Prior Learning Assessment Course Subjects
- Introductory Astronomy (AST-101) 3.00 s.h.
Introductory Astronomy is a one semester course designed to give you a good understanding of how people have learned and continue to learn about the physical universe. The course covers four major areas: Exploring the Sky, Stars, The Universe of Galaxies, and Planets in Perspective. The most important concept in Introductory Astronomy is the process of sciencethe process by which scientists ask questions of nature and gradually puzzle out the secrets of the physical world. You will discover how the universe is dynamic and continually evolving by applying the scientific method. Science is based on the interplay of evidence and hypothesis, and that interplay is the principal organizing theme for Introductory Astronomy.
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:
- Identify the major structures of the universe.
- Explain the contributions made to the study of astronomy by a select group of scientists from the past.
- Explain the scientific method.
- Understand and use scientific notation.
- Identify and explain the major characteristics of the sun.
- Identify the different types of stars.
- Discuss the life-cycle of stars from how they are formed to how they die.
- Identify the major classes of galaxies and describe their characteristics.
- Explain dark matter and its importance.
- Define cosmology is and discuss its basic assumptions.
- Explain the "big bang" theory.
- Discuss several possible courses for the future development of the universe.
- Explain the history of Earth's formation.
- Compare and contrast the physical characteristics of other planets in the solar system.
- Identify the minor members of the solar system and describe their characteristics.
- Discuss the methods scientists use to determine the possibility that extraterrestrial civilizations exist elsewhere.
- Celestial Navigation II (MRN-371) 3.00 s.h.
- A continuation of celestial navigation. Problems include computing moonrise and moonset, star time and star identifications. Solution of planet and moon observation for position by HO 229 method. Planet, moon and star azimuths to determine compass error. Solution of star observation for position by HO 299 method. Nautical astronomy as related to the celestial sphere.
- Natural Sciences I (NAS-101) 3.00 s.h.
- Covers material taught in introductory biological and physical science courses for nonscience majors. It includes topics such as classification of organisms, evolution, genetics, organisms, cells, ecology, atomic and nuclear structure, chemical elements, thermodynamics, classical mechanics, electricity, astronomy, and geology.
- Natural Sciences II (NAS-102) 3.00 s.h.
- Continued coverage of materials taught in introductory biological and physical science courses for nonscience majors. It includes topics such as classification of organisms, evolution, genetics, organisms, cells, ecology, atomic and nuclear structure, chemical elements, thermodynamics, classical mechanics, electricity, astronomy, and geology.
- Cosmos (NAS-121) 3.00 s.h.
- This course explores the relationships between planet Earth, its inhabitants and the vast universe that surrounds them. Based on the television series, COSMOS, written and hosted by Dr. Carl Sagan, the course examines the evolution of perceptions about them. This is not an introductory course in astronomy but rather an interdisciplinary study of science in general, placed in a humanist perspective. Concepts in science will be examined through viewing of the 13 one-hour television programs, reading and supplementary materials.
- Surveying II: Advanced (SUR-203) 3.00 s.h.
- Advanced surveying topics including surveying astronomy, state plane coordinate systems, and geodetic observations and reductions. Introduction to geometric geodesy.
- Solar Astronomy (AST-202) 3.00 s.h.
- Planets, moons, and other members of the solar system; techniques and results of planetary investigations; theories of planetary origin, efforts to detect other planetary systems, the search for extraterrestrial life.
- Geodetic Astronomy (SUR-432) 3.00 s.h.
- Spherical trigonometry; stellar coordinate systems; time; ephemerides; and star catalogues determination of azimuth, latitude, longitude, and time.
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