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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will be introduced to contemporary astronomy and our developing understanding of the universe, at a level appropriate for students from any background. You will experience several astronomy viewing sessions and will learn about our own solar system and the individual planets, star life, exotic objects such as quasars and black holes, cosmology and the big bang, and the instruments of astronomical observation.  In several daytime and evening viewing sessions you will develop basic experimental and problem-solving skills, while you also undertake several computer-based laboratories to simulate the role of practicing astronomers.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAndrew McDonald

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAstronomy todayPrescribedChaisson, E and McMillan S 20087TH ED, PEARSON INTERNATIONAL ED., ADDISON-WESLEY, HARLOW.
ReadingsThe southern sky guideRecommendedEllyard, D and Tirion, W 20012ND ED, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, CAMBRIDGE: NEW YORK

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Record detailed observations of the night sky with the unaided eye or employing a small telescope.

Observing nights, Home observing exercises

02. Complete computer simulations of an astronomical observation.

Practical work in the physics laboratory

03. Analyse astronomical data collected in observations or in a computer-simulated environment or presented in diagrammatic form.

Written reports of Observing nights and practical laboratory work

04. Recognise and describe, qualitatively and quantitatively, the behaviour and physical properties of celestial objects and phenomena.

Written reports of Observing nights and practical laboratory work

05. Communicate key concepts and astronomical phenomena to peers.

Astronomy project and poster presentation

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