Course Description

This course will provide you with a great amount of information about our world, our universe, and beyond our Milky Way. With our guidance, you will be able to investigate many fascinating theories and explore many exciting concepts regarding the history, origin, and evolution of our universe.

In  Cosmology 101, you will enjoy learning about a fascinating array of topics, including:

1.  Discovering The Early Universe
A  Definition – what is Cosmology? Contemplating the early beginnings, The Human Element, Searching both early religion and science for their explanations, The Historical Explanation, The Modern Definition

2.  The Origins And Early Days Of Exploration
Seeing our World through the eyes of the Ancients, The Greeks, The Copernican Rebellion, Early Scientific Views, Pythagoras – not only theorems! Wandering stars , Aristotle, Sky Gods, Where was the Sun?

3. Size, Shape & Age Of Our Universe
Observing the heavens, Orbits & Ellipses , The Laws of Motion, Speculating on the Laws of Gravity, The Impact of Newton's theories, Defining our Universe, Bending our Universe – space & time, Colors, The Milky Way, Relativity, Classifying & Contradictions

4. Cosmology Isn't Theology Or Science Fiction Or Even Just Science
Cruising through the alternative theories – various beliefs, Life on earth and beyond, Where, when & how did life begin, Why is our Universe so suited to our Life?, How can we best calculate Life on Earth?

5. Off With A Bang – Possibly Down With A Crunch?
An explanation: Exactly where do Galaxies come from, Is there such a thing as Ancient Radiation?, Radiation Types, What are the Ingredients for an expanding Universe, Big Bang, Big Crunch, Can gravity be reversed?

6. Building Our Own Universe
Creating It Bit By Bit, The Basic Ingredients of our Universe, The Electron, The Atom, Quantum Mechanics, Max Planck, Karl Heisenberg, Antimatter, Particle Accelerators, Quarks

7. Natural Forces And The Role They Play
The Natural Forces, The Weak Force, The Strong Force, Holding it all together , You could ‘see' the force everywhere , Particles, Quantum Gravity

8. In The Dark
Dark Matter, WIMPs, MACHOs , Dark Energy, Constants , Gauging the piece of string

9. Is The Universe Really Just A Big Chemistry Set?
The chemicals elements that make up our entire Universe , After the Big Bang, The formation of heavier elements , Chemical barriers

10. Making Stars, Solar Systems & Galaxies - & That's Only A Start!
Stars are born, The Origins of stars and their galaxies, The Star Nurseries, Classifying our stars by their chemical make-up , Supernovae and their types, The Milky Way, The Stories some stars can tell, Black Holes – creating, categorizing, looking inside and breaking through

11. Time Travel
The Past, The Present & The Future , Einstein's work on time, The Speed of Light & can it possibly ‘slow down'?, Turning Time Back, Before the Big Bang Is the Universe Infinite?

12. The Greats & What They Have Done For Our World, Our The Universe
Pythagoras, Galileo, Newton, Einstein, Stephen Hawkings

13. The Greatest Cosmological Advances
COBE CERN, Hubble Telescope, WMAP, Keck Telescopes, Others

14. The End
What happens if our Sun burns out? The Big Chill, The Big Crunch, The Big Rip.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the early universe.
  • Summarize the origins and early days of exploration.
  • Describe the size, shape and age of the universe.
  • Summarize the events of the Big Bang.
  • Describe how the universe was built.
  • Define natural forces.
  • Summarize how stars, solar systems and galaxies were formed.
  • Summarize theories about time travel.
  • Summarize the greatest cosmological advances and the people who helped discover them.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction 5 points
Lesson 1 Assignment: Defining Cosmology 20 points
Lesson 1: Discovering the early Universe 9 points
Lesson 2 Assignment: Greeks in Cosmology 20 points
Lesson 2: The origins and early days of exploration 10 points
Lesson 3 Assignment: Laws of Motion 20 points
Lesson 3: Size, shape & age of our Universe 10 points
Lesson 4 Assignment: Living Characteristics 20 points
Lesson 4: Cosmology isn't theology or science fiction – Science is about making testable predi 10 points
Lesson 5 Assignment: Understanding Big Bang 20 points
Lesson 5: Off with a bang 10 points
Lesson 6 Assignment: The Universe's Composition 20 points
Lesson 6: Building our own Universe 10 points
Lesson 7 Assignment: The Four Forces 20 points
Lesson 7: Natural forces and the role they play 10 points
Lesson 8 Assignment: Defining Dark Matter 20 points
Lesson 8: In the dark 10 points
Lesson 9 Assignment: The Universe's Chemical Elements 20 points
Lesson 9: In the Universe really just a big chemistry set? 8 points
Lesson 10 Assignment: Explaining Stars 20 points
Lesson 10: Making stars, solar systems & galaxies 10 points
Lesson 11 Assignment: Theory of Relativity 20 points
Lesson 11: Time travel 9 points
Lesson 12 Assignment: Great Contributions 20 points
Lesson 12: The greats & what they have done for our understanding of the Universe 10 points
Lesson 13 Assignment: Explaining the Hubble Telescope 20 points
Lesson 13: The greatest cosmological advances 9 points
Lesson 14 Assignment: Extreme Changes 20 points
Lesson 14: The end 10 points
The Final Exam 65 points
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