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Course Description


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. The question of how our Universe began is one of the fundamental questions that all peoples of the Earth 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. 

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

 

Lesson 1 : In the Beginning…The Big Bang

Lesson 2 : Our Sun and Other Stars

Lesson 3 : The Moon

Lesson 4 : The Inner Planets

Lesson 5 : The Outer Planets

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

Lesson 7 : The Constellations, Nebulas, and Meteors

Lesson 8 : Global Warming

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

Lesson 10 : Comets

Lesson 11 : The History of Knowledge About the Universe

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

Lesson 13 : Exoplanets and Extraterrestrial Life

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

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.
 

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction5
Lesson 1 : In the Beginning…The Big Bang10
Lesson 2 Assignment25
Lesson 2 : Our Sun and Other Stars10
Lesson 3 Assignment25
Lesson 3 : The Moon10
Lesson 4 : The Inner Planets10
Lesson 5 Assignment25
Lesson 5 : The Outer Planets10
Lesson 6 : The Asteroid Belt, the Kuiper Belt, and Pluto10
Lesson 7 Assignment25
Lesson 7 : The Constellations, Nebulas, and Meteors10
Lesson 8 : Global Warming10
Lesson 9 Assignment25
Lesson 9 : Black Holes, Gamma-Ray Bursts, Neutrinos, and Other Phenomena in the Universe10
Lesson 10 : Comets9
Lesson 11 : The History of Knowledge About the Universe10
Lesson 12 Assignment30
Lesson 12 : Space Exploration, the International Space Station, and the Hubble Space Telescope9
Lesson 13 Assignment20
Lesson 13 : Exoplanets and Extraterrestrial Life10
The Final Exam - History of the Universe325
Total Points:633

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