Elements of Astronomy Lab – PHSC 122

CG • Section • 01/03/2020 to 06/11/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An optional lab to accompany PHSC 121. Attention will be given to laboratory procedures of astronomy, safety, observation skills and method, astronomical science and reasoning, conclusions/learning and practical astronomy.




PHSC 122 is an optional lab designed to accompany PHSC 121, but may be taken by students who need a one-hour laboratory credit for a laboratory science.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between absolute magnitude and apparent magnitude, and calculate a star's distance modulus when given these two magnitudes.
  2. Describe the effect of the Earth's magnetic field on the solar wind and on cosmic rays.
  3. Exhibit expertise in using science processes.
  4. Properly record measurements and convert them to various units.
  5. Use correct astronomical formulas, theory, concepts, processes, and outside resources, as necessary, to display, evaluate, and analyze data from observations made.
  6. Make scientifically and astronomically sound conclusions regarding observations and data collected. In short, use sound astronomical reasoning and science processes to come to accurate and rational conclusions.
  7. Compare and contrast the surfaces and interiors of the other terrestrial planets with those of Earth.

Course Assignment

Lab readings, Discussion Board readings, and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmate’s thread. Each reply must be at least 125 words.

Short Responses to Presentations (3)

The student will watch 3 presentations and write a short response to each. Responses must be a minimum of 125 words and a maximum of 200 words.

Labs (15)

Each lab will include reading material, tutorial material, and simulation activities for the student to complete.