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Summer  2013    Astronomy 205 (1.5 units)

Section 8374     Class Begins June 24, 2013

Course Description

This course will cover principles of astronomical observation and measurement, identification of constellations and celestial phenomenon, and astronomical tracking and coordinate systems.

  • Instructor:  Timothy Beck
  • Email:
    After the class has started, please use ETUDES Private Messages for communication.
  • Textbook Information: None.  You will need a copy of the Starry Night College software in order to complete exercises.  ~$30
  • Estimated Time per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 8 hours per week reading and using the Starry Night College software to complete simulated observational exercises. This class is self-paced.  Dues date guidelines will be provided, and all work is due by 8/1/13.
  • Special Requirements: Log into ETUDES by the first day of class (6/24) and begin working on the first week’s assignments.
  • Assignments & Tests: Assignments will include reading the lessons posted online and performing the exercises using the software.  Answers to the exercises will be input on the ETUDES website.
  • 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.

Login 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

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

Etudes link