NAVARRO COLLEGE COURSE SYLLABUS
INTRO TO ASTRONOMY II
Instructor: John French
Office: Cook Art Science & Technology Center
Phone: 903-874-1211 or 903-875-7592
Time: 2:00 - 4:50 or 6:30 - 9:20 Tuesdays & Thursdays
Room: The Cook AST Center Planetarium
This course, designed for non science majors, will explore our milky way galaxy, stars and stellar systems, galaxies, cosmology and the tools used to study astronomy. The course will use The Cook Center Planetarium and the Leighton B. Dawson Observatory’s 14 inch telescope.
Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:
A. demonstrate his/her ability to identify certain constellations, deep sky objects, and stars visible in the night sky.
B. demonstrate ability to use a Star and Planet Locator.
C. demonstrate knowledge of historical events in astronomy.
D. demonstrate knowledge of physical properties of the stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies known to exist in our universe.
E. demonstrate knowledge of structure of our universe and the current theories of cosmology.
F. demonstrate ability to set up, aim and use a telescope
III. INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS
A. Text: Voyages Through The Universe. Fraknoi, Morrison & Wolfe.
B. Star and Planet Locator (available at the Cook AST Center)
C. Primary emphasis is on group and individual instruction during class and lab hours
D. Lectures and demonstrations
E. Planetarium shows
IV. COURSE REQUIREMENTS
A. Regular and punctual attendance is required
B. All major assignments completed and turned in as assigned
Your grade will be based on two (2) tests, quizzes, attendance and sky observation assignments and lab projects.
VI. SEMESTER GRADE COMPUTATION
VII. ATTENDANCE POLICY
Regular and punctual attendance is expected and required. It should be remembered that absences always result in work being missed and that in spite of the best efforts of both the instructor and the student, this usually means that grades will suffer.
VIII. EEOC STATEMENT
Navarro College shall comply with existing federal and state laws and regulations, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (P.L. 88- 352) and Executive Order 11246 (Revised Order #4), where applicable, with respect to the admissions and education of students, with respect to the availability of student loans, grants, scholarships, and job opportunities, with respect to the employment and promotion of teaching and non-teaching personnel with respect to the student and faculty activities conducted on premises owned or occupied by the College. Navarro College shall not discriminate either in favor of or against any person on account of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status or veterans status.
THE COURSE CONTENT MAY VARY SLIGHTLY FROM THIS SYLLABUS ACCORDING TO CLASS SIZE AND CLASS PROGRESSION.