EASC 101: Earth Science (really, its Astronomy)
Summer 2008

Instructor: Dr. Allain
Office hours: M-Th 8-9, 1-3
Office: 115 Pursley Hall
Phone: 549-2894
text: The Essential Cosmic Perspective - Bennet

To introduce you to the fundamentals of Earth/space relationships, the solar system and stellar constellations as well as the methods of science and the historical perspectives in science.

Classroom Activities
Class will be used to covered basic material, discuss conceptual models and demonstrations.

There will be four tests held during the regular class period. Each test will be worth 100 points. The majority of the content of each test will come from but is not limited to material covered after the previous test. The tests will be closed book and closed notes. If you miss a test, your final exam grade will count for that test. The only material necessary for the test is a writing utensil and a calculator. Sharing calculators will not be permitted. No other electronic devices i.e. cellular phones and pagers will be allowed during the test. The tests will be a short answer and essay style. Tests will be the following dates: June 18, June 30, July 10, July 21.

Final Exam
The final exam will be comprehensive, 2 hours long, and will be worth 200 points. The date is available on the SELU calendar and will be in Pursley hall 114.

Letter grades will be assigned according to the following points:
540 - 600 points = A
480 - 539 points = B
420 - 479 points = C
360 - 419 points = D
0 - 359 points = F

Attendance will be recorded, but it is not part of your grade.

Required notices:

If you are a qualified student with a disability seeking accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you are required to self-identify with the Office of Disability Services, Room 203, Student Union. No accommodations will be granted without documentation from the Office of Disability Services.

It is the University policy that the classroom is not a place for children, and that students are not to bring their family members for day care or baby sitting.

It is the University policy that free discussion, inquiry, and expression are encouraged in class. However, classroom behavior that interferes with either (a) the instructor's ability to conduct the class or (b) the ability of students to benefit from the instruction is not acceptable. Examples may include routinely entering class late or departing early; use of beepers, cellular telephones, or other electronic devices; repeatedly talking in class without being recognized; talking while others are speaking; or arguing in a way that is perceived as "crossing the civility line." In the event of a situation where a student legitimately needs to carry a beeper/cellular telephone to class, prior notice and approval of the instructor is required. Classroom behavior which is deemed inappropriate and cannot be resolved by the student and the faculty member may be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs for administrative or disciplinary review as per the Code of Student Conduct which may be found at http://www.selu.edu/StudentAffairs/Handbook/2005/codeofconduct.html.

It is the University policy on e-mail communication that instructors may use only official Southeastern e-mail addresses when initiating or responding to electronic correspondence with students.

Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. Behavior that violates these standards is not acceptable. Examples are the use of unauthorized material, communication with fellow students during an examination, attempting to benefit from the work of another student and similar behavior that defeats the intent of an examination or other class work. Cheating on examinations, plagiarism, improper acknowledgment of sources in essays and the use of a single essay or paper in more than one course without permission are considered very serious offenses and shall be grounds for disciplinary action as outlined in the current
General Catalogue.