2. A. Course Title: Astronomy
    B. Course Number: PH 114A - 10336
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Huguley, Jesse
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: By Appointment
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s): PH 114AL
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    The observations, theories, and methods of astronomy in relation to the major areas of astronomy (Planetary, Solar, Stellar, and Galactic) will be covered in this course. This is a course intended for non-science majors. Concurrent enrollment in PH 114AL (laboratory) is required. This is a four credit hour course.


    This course fulfills the requirement for a laboratory science. This is a general education course with wide transferability.



    Textbook: Discovering the Essential Universe, Neil F.Comins, Sixth ed. If you order on line, make sure you receive the Sixth Edition.

    Laboratory Manual (Optional): Astronomy Laboratory Experiments, Berner, copyright 2011-2012.

    Laboratory Equipment:

    Inexpensive Binoculars


    "Astronomy" Magazine; current news stand edition.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Grading is as follows:
    There are three categories from which your grade will be determined. They are shown in the grade book as Discussions, Laboratory and Assignments. Discussions and the Lab will be 20% each of your final grade and Assignments will be 60%. To compute your final grade, the total points you achieve in each category divided by the number possible times the weight factor added together will be your final point total.

    Labs will have 500 points available
    Discussions will have 1500 points Available
    Assignments will have 650 points available

    Each category may vary a little as we progress through the course.

    Thus assume you score 450 on the labs, 1400 on the discussions and 600 on the assignments.

    (450/500 x.20) + (1400/1500 x .20) + ( 600/650 x .6) x 100% = (0.18 + .19 + .56) = 93% = A in the course.

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    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's broad range of science courses provides students with an opportunity to achieve their academic goals by fostering higher order thinking skills, basic academic success skills, discipline-specific knowledge and skills, and scientific and academic values.
    The course content of astronomy PH 114A supports NMJC’s mission which is “promoting success through learning” by encouraging students to accomplish the following:
    1. Describe the process of scientific inquiry.
    2. Solve problems scientifically.
    3. Communicate scientific information.
    4. Apply quantitative analysis to scientific problems.
    5. Apply scientific thinking to real world problems.


    By the end of this course students should be able to:
    1. Discuss the history of astronomy.
    2. Describe the motions of the sun, moon, and planets in the solar system.
    3. Describe how a telescope works and how it can be used to gather information about the universe.
    4. Discuss the nature of stars and their life cycles.
    5. Discuss the classifications of stars.
    6. Describe the structure and make up of galaxies.
    7. Discuss the possible origins and structure of the universe.
    8. Describe the structure of the solar sytem and describe the
    planets and other objects making it up.
    9. Learn to identify numerous stars and constellations by sight.


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    Last Day to Receive Refund (Full term & 1st eight week sessions) January 23


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  15. COURSE OUTLINE The course consists of Five Modules. Each module will have weekly Chapter Readings with Chapter Quizzes, Unit Essays, and Weekly Discussion Topics. There is a Mid Term and Final exam. Laboratory requirements are met as part of and integral to the course. Specific assignment instructions for each observation/activity. are provided in each Unit. See Course Modules for specific topics and due dates.

    Week Ending

    Text Chapters


    Week 1

    Chapter 1 Discovering the night sky

    Begin Lunar Mapping Project. Do not wait to start observations or you will run out of seeing days. Begin work on the project immediately.

    Week 2

    Chapter 2, Gravitation

    Week 3

    Chapter 3, Light and Telescopes

    Week 4

    Chapter 4, Formation of the Solar System

    LAB 2 Begin: Google Moon

    Week 5

    Chapter 5 ExoPlanets Moons

    Week 5 cont'd

    Chapter 6 Terrestrial Planets and their Moons

    LAB 2 Google Moon Due

    Week 6

    Appendix F, Pluto Debate

    Week 7

    Chapter 7 Outer Planets and their moons

    Lab 1:Lunar Mapping Lab Due

    Week 8

    Chapter 8,Vagabonds of the Solar System

    LAB 3:Begin Stellarium Lab, "Introduction to Stellarium Lab". Follow the instructions for operating the software very carefully.

    Week 9

    Appendix H-4, Fusion,

    LAB3: Stellarium Lab Due

    Week 10

    Chapter 9, The Sun

    LAB 4: Begin "Big Dipper with Stellarium Software Lab. Be sure and use currrent sky patterns.

    Week 11

    Chapter 10, Characterizing Stars

    Week 12

    Appendix C-11,Spiral and Interacting Galaxies

    Week 13

    Chapter 11, Lives of Stars,Remnants of Stars

    LAB 5: Begin Stellarium Lab - Motion of the Sun

    Week 14

    Chapter 12, Deaths and Remnants of Stars

    LAB 5: Stellarium Lab-Motion of the Sun Due

    Week 15

    Chapter 13,Galaxies

    Chapter 14, Cosmology

    Chapter 15, Astrobiology

    Week 16


    Final exam schedule details will be presented as we proceed. The instructor has the right to modify the course outline above as course conditions require.