Lectures vs External mode
This unit is offered in S2, in Day and External modes. The only difference between these modes is that students enrolled in the external mode are not formally entitled to attend lectures. The lectures will be recorded and available on line along with the slides and there will be other supporting material including chat rooms and a forum on-line so this should not be a disadvantage. Students enrolled in the "External" offering are also very welcome -- nay, encouraged -- to attend lectures. If room space is tight we will send out an iLearn announcement warning external enrolees that we cannot guarantee a lecture seat for the first few weeks of the semester. External students must sit the final exam at one of the satellite locations on the same day and time as the final exam taken on campus. No exception can be made.
Class times (Day mode only)
Lecture 1 & 2 Monday 2-4pm, X5B T1 (29 Wally's Walk)
Lecture 3 Friday 11am, X5B T1 (29 Wally's Walk)
Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials
Required Text: Universe: The Solar System, Freedman and Kaufmann (5th Ed) OR Universe, Freedman, Geller and Kaufmann (10th Ed). The "Solar System" edition contains all the needed chapters, but you can also get the full textbook if you like. Recent editions of either book are suitable.
A list of recommended readings and web links will be provided as needed, and there is a wealth of supporting material available on the internet.
Technology Used and Required
Extensive use will be made of iLearn, both to deliver content and assessment materials, as well as to collect assessment. Students will therefore need pc and internet access. The concept video assessment requires access to a smart phone / tablet / digital camera / pc or similar device with movie recording capabilities. Alternative arrangements will be made for students without access to one of these.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
This unit is taught through lectures, on-line tutorials and live chatrooms and through undertaking one field experiment. We strongly encourage students to attend lectures because they provide a much more interactive and effective learning experience than studying a textbook, or listening to iLectures. However, this unit has been developed so as to enable it to be taken remotely. As such it is possible to take it with no lecture attendance. Questions during the lectures, on the forums or during chat rooms with moderators are strongly encouraged in this unit. You should aim to read the relevant sections of the textbook before and after lectures and discuss the content with classmates.
You may wish to discuss your essays and other assessment with other students, but you are required to hand in your own work (see the note on plagiarism below). Several assignments are provided as one of the key learning activities for this unit, they are not there just for assessment. It is by applying knowledge learned from lectures and textbooks to solve problems that you are best able to test and develop your skills and understanding of the material.
Lectures will be presented using a data projector, with copies of the slides will be made available through iLearn. Lectures will be recorded and magically appear on the iLearn system.