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ASTRON 100 - Astronomy Survey of Universe - Teresa Ciardi

Course:Astronomy Survey of Universe
Professor:Teresa Ciardi
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Me with students on either side

Welcome to Astronomy, to our adventure together learning to interpret astronomy images and investigate astronomy phenomena. All course assignments and resources will be in the course canvas shell, and we will have many interactions to explain and practice the content. Power point presentations are designed to encourage continuous interaction with the content and critical thinking. Astronomy is a beautiful science that is both challenging and fun, and I will be here for you throughout the term to help you succeed.

Course Description

Astronomy 100 is a 3.0 unit CSU, UC transferable course! This is a one semester course that introduces you to the science of astronomy as we visualize objects in space like black holes and habitable worlds. This course will be useful to you if you are on track to earn an Elementary Education Transfer Degree and it fulfills a general education requirement for natural science.

What to Expect in this Course

Are we going to have scheduled lectures?

We will not be meeting in-person or virtually. You will practice with the power point content each week, and you will have opportunity to interact with your classmates and me. I encourage you to form homework teams, to work together and learn from each other as you complete assignments for the course.

How will we use Zoom?

Zoom will be available for requested office hours. I have “Safe Space” certification and my spaces are safe spaces where all are welcome and valued.

How will the course be organized?

The course will be organized into modules in canvas. Each content page within a module will include power point presentations of content with practice, and assignments to practice with the content. Individual pages within a module will contain resources to help you master the content and may include links to current astronomy articles or videos to promote your curiosity. At the end of a module there is a page with a Content Check review sheet that will highlight all that you should have mastered prior to starting the Content Check.

There are 2 Projects that will be due at mid and end of term. These will be included in the canvas calendar and assignments but will not be included in the modules.

How will we submit our assignments?

All assignments will be submitted in canvas. You will have the option of typing your answers directly into a canvas text box or you may upload word documents or pdf files. For some assignments, it may be easiest to submit documents to me using a free app on your phone, like AdobeScan or CamScan or any other app you may already have (iPhone has their own) that can compile multiple images into a single document.

What do I need for the course?

  • Computer:  You will need regular access to a reliable computer and internet connection.
  • COC Email:  You need to check your student email frequently for announcements from canvas.
  • Software: You will need an internet browser (Chrome works best with Canvas) and Microsoft word would be useful (you can download the Microsoft Office Suite for FREE with your COC student account).

Types of Assessments

Your grade will be comprised of several different elements. Hard work and content mastery are valued equally. About half (55%) of your grade will be from completed work and about half (45%) of your grade will be from content checks. Lowest scores will be dropped.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Astronomy OpenStax Textbook


Other Relevant Course Information

What do I need to do to be successful in this class?

It is extremely important that you keep up with all your work, attend all class meetings, and communicate often.

  • Come to class! Interact with your classmates!
  • Participate and collaborate with others often, so that you may learn from each other.
  • Ask questions, and do not be afraid to be wrong about something.
  • Plan time each day to complete work and study for this class (you need to make a schedule).
  • Pay close attention to announcements in canvas, that is how I will communicate important information to everyone in the class.

What should I do next?

As soon as you have access to the course in canvas, find the course syllabus and write down any questions you may have; plan to communicate these questions to me in some format. Look through the canvas course and explore what is there.

I welcome you to email me with any questions you have. You may reach me through canvas (best) or at I look forward to meeting you very soon!

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.

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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.

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Last updated: 05/31/2022 Sub#: 256