NAT101 - Is There Life Beyond Earth?

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Subject Title
Is There Life Beyond Earth?

Subject Description
This subject introduces students to the science of Astronomy. They will gain insights into ways that physical forces have shaped the environments of Earth and neighbouring planets. Students will also learn the fundamentals needed to understand how our solar system was formed. They will be able to assess claims that there are other worlds with intelligent life in our universe. They will gain an understanding of and be able to discuss the nature and structure of the solar system and Milky Way Galaxy as it is currently known.

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Sciences and Social Sciences category.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the types of light spectra to explain how astronomers investigate the observable universe.
  1. Analyze the historical developments of models of Earth’s place in the universe to identify the steps of the scientific process.
  1. Describe modern views of the observable universe in order to summarize scales in space and time.
  1. Compare the properties of objects in the Solar system to analyze the modern theory of its formation and the conditions for life beyond Earth.
  1. Examine the properties of life on Earth to discuss the possibility and nature of life on other worlds.
  1. Review stellar properties and evolution to compare our Sun and planets to other stars and planetary systems.

Essential Employability Skills
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Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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