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David Kobilka
Central Lakes College
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Introductory level astronomy. The course focuses not only the science of astronomy but also on how astronomers learn about the night sky. Students spend considerable time with data, both raw (which in astronomy is mostly images) and interpreted in graphs.

Course Size:

Course Format:
Integrated lecture and lab

Course Context:

This is an introductory-level two-year college course that serves liberal ed science requirements for associate degree seeking students and students of technical programs. It has no pre-requisite.

Course Goals:

The goals for this course are in keeping with the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and assure that the credits earned in this course can be transferred to any of the 53 Minnesota State Colleges or Universities in the MNSCU system:

In this course students will:

Course Features:

Teaching the Process of Science

In this course students learn about the process of science through:


Assessments are on-going, constant, and varied:


Teaching Materials:

References and Notes:

Roger A. Freedman and Kaufmann, W.J. III. Universe, 8th. 2008. Freeman. ISBN 0-7167-8584-6.
I chose this textbook based on:
I do not use a lab manual.

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