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Course Code: HUMN550 Course ID: 3528 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course provides study of the logic and methods of science in relation to the development of the universe. It addresses the path by which scientific description of the universe has been made possible. It covers the origin of the universe, the nature of reality, and the relationship between observer and nature. Course topics include cosmology and the future of the human race. Readings for this course include Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time and other emerging relevant contemporary documents.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
07/27/2021 - 12/31/2021 01/03/2022 - 02/27/2022 January Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
10/26/2021 - 04/01/2022 04/04/2022 - 05/29/2022 April Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • CO-1: Apply appropriate graduate-level analytical, research and writing skills in essays.
  • CO-2: Compare and contrast the contributions of the major theorists on the evolution of the Earth and Universe.
  • CO-3: Assess competing theories on the nature of time and the implications of time travel, should it ever prove feasible.
  • CO-4: Assess and critique the validity and implications of the Copernican Principle for making scientific predictions about the future.
  • CO-5: Synthesize the concepts in this course with independent research to produce graduate level essays and presentations.

The course is based on substantial Lesson content each week, Reading Assignments, forum discussions, and formal written assignments. Your Forum posts and responses and written paper/presentation will indicate how well you have read the materials and should refer to both the lessons and other readings when you post and reply to peers. There is a forum for each week of class, and participation is required during the week of the forum. The final paper is broken down into various components to be completed throughout the course, including a lit review, abstract, etc. As you write and develope these various parts, please keep in mind that they should all come together in the end, in the form of a research proposal and presentation.

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Introduction Forum 4.44 %
Week 1 Forum 4.44 %
Week 2 Forum 4.44 %
Week 3 Forum 4.44 %
Week 4 Forum 4.44 %
Week 5 Forum 4.44 %
Week 6 Forum 4.44 %
Week 7 Forum 4.44 %
Week 8 Forum 4.44 %
Final Project 60.00 %
Week 2: Final Project Proposal 6.00 %
Week 4: Final Project Literature Review 12.00 %
Week 6: Final Project Abstract 6.00 %
Week 7: Final Paper Proposal or Report 21.00 %
Week 8: Final Project - Presentation 15.00 %

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • CO-1: Apply appropriate graduate-level analytical, research and writing skills in essays.
  • CO-2: Compare and contrast the contributions of the major theorists on the evolution of the Earth and Universe.
  • CO-3: Assess competing theories on the nature of time and the implications of time travel, should it ever prove feasible.
  • CO-4: Assess and critique the validity and implications of the Copernican Principle for making scientific predictions about the future.
  • CO-5: Synthesize the concepts in this course with independent research to produce graduate level essays and presentations.
Book Title:Add'l alternate sources available online at: http://galileoandeinstein.physics.virginia.edu/tns_draft/index.html, http://www.bartleby.com/173/
ISBN:AMN
Publication Info:Open Web Sources
 
Book Title:Time Travel in Einstein's Universe - eBook available in the APUS Online library
ISBN:9780618257355
Publication Info:Lib
Author:Gott, Richard
Unit Cost:$19.35
 
Book Title:The End of Time:The Next Revolution in Physics - eBook available through the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9780195145922
Publication Info:Oxford University Press Lib
Author:Barbour, Julian
Unit Cost:$26.35
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.