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ASTRON-100 - Survey of General Astronomy - David Michaels

Course:Survey of General Astronomy
Professor:David Michaels
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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This is an orientation letter to get you started with the course and to give you a guide to how this online course functions. This is not the course syllabus! That is found at the Canvas class website (see below).

Course Description

This is an introductory, non-mathematical, 3-unit course. It can broaden your awareness of the vastness and diversity of the universe and of your perhaps unique place within it.

CSU Transferable. UC credit limita6on: No credit for ASTRON-100 if taken after 101 or 102.

What to Expect in this Course

This course is taught entirely online; including all weekly assignment, quizzes, and exams. You will be using the course webpages on Canvas every week.

Read the Course Syllabus (found at the Canvas course webpage) for a description of what this course entails, what is required, and how your grade will be determined.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

We will be using OER (Open Educational Resources).

Other Relevant Course Information

You must log in to the class and complete both the Course Survey and the Introduce Yourself assignments by their due dates at the end of the first week, or you will be dropped from the class as a no-show.

Looking forward to seeing you online!

-Professor Michaels

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

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Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 10/07/2021 Sub#: 755