... Solar Systems Astronomy
... Stars, Galaxies,Cosmology
... Astronomy Laboratory I
... Astronomy Laboratory II
... Geometry of Art and Nature
... Life in the Universe
F.X.Timmes, my vitae
Spacetime Coordinates: Online on Tuesdays from 1:00pm to 2:00pm and Wednesdays from 9:40am to 10:20am between 20Jan and 03May. You are not required to be available during these time slots.
Instructors: Either Professor Frank Timmes firstname.lastname@example.org, Teaching Associate Karen Knierman email@example.com, or Teaching Associate Angel Fuentes firstname.lastname@example.org, will be avaliable Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the times given above via the course blackboard site, the live lectures delivered via Adobe Connect, email, or telephone 480 965 4274.
Online Course: This is an online introductory laboratory on stars, galaxies, and cosmology. It is your responsibility to complete the reading online laboratories, and particpate/listen to the online lectures. It is assumed you have suitable hardware, software, internet connectivity, and know how to administer your machine.
Our goal for this course is to communicate the excitement of modern astronomy. Some algebra will be used because obtaining quantitative results is an essential part of science. However, it is equally important for you to be able to give clear explanations of physical phenomena. This course could be one of your most rewarding courses, if you learn the material. We will move quickly and each new topic will build upon concepts covered previously. If you fall behind, you will find it difficult to catch up. Stay ahead of the game.
Getting your Blackboard account established: First, you must purchase a "blackboard code" from the ASU bookstore. After you do that point your browser to myasucourses.asu.edu and navigate to the AST 114 blackboard site. This blackboard area is your springboard to anything you need in this course. Click on the Labs and Quizzes link on the left-hand side menu. A window should pop-up that looks like this screenshot. If you don't see this window, disable the pop-up blocker on your browser. Enter the "blackboard code" you purchased from the ASU bookstore. It should start with the letters TQ.
Getting your Virtual Astronomy Laboratories (VAL) account established: I have sent each of you a "VAL code". From the Labs and Quizzes page click on the Virtual Astronomy Lab link. Click on the Students Register link. Enter the "VAL code" I sent you. When prompted enter the Course ID 2353. Your account should be set-up now. If you are still having problems, disable the pop-up blocker on your browser and/or call the help number provided at the end of VAL_account_instructions.pdf.
Online Lectures: Live, interactive lectures will be given via Adobe Connect on Wednesdays from 9:40am to 10:30am. You are not required to be available during this time slot, as the lectures will be recorded for viewing at your convenience. To join a lecture, click on one of the lecture links below, choose to enter as a "guess", type your name, and click the "enter room" button. The first time you attempt to join an Adobe Connect meeting, it will automagically configure your machine.
Here is a set-up guide in pdf format for Adobe Connect, and here is a video tutorial on what to expect in a Adobe Connect meeting. You do not need a camera or a mirophone to participate, as you can type your questions and comments into a chat window. If you want to ask questions verbally, then your computer needs to have a microphone and I strongly reccomend the use of headphones to prevent feedback and other sounds.
Oneline Labs: There are 14 assignments, one per week. Each assignment starts on a Wednesday and is due the following Wednesday. Each assignment is usually composed of a VAL lab worth 50 points and a Blackboard Quiz on the lab worth 50 points. The lab grades will be based on completion of all the lab exercises (35 points) and correctness of the answers (15 points). Each assignment will take on average about 1 hour to complete. You must complete the labs and tests by yourself. Late labs will not be accepted, except for verified medical reasons or ASU sponsored activities. Claiming your computer or internet went down is not a valid reason for a late assignment.
Extra Credit: There are no extra credit or honors projects for this course.
Grading: Final grades are based on the number of points you earn on the labs. You can view your percentage of the total points avaliable to date from the course blackboard site. Final grades for the course are generally based on a curve; that is, relative to your colleagues. However, I allow for absolute scores - 90% or better will get an A, 80% a B, 70% a C. In general, I allow for "+" but not "-" grades.
Cheating: Just don't. Please familiarize yourself with ASU's Student Academic Integrity Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Evidence of cheating on any online lab - sacrificial lambs, drones, dummy accounts - will result in you failing the entire course, as well as being referred to the appropriate Dean. Don't cheat.