Introduction to Astronomy Syllabus
AST1002 Class 8577, Fall 2014

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Course Information

Introduction to Astronomy - AST1002 Class 8577
Date: August 25 to December 13, 2014

This course is a survey of the elementary aspects of the astronomical universe. Topics include the history and growth of astronomy, instrumentation, solar system, stars, galaxies and cosmology. Star-gazing sessions and planetarium trips are included to identify the prominent constellations and stars.

Pre-reqs: No corequisites or prerequisites.
Credits: 3.00

Instructor Information

Gregory Fitzgibbons, Ph.D.

Instructional Mode

Lecture and Discussion

Instruction includes classroom lecture and discussion.

eLearning Information

To succeed in an online course, you need to be:

  • motivated
  • self-directed
  • willing to work on your own

Online courses are not for everyone. They are neither easier nor more difficult than on-campus courses, but they do require more dedication and self-discipline from the student.  If you like to interact face-to-face with a professor and classmates, or if you have difficulty managing your time, this might not be the best course delivery mode for you.  However, if you can read and understand technical information, follow instructions as given, and solve computer problems on your own without asking for much help, online instruction should work well for you. Good time management skills, self-discipline, and motivation are required to successfully complete an online course.

Textbook Information

No information about textbooks has been received.

Measurable Course Objectives

Measurable Course Objectives are outcomes students are expected to achieve by the end of the course.

  • Define terms used to describe and measure the visible universe.
  • Explain phenomena observed in the sky such as eclipses, the motions of stars, the appearance of the night sky, the cause of the seasons.
  • Explain the development of the heliocentric model and the demise of the geocentric model.
  • Explain the cause of tides.
  • Describe light and matter interactions, spectra and the basic types of telescopes.
  • Compare and contrast Terrestrial and Jovian planets.
  • Describe the basic properties of the sun, its energy generation, sunspots and ways the sun affects Earth.
  • Describe the major types of stars in terms of their temperature, luminosity and size.
  • Describe the life cycle of a star.
  • Describe the overall appearance of the Milky Way Galaxy.
  • Describe the large-scale structure of the visible universe, its expansion, the Big Bang Model and use concepts such as look-back time and light travel-time.

Collegewide Student Learning Outcomes

The Collegewide Student Learning Outcomes assessed and reinforced in this course include the following:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning

Attendance Policy

The College recognizes the correlation between attendance and both student retention and achievement. Per College Policy 3.060 Students are expected to attend all class meetings of all courses for which they are registered. The College Attendance Procedure is located in College Procedure 4.0900 and is available online at

For online classes, attendance is determined by consistently logging in and accessing the course content and completing courses in accordance with the syllabus. Simply logging in to an on-line class does NOT count as attendance. Students must engage in an academically-related activity.

Academic Integrity

As members of the Seminole State College of Florida community, students are expected to be honest in all of their academic coursework and activities. Academic dishonesty, such as cheating of any kind on examinations, course assignments or projects, plagiarism, misrepresentation and the unauthorized possession of examinations or other course-related materials, is prohibited.

Plagiarism is unacceptable to the college community. Academic work that is submitted by students is assumed to be the result of their own thought, research or self-expression. When students borrow ideas, wording or organization from another source, they are expected to acknowledge that fact in an appropriate manner. Plagiarism is the deliberate use and appropriation of another's work without identifying the source and trying to pass-off such work as the student's own. Any student who fails to give full credit for ideas or materials taken from another has plagiarized.

Students who share their work for the purpose of cheating on class assignments or tests are subject to the same penalties as the student who commits the act of cheating.

When cheating or plagiarism has occurred, instructors may take academic action that ranges from denial of credit for the assignment or a grade of "F" on a specific assignment, examination or project, to the assignment of a grade of "F" for the course. Students may also be subject to further sanctions imposed by the judicial officer, such as disciplinary probation, suspension or dismissal from the College. Students may also be subject to further sanctions imposed by a judicial officer, such as disciplinary probation, suspension or dismissal from the College.

Withdrawal Policy

A student desiring to withdraw from a course after the add/drop period should initiate withdrawal procedures with an instructor or counselor. Withdrawals are not official until the withdrawal form is completed and given to the Office of Enrollment Services and Registrar. Withdrawal deadlines are published in the official College Catalog Academic Calendar.

Accommodation Statement

Seminole State College abides by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which stipulates that no student shall be denied the benefits of an education 'solely by reason of a handicap.' Disabilities covered by law include, but are not limited to psychiatric impairments, learning disabilities and hearing, sight or mobility impairments. If you have a disability that may have some impact on your work in this class and for which you may require accommodations, contact the Disability Support Services Office (DSS) to facilitate the accommodation process.

Campus locations and phone numbers for DSS are:

  • Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Room A-101, 407.708.2109
  • Altamonte Campus, Room ALT 107, 407.404.6005
  • Heathrow Campus, Room HEA 115, 407.708.4440
  • Oviedo Campus, Room OVF 102-D, 407.971.5114

College Emergency Information

In case of emergency conditions (such as tropical storms, hurricanes, power outages, etc), verify the college is open and classes are being held by calling 407.708.2290 or 407.708.4722.  The Seminole State homepage will also feature updated announcements (


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College Communication

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Student Code of Conduct

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To promote the health and wellness of the Seminole State College community, the use if tobacco of any kind and in any form is prohibited on all College-owned and/or operated facilities.  This includes tobacco use in personal vehicles while on College property.  The College Tobacco-Free Policy can be found at

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