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For many centuries, scientists generally held the belief that the Universe was truly infinite--it had neither a beginning nor an end. The question of how our Universe began is one of the fundamental questions that all peoples of all cultures have wondered for millennia. Although much of what we know today is still regarded as speculation, scientists and astrophysicists have made significant discoveries in the last century that have given us a much clearer view of the Universe's history. While these discoveries have led us to better understand our origins, they have also prompted us to pose even deeper questions. This is the very nature of science and cosmology, the study of the Universe. Our understanding of the physical world around us, and indeed the Universe itself, is constantly expanding.
 
This course will explore the very beginnings of our Universe and examine its fundamental components. We will explore the formation and basic elements of our own solar system, and we will reach out from there--deep into the darkness to explore the sometimes exotic and always fascinating elements of space. 

We will also peer into other worlds in search of life on other planets, and we will learn about the exciting discoveries that have been made throughout the centuries by some of our greatest thinkers.
 

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Lesson 1 : In the Beginning...The Big Bang

For many centuries, scientists generally held the belief that the Universe was truly infinite – many people believed that it neither had a beginning nor an end. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Big Bang Focus; Visual Bang
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1 : In the Beginning…The Big Bang

Lesson 2 : Our Sun and Other Stars

To begin our journey in studying the Universe, we must first begin in our own backyard, and we will start with the most prominent member of our Solar System: the Sun. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2 : Our Sun and Other Stars

Lesson 3 : The Moon

Besides Earth, scientists know more about the Moon than any other object in our solar system. Our knowledge of the Moon has led to very significant discoveries in planetary formation, orbits, and many other astronomical topics. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Moon Connections; Moon Facts
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3 : The Moon

Lesson 4 : The Inner Planets

In order to properly study the history of the planets in our solar system, it is wise to separate the planets into two groups, the inner and outer planets. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Solar System Know-How; Inner Planets
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4 : The Inner Planets

Lesson 5 : The Outer Planets

The outer planets of our solar system are Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. They are often referred to as the "gas giants," as they are comprised primarily of gas. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Outer Planet Tour
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5 : The Outer Planets

Lesson 6 : The Asteroid Belt, the Kuiper Belt, and Pluto

Anyone who has ever studied a chart of the planets has noticed that there is a huge distance separating the fourth planet, Mars, from the fifth planet, Jupiter. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Asteroid Belts; Kuiper Basics
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6 : The Asteroid Belt, the Kuiper Belt, and Pluto

Lesson 7 : The Constellations, Nebulae, and Meteors

Ever since mankind has looked at the night sky, we have been able to identify patterns of stars that form familiar, although sometimes unusual, patterns. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Seeing Stars; Where is the Nebula?
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7 : The Constellations, Nebulas, and Meteors

Lesson 8 : Global Warming

There has been an enormous amount of discussion and debate in recent times about the subject of Global Warming. To many people, this is a politically charged topic, with liberals on one side and conservatives on the other. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Getting Warmer; Global Warming Interactive
  • Take Poll: Life Forces
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8 : Global Warming

Lesson 9 : Black Holes, Gamma-Ray Bursts, Neutrinos, and Other Phenomena in the Universe

In the vast and limitless Universe, there are few objects that are more fascinating that Black Holes, Gamma-Ray Bursts, and Neutrinos. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Black Hole Mysteries; Hawking's Black Hole Blunder
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9 : Black Holes, Gamma-Ray Bursts, Neutrinos, and Other Phenomena in the Universe

Lesson 10 : Comets

Throughout this course, we have discussed phenomena such as black holes and meteors, but an entire chapter must be devoted to comets alone due to their significance in the history of the Universe. 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Comet Gazing; Halley's Comet
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10 : Comets

Lesson 11 : The History of Knowledge About the Universe

In a course devoted to the history and topics of the Universe, we must examine some of the greatest thinkers and scientists who have contributed the most to our knowledge of the Universe. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: The Beginnings; Size of the Universe
  • Take Poll: Father of Knowlege
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11 : The History of Knowledge About the Universe

Lesson 12 : Space Exploration, the International Space Station, and the Hubble Space Telescope

In this chapter, we will discuss our exploration of space, from manned missions into space, non-manned probes into space, our most sophisticated telescopes. 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: NASAs Space Station
  • Take Poll: To Boldly Go...
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12 : Space Exploration, the International Space Station, and the Hubble Space Telescope

Lesson 13 : Exoplanets and Extraterrestrial Life

For as long as mankind has inhabited the Earth and looked to the sky, we have wondered about the possibility of life on other planets. 355 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review Article: ET- Anybody Out There?
  • Take Poll: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 13 : Exoplanets and Extraterrestrial Life
  • Complete: The Final Exam - History of the Universe
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Course Title: History of the Universe
Course Number: 7550432
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: April Graves
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe our sun and other stars.
  • Describe the moon.
  • Describe the inner and outer planets.
  • Describe the asteroid belt, the kuiper belt, and pluto.
  • Describe the constellations, nebulas, and meteors.
  • Describe black holes, gamma-ray bursts, neutrinos, and other phenomena in the universe.
  • Describe comets.
  • Know the history of knowledge about the universe.
  • Describe space exploration, the international space station, and the hubble space telescope.
  • Describe exoplanets and extraterrestrial life, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 

Student Testimonials

  • "Very helpful and it encourages one to expand their knowledge of astronomy" -- Isaura A.
  • "I really enjoyed this course. I have gone to a planetarium space show and saw Hubble in IMAX as a result." -- Gloria B.
  • "The instructor was very knowledgeable and was always there to help with any questions. Each lesson were clear and easy to follow." -- Bill S.
  • "The audio/visual reading of the content was most helpful." -- William S.
  • "It was the overall learning experience of taking an online class that helped me the most. The instructor was very prompt in answering my questions and clarifying data." -- Shawn K.
  • "The optional videos helped emphasize the main points. The internet links were also very helpful." -- Michael H.
  • "I found all the lessons useful, but I really enjoyed the lessons on The Big Bang, The Sun, The planets, and comets. I have been very happy with my tutor. She has really encouraged me, and always answered any queries I had very promptly! She is an excellent instructor! " -- Gael M.
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