre Stellar Graveyard

20

Oct 23

Bizarre Stellar Graveyard


21

Oct 25

Examination II

15 - 18

22

Oct 30

Our Galaxy

19

23

Nov 01

Our Galaxy

19

24

Nov 06

Galaxies

20

24

Nov 06

Cosmology

21

25

Nov 08

Cosmology

21

26

Nov 13

Galaxy Evolution

22

27

Nov 15

Examination III

19-22

28

Nov 20

Dark Matter, Energy

23


Nov 21

Nov 25

Thanksgiving Holiday


29

Nov 27

Dark Matter, Energy

23

30

Nov 29

Extraterrestrials

24

Final Examination

TBD

Final Examination

S2-S4,
15-24


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.  Any absence must be accompanied by a written excuse from a doctor or other competent authority. 

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

  • Instead of make-up quizzes, students who must miss a quiz are encouraged to turn in extra-credit work. The highest ten quiz scores will be used to calculate the course grade. If fewer than 10 quizzes end up being offered, grades with and without quizzes will be calculated, and whichever grade is higher will be used for the final 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.

Plagiarism Detection Software.
Students agree that by taking this course all required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. You should submit your papers in such a way that no identifying information about you is included.

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

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



Last update: July 25, 2018