Class meets 1:00 - 1:50 pm MW.
Lab meets 2:00 - 3:50 pm TR.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic concepts of astronomy. We will cover everything from the solar system to how astronomers believe the universe began. There will be both non-graded and graded in-class activities on a regular basis.
Course Website: This course makes use of Blackboard / WebCT for supplemental instruction.
Grading: Labs – 15%, Project – 15%, Participation – 10%, Exams (3 @ 20% each) – 60%
Expectations: Students should read the chapters to be covered on a particular day prior to coming to class.
Late work will not be accepted.
While attendance is not factored into your grade directly, you must attend class regularly if you hope to do well. Tests can only be made up if you have an excused absence (considered on a case by case basis). Any planned absences from class should be discussed with the instructor beforehand if you are going to be missing a graded activity (e,g, test, quiz, etc.) so that make-up plans (if approved) may be arranged. Excused absences include university sponsored events, illness, and the death of an immediate family member (parents, children, siblings, etc.).
Lab: All lab assignments must be completed during the lab period unless otherwise noted. If you cannot attend lab at any time and have an approved excused absence, you must make arrangements with the instructor to make-up the lab within one week of when it was originally scheduled. Note that you may attend either lab section during a given week if you must miss your normal lab time. However, lab space is extremely limited. Be aware that if you attend a lab section other than your own, you may have to stand the entire time. Labs will begin the first week of class.
Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you take a direct quote from a source for one of your assignments, please indicate so by using quotation marks and citing the source. It should go without saying that any work you hand in should be your own. You may work together in pairs in lab, but you must submit your own work.
Please turn off your cell phone (or put in silent mode) while in lecture or lab.
Note: In accordance with the law, MSU provides students with documented disabilities academic accommodations. If this applies to you, please contact me.
Note: By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a "limited right" in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The "limited right" shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student's work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.