Catalog: 2015–2016 Catalog Year

AST 109: Planetary Astronomy

General Information

  • Name: Planetary Astronomy
  • Discipline: Astronomy (AST)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts

Prerequisites and Recommended Courses

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Offers a descriptive introduction to current concepts of the solar system, modern observational techniques, and their results. Utilizes telescopes and observatory facilities. Includes four laboratory experiences.

II: Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of AST 109, the student will perform with a minimum accuracy of 80 percent, the following objective:

  • Perform fundamental calculations solving a broad range of astronomical problems.
  • Apply specialized vocabulary as it relates to astronomy.
  • Develop an appreciation and understanding of the historical evolution of the ancient science of astronomy.
  • Describe and characteristics of the planetary evolution of the solar system as well as characterize the physical properties and features of planets, moons, the sun as an integrated large scale planetary system.
  • Recognize extrasolar planetary bodies and extend comparative planetology to planets well beyond our solar system.
  • Identify some seasonal constellations and learn to use a telescope.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

General Education Mission:

AST 109 is a general education class that promotes the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will benefit students in their personal and professional endeavors.

General Education Student Learning Outcome:

Students who successfully complete AST 109 satisfy the general education learning outcome of having problem solving, creative, and critical thinking skills. In addition, students will understand the methods of science and the role of science and technology in the modern world.

Program Mission for AA/AS degree:

AST 109 satisfies the A.A. /A.S. degree mission by providing academic knowledge and skills for successful transfer to meet higher educational goals.

Program Student Learning Outcomes for AA/AS degree:

Students who successfully complete AST 109 will know the subject matter appropriate to the emphasis of the degree.

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