Course Code: SCIN261 Course ID: 4455 Credit Hours: 4 Level: Undergraduate
This course is a tour of the planets and moons of the solar system, and an introduction to their internal structures, atmospheres, and surface features. Processes that form planets and act continually to change them (e.g., earthquakes, volcanoes, giant impacts) are discussed, as are comets, asteroids, rings, and life. Information gained from spacecraft missions is highlighted. In the laboratory component, students will engage in planetary science inquiry using online interactive simulations and data gathered from space missions and ground-based observatories to help reinforce and build upon the concepts presented in the lecture portion of the course. (Prerequisite: SCIN134)
|Registration Dates||Course Dates||Session||Weeks|
|10/26/20 - 04/02/21||04/05/21 - 05/30/21||Spring 2021 Session B||8 Week session|
|01/25/21 - 07/02/21||07/05/21 - 08/29/21||Summer 2021 Session B||8 Week session|
The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:
- Explain the formation and evolution of the solar system.
- Describe the characteristics of the Sun.
- Compare the properties of the Terrestrial planets.
- Compare the properties of Jovian planets.
- Compare the characteristics of the Dwarfs Planets with the characteristics of the Terrestrial and Jovian planets.
- Describe the Moons of our Solar System.
- Describe the minor bodies of the solar system (asteroids, comets and meteoroids).
- Examine the possibility for the existence of life elsewhere in the solar system.
Forums: Participation is mandatory and will count towards the course grade. You are expected to provide a substantial comment of several well-written paragraphs in each session and a similar comment or reflection in reply to at least two other students’ contribution. Statements such as “I agree” or “good post” will not count as a reply.
Quizzes: The quizzes are on-line, open-book, and timed. They may include multiple choices, fill in the blank, and short essay type questions.
Labs: Each student will write an independent lab report and submit it into via
Final project: Specific information about the final project is posted on “assignments”.
|Brief Biography||2.00 %|
|Forum 1||2.50 %|
|Forum 2||2.50 %|
|Forum 3||2.50 %|
|Forum 4||2.50 %|
|Forum 5||2.50 %|
|Forum 6||2.50 %|
|Forum 7||2.50 %|
|Forum 8||2.50 %|
|Lab 1 - Week 1||4.00 %|
|Lab 2 - Week 3||4.00 %|
|Lab 3 - Week 5||4.00 %|
|Lab 4 - Week 7||4.00 %|
|Lab 5 - Week 8||4.00 %|
|Quiz 3 (Weeks 5 & 6).||10.00 %|
|Quiz 2 (Weeks 3 & 4)||10.00 %|
|Quiz 1 (Weeks 1 & 2)||10.00 %|
|Quiz 4 (Weeks 7 & 8)||10.00 %|
|Final Project||20.00 %|
|Final Project||20.00 %|
|Book Title:||Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.*|
Not current for future courses.