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Spring 2014 Astronomy 200 (3 units)

Section 5494      Begins: February 10, 2014      Ends:  May 23, 2014

Course Description

This course will give students a broad survey of the universe from a contemporary perspective. Topics include the history of modern astronomy; motions of the Earth, Sun, and Moon; interpretation of light; the solar system and its contents; stellar formation and evolution; the Milky Way and other galaxies; and cosmology.

  • Instructor:  Timothy Beck
  • Email:
    After the class has started, please use ETUDES Private Messages for communication.
  • Textbook Information: 21st Century Astronomy, Hester et al., 978-0-393-93198-3, ~$55
  • Estimated Time per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 3-4 hours per week reading, working on research assignments, taking quizzes and participating in online class discussions.  This class is not self-paced.  Specific assignments and discussions are meant to be completed for the whole class at the same time.
  • Special Requirements: Log into ETUDES by the first day of class (2/10) and begin working on the first week’s assignment and discussion.
  • Assignments & Tests: Assignments will include reading from the textbook and lecture notes posted online as well as participation in discussion groups.  There will be approximately 10 quizzes and four exams.
  • Additional Comments: The entire course will be conducted online through the ETUDES course management system. Students are required to have Internet access, an active email account, the ability to use word processing, conduct Internet searches, attach files, send emails and private messages, and work independently.
  • New to ETUDES: Here is an Online Orientation (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that will show you the basics of how to use ETUDES. Here is a flash tutorial (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that demonstrates the log in protocol. Be sure to check System Requirements before getting started with ETUDES. You need to do this on each computer you use while taking a class through ETUDES.
  • ETUDES Course: You will log into the Etudes classroom with the log-in information provided below.

Log in to your course on the first day of the class. Here's how:
Go to the ETUDES portal at

Log-in ID


First 2 letters of first name +
First 2 letters of last name +
Last 5 digits of Student COLLEAGUE ID
(Type using all lower case letters)
    Jose A. Garcia
    Student ID: 1021945
    Username = joga21945

Default Password: Month Day of birth in school records
(Type using all lower case letters)
Birthday is April 11th, 1982 (04/11/82)
Password = 0411

You will be prompted to create a "strong" password, if you are a returning student use the same password you previously created.