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Two Year College
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In your department, do you have separate introductory courses for majors/potential majors and non-majors?
If yes, do they cover the same topics, or are they different? Please provide a brief explanation.
If students take a non-majors course, and then decide to become a major, do they have to go back and take an additional introductory course?
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Solar System Formation
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What is the format of this course?
Linked but separate lecture and lab, students enroll in one course, both taught by you
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Please tell us how many students are in your class.
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Please briefly describe the context of this course, including the nature of the student body and the role of this course in the curriculum and your school.
"This is an introductory course with no pre-requisites and does not serve as a prerequisite for other courses. Typically, 50% of the students take the course as pre-service elementary teachers, and 50% of the students take the course to satisfy a general education requirement. The course has an optional lab. Students who decide to major in astronomy must take a subsequent course in intro astronomy."
Please briefly describe the content covered in this course, including fundamental concepts covered, and skills developed.
"The Planetary course focuses on comparative planetology and also covers topics in solar system formation, planetary atmosphere, and
planetary geology. The course include 8 labs that model how scientists use remote sensing data to learn about our solar system.
Students make observations and interpretations during field experiences and as the term progresses take on more independence."
What are the main features of your course that help your students achieve the learning goals? (For example, the course format or a critical assignment)
An example response: This course has a three-week capstone project where students apply the astronomy they"ve learned so far to research the current state of understanding of a solar system body.
To do this, students use authentic NASA mission data. The final assignment is a presentation about their findings.
Why did you choose this particular design? How is it particularly appropriate for your teaching style, your setting, or your students?
How do you assess the degree to which students have reached the goals for this course?
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