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Code NS 206
Term 201701
Title What is There in the Universe: Inside the Milky Way?
Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Subject Natural Sciences(NS)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 5.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Unal Ertan -unal@sabanciuniv.edu,
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
Type of Course Click here to view.
Prerequisites
(only for SU students)
NS101
Mode of Delivery Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Discussion based learning,Task based learning,Simulation
Content

The structures of the Milky Way starting from the solar system: the sun and the planets. Stars and star clusters. How does a star shine - stellar structure and evolution. End points of stellar evolution - black holes, white dwarfs and neutron stars. Methods of observation across the electromagnetic spectrum. Satellite observatories and space research.

Objective

Refer to the course outline.

Learning Outcome

Describe the physical principles that govern the motions of the planets and the stellar systems.
Define the basic properties of electromagnetic radiation and spectrum.
Explain the basic radiation mechanism of stars.
Describe the methods of distance, velocity, mass and radius measurements of stars.
Explain the formation and evolution of stars.
Describe the formation of the elements inside the stars.
Discuss formation and properties of the end products of stellar evolution: White dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes.

Programme Outcomes
 
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 5
2 Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 5
3 Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 5
4 Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 4
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 2
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Eng. & Natural Sci.
1 Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 4
2 Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 2
3 Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 3
4 Ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 3
5 Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 4
6 Knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 2
7 Knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 3
Common Outcomes ForSchool of Management
1 Demonstrate an understanding of economics, and main functional areas of management. 2
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 2
Molecular Biology, Genetics and Bioengineering Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Comprehend key concepts in biology and physiology, with emphasis on molecular genetics, biochemistry and molecular and cell biology as well as advanced mathematics and statistics. 2
2 Develop conceptual background for interfacing of biology with engineering for a professional awareness of contemporary biological research questions and the experimental and theoretical methods used to address them. 2
Materials Science and Nano Engineering Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 3
2 Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 1
3 Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 2
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 60
Recommended or Required Reading
Textbook

Astronomy Today, 10th Ed. E. Chaisson and S. McMillan

Optional Readings

Suggested readings related to new developments or discoveries in the area of astronomy and astrophysich through science web pages.