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This course satisfies GE Categories II (Science/Technology) and Va (Quantitative Literacy). All assignments will require some basic math and an understanding of the scientific method and the fundamental laws of nature discussed in class.  These requirements are linked directly to a real understanding of the science of astrobiology.

Requirements / grading: 

Final Exam: 30 % (May 12 10:30 - 12:30 p.m. in lecture hall)

Midterm: 25% (Tue April 28 in lecture hall)  

On-line Quizzes: 6%

2 Homework Assignments: 15% (Due Apr 23) + 15% (Due May 28) 

4 Rocketmix Modules: 9% (Online exercises via rocketmix.com)

All assignments are set up to demonstrate an understanding of the natural phenomena we observe in the universe around us and also that you understand how we approach and solve questions in the rubric of astrobiology. In homework, online modules, and in the final paper (see below) students will also be asked to discuss the scope and limitations what can be learned scientifically given the data in hand at any time (both historically and at present). 

Extra Credit:  
The night of April 23 ASUCI is hosting a night of stargazing with telescopes in Aldrich Park.  Students will receive extra credit for attending.  

Both exams are aimed at ensuring that you follow along with readings and online modules, and (most importantly) that you engage in lecture. They will test comprehension, qualitative understanding of the key concepts, and will include some calculation-based problems. These problems will ensure that students can a) identify appropriate equations for quantitative analysis; b) have a familiarity with principles underlying quantitative descriptions of the universe; and c) be able to use simple equations to make quantitative predictions about astronomy and the physical universe. 

The tests will be multiple-choice format. No makeup exams will be given. If you have a serious scheduling conflict be sure to notify me no less than 3 weeks in advance so that arrangements can be made for you to take the exam. (If you do not have a very serious reason for missing the exam then please do not ask if you can take it at another date. Only very serious reasons such as a conflict with another exam, death in the family, etc., will be considered valid.) For the exams, you will need to bring a number 2 pencil, a scantron card (I will announce the specific type in class, which will be available in the UCI bookstore).  The TA and Instructor reserve the right to check IDs during the exam.

Rocketmix Modules: 
Complementing lectures, I will assign a few online modules throughout the course using rocketmix.com. These modules offer a series of excercises to help clarify concepts and offer students (and me) immediate, personalized feedback. We have negotiated the use of rocketmix.com modules for $20for students of 20E this quarter. 
Enroll here:  https://www.rocketmix.com/EnrollCourse.aspx?CourseCode=47470

Canvas Pilot: The Syllabus, updated class schedule, some lectures and other material will be posted on the class website.  Please become familiar with it!  Plan to visit the site weekly for updated information.    I cannot guarantee that 100% of the information I discuss in class will be available on the site, but it should be a good guide for learning.

Email: There may be times that I send notices out to the class via email so please be sure to activate your UCINet ID and read your email at least once a week.  If you contact me via email, please put "20E" in the subject line.  Questions regarding homework, the grading of the quizzes and exams will not be answered by email. 

Add/Drop: Prof. Bullock cannot sign Add/Drop/Change cards.  Questions regarding these policies should be taken to 4109 FRH.
Students who wish to ADD, DROP, or Change their enrollment status to first try using WebREg (online), and if there are full sections or other problems, to contact Physics Student Affairs : 4109 FRH     physics.enroll@uci.edu       949-824-2614

Makeups: As is standard policy for courses of this size, there will be no makeups for the quizzes, midterm exams, or the final exam.

Cheating: All UCI policies regarding cheating will be strictly enforced. Anyone caught cheating on an exam or quiz will automatically fail, the appropriate Dean(s) will be notified. Cheating includes giving or receiving assistance on an exam or quiz.

The syllabus page shows a table-oriented view of the course schedule, and the basics of course grading. You can add any other comments, notes, or thoughts you have about the course structure, course policies or anything else.

To add some comments, click the "Edit" link at the top.

Course Summary:

LEC Services

The tutorial program was developed to help meet your academic assistance needs. Qualified Professional staff and peer tutors are available to assist you with your academic needs. Tutorial services are offered in 097, 098, and 1100 levels Math, English, Writing, and Reading courses. If you are struggling with homework, have met with your instructor, and are still having difficulty, then you will find it helpful to seek the assistance of a tutor.

By-Appointment Tutoring
You will schedule a one hour-long appointment with a tutor to work on specific disciplines. To request a tutor a completed Request for Tutorial Assistance Form must be submitted to the Learning Enrichment Center office at least one week before you need tutoring assistance. The Tutor Coordinator will contact you upon receipt of the request and set up a mutually convenient time for your tutorial sessions. Please keep in mind that you must have a working telephone number listed on the request in order to be contacted or you must come by the Learning Enrichment Center to schedule your tutoring sessions.

Walk-In Tutoring
You will be able to work with tutors on a first-come, first-served basis and discuss course material, assignments and learning strategies. Depending on the discipline, our tutors will work with students individually or in small groups. Individual Tutoring: You will meet one-on-one with a tutor who can help you with course material, receive feedback on your work, and help you develop strategies for academic success.

Boot Camp
The Boot Camp is a preparatory session designed to give students taking the Accuplacer Placement Test for the first time an overview of what to expect on the exam. During this session, the reading, sentence skills, and math tests are discussed. Students are given information on what the test looks like, test taking strategies, the scoring process, and how to locate practice tests to further assist them with preparation. A schedule for the Boot Camp can be obtained from the Student Affairs office. In addition to our services, you may want to review by taking a practice test.  Please click on the following link for a list of practice websites.

Accuplacer Practice Test Websites

Study Strategies Seminars
Having trouble studying? We will have small-group seminars that will help you develop better study habits. These seminars will help you to manage your current and future coursework and achieve your academic goals.

Writing Workshops
If you are having problems in your Reading and Writing courses, this is the workshop for you! Workshop leaders will use course readings and assignments, as well as supplementary material, to help you develop your critical reading, writing and analytic skills.

Assistance for Placement Retesting (Optional)
If a student does not meet the score required for the area tested on the Accuplacer Placement Tests for Program Level courses, he/she will be allowed to receive remediation if possible using the following procedures:

  1. The student must take the Accuplacer Placement tests at the Testing Center.
  2. The student must report to the Learning Enrichment Center (LEC), (Student Enrichment Center Building, Room 8103), within 10 days of taking the exam and bring the Accuplacer Placement tests results with them.  No exceptions.
  3. The student will take a Diagnostic Test to identify areas of weakness.
  4. The LEC Tutor Coordinator will assign computerized remediation and practice to assist the student in remediation the weak areas identified by diagnostic test(s).
  5. After remediation, the student will follow procedures outlined for payment and then retest at the Testing Center.

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