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ASTR 1020L – Astronomy Laboratory
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 1020L (CRN 80239)
Astronomy Laboratory

Credit Hours:

1.0 semester credit hours (0-2-0)

Catalog Description:

A series of laboratories designed to measure the physical properties of planets, stars, and galaxies.

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

Corequisite(s): ASTR 1020.

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


Software Requirement:

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

  • Adobe Reader (needed to access files in PDF format): http://get.adobe.com/reader/
  • Adobe Flash (needed to access video content): http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
  • Some labs may involve additional software, such as Java, to be installed. Java may involve some security risks; if the student is concerned, consultation with The Hub is recommended

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

  • Able to use the WindowsTM operating system
  • Able to use Microsoft WordTM word processing
  • Able to send and receive e-mail using OutlookTM

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:

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.

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 measure, find trends, and draw conclusions from astronomical observations.

Instructor Information:


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


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:


Laboratory Annex, Room 104

Class times:

7:25 p.m. -9:15 p.m., Tuesday

Textbook Information:




10 labs (out of 15 meetings)


Individual labs will be graded pass, fail, redo. Labs will only be a Fail if they are not successfully handed in to receive a Pass. A Redo grade can be handed in again after corrections to receive a Pass. 10 Pass labs guarantee an A. 9 Pass labs are on the border between A and B.



90 - 100%


80 - 89%


70 - 79%


60 - 69%


below 60%

Mid-term Progress Report:

Mid-term grades are not submitted for lab classes.

Course Schedule:

The course schedule for ASTR 1020L, Astronomy Laboratory, is provided below. The schedule may change to fit telescope observing nights, which will only occur when the sky is clear enough of clouds.



Lesson Topic


Aug 14

Introduction to Lab,

Telescope Observing


Aug 21

Planet Hunters


Aug 28


Sep 03

Labor Day Holiday


Sep 04

Higgs Hunters


Sep 11



Sep 18

Solar Storm Watch


Sep 25

HR Diagram


Oct 02

Milky Way Project

Oct 05

Last day to withdraw without academic accountability

Oct 08

Oct 09

Fall Break – No Classes


Oct 16

Black Hole Zoo


Oct 23

Galaxy Zoo


Oct 30

Galaxy Crash


Nov 06

Hubble Law


Nov 13

Habitable Zones


Nov 20

Telescope Observing II


Nov 27


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 for which a lab report is submitted. 

Missed Work
Only 10 labs are needed to ensure a final grade of A, and class is scheduled to meet 15 times. This allows students to miss some scheduled lab sessions if need be.

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

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Last update: July 27, 2018