Form NC:

New Course Proposal






Form NC #:



4 Sep 02



I. Give complete UMM catalog entry (see instructions).

PHYS 1051f. Astronomy. (Sci-L; 5 cr)

Motions of celestial objects; the solar system; telescopes and other astronomical

instruments; stars and their properties; the life cycles of stars; galaxies; and cosmology.

Night viewing sessions required. (4 hrs lect, 2 hrs lab)


PHYS 1052f. The Solar System. (Sci-L; 5 cr; no cr for students who have received cr for Phys 1051)

History of astronomy; motions of celestial objects; gravity and electromagnetic radiation; the Earth and Moon; the planets and their moons; meteors and asteroids; the Sun; telescopes and other astronomical instruments. Stars and constellations of the fall sky. Night viewing sessions required. (4 hrs lect, 2 hrs lab)

II. Rationale (see instructions):

This course will, to some extent, replace Phys 1051 astronomy. This course will go into greater depths of planetary investigations and observations than the existing course. It will include coverage of meteors and asteroids. The observatory will be used for lunar and planetary observations.

III. Other Course Information

First semester to be offered:

Fall 2003

Principal Faculty Sponsor(s):

Gordon McIntosh

Is course repeatable? (if yes, give max cr)


To what quarter course(s) does this correspond?


Course Type (choose one from instruction sheet):



Course requires:(check all that apply):


Laboratory sections


Recitation/discussion sections


IV. Assessment Information

Please state clearly and briefly the GOALS of this course.


The goals of this course are to provide the students with knowledge of 1. the scientific method, 2. the history of astronomy, 3. planetary motions, 4. gravitational theory, 5. electromagnetic radiation, 6. the various bodies of the solar system, and 7. the function and operation of optical telescopes. The course will also provide opportunities for students to make astronomical observations of 1. the perceived motion of the sun, 2. sunspots, 3. the phases of the Moon, 4. planets and their motion, 5. meteors, and 6. stars and constellations of the fall sky.


How will you ASSESS the success of this course in achieving the GOALS described above?


The course will include astronomical observations, laboratory activities, homework, quizzes, and tests to measure the success of the students in comprehending the material of the course.