Stars and Galaxies Syllabus for 2021-2022
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PHYS-1303-001 Stars and Galaxies


Course Description

Study of stars, galaxies and the universe outside our solar system.

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Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


21 st Century Astronomy 6th Edition  Kay,Palen, Blumenthal

WW Norton


Student Performance

By the end of the semester the student should be able to complete the listed objectives with a minimum of 60% competency level based on the grading procedure for the course.


  1. Understand and be able to summarize the properties of stars and where our Sun is placed in the classification scheme.
  2. Explain and apply the concepts of stellar formation and the life cycle of a star.
  3. Explain the basic characteristics of the various categories of galaxies and Modern Cosmology
  4. Understand be able to summarize the evidence for the Big Bang and the evolution of the universe

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If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Cell phones are not to be out during class unless okayed by the instructor. Any use of a cell phone or other device during a test or quiz will result in immediate forfeiture of the quiz/exam and a zero grade.

During exams, you are expected to be on time. Once the first test has been turned in, no tests will be handed out to anyone late for class. Once the test has started, you may not leave the room until you have turned in your test. 

 A mask is recommended as needed  while in class.  Maintain social distancing as well.

Grading Criteria

The course grade will be determined by a combination of exams and exercises according to the following percentages:

  • Exams (drop lowest)           60%
  • Homework and quizzes      10%
  • Project                                  5%
  • Comprehensive final           25 %

The lowest score from the 5 semester exams  will be dropped from your average. 2 attendence grades will also be dropped.

The overall course grade will be according to the following percentages:

A    - 90 - 100 %
B    - 80 - 89.99 %
C   - 70 - 79.99 %
D   - 60 - 69.99 %
F    - Below 60 %

There will be no extra credit assignments. If you have a question about a grade, you have two weeks from the date that the grade is posted to ask for a review. After that two weeks the grade will be permanent.

The last day to drop is April 22th. It is the students responsibility to monitor your grade and initiate the drop process. 


Class attendance is mandatory with attendance monitored by class roll. There will be no makeups for homework, missed quizzes or tests unless prior arrangements have been made.


Test 1             Ch. 5, 6,13

Test 2             Ch. 14,15, 16

Test 3             Ch.17,18 19

Test 4             Ch.20,21 22

Test 5              Ch.23,24

Final Exam: May 9 th, 5:30 pm


Additional Information

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Syllabus Created on:

01/17/20 10:16 AM

Last Edited on:

01/03/22 11:19 AM