Introduction to Astronomy was a very informative and interesting course and I am interested in learning more about the topic in the future. This 15 week course consisted of 19 chapters, 20 online labs, 20 night sky observations, 3 online quizzes, 3 on-campus exams, weekly videos and weekly discussions in blackboard. The course material included 2 text books, online labs, study guides and the star wheel which was to be used for night sky observations.
Both text books "Horizons: Exploring the Universe" and "Course Student Guide for Astronomy: Observations and Theories" helped though some of the material was redundant. The quizzes after each chapter in the course student guide were extremely helpful. Astronomy is such a broad topic I can see why two text books were needed. It was definitely a lot of reading and I had a hard time understanding some of the material such as the measurements used in astronomy. Each book provided a summary after each chapter which at times I thought was easier to understand because it got straight to the point.
Mr. Atkins also provided study guides and course notes which is such a good idea because I really didn't know where to start or what to study for the exams and quizzes. I don't think there are any cons in providing study guides or course notes for students. I was able to study the material that was needed instead of studying unnecessary material that wasn't going to be in the exam or quiz. It's really useful for the student.
Online labs were such a hassle for me only when they switched it to the new online program. I wasn't able to login for a while which made me fall behind so I had to rush to turn in all my online labs on time. The older program wouldn't allow you to use the chapter while you took the quiz, the new program allowed you to look at the chapter while you took the quiz. Which I thought was better than the old program. Besides the problems I faced with logging in the new program wasn't too bad. I was...