ASTRONOMY AND SPACE: THE INFINITE FRONTIER

PHY1AST

2021

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.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAndrew McDonald

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

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Capstone subjectNo

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Readings

Astronomy today

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorChaisson, E and McMillan S

Year2008

Edition/Volume7TH ED

PublisherPEARSON INTERNATIONAL ED., ADDISON-WESLEY, HARLOW.

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The southern sky guide

Resource TypeRecommended

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AuthorEllyard, D and Tirion, W

Year2001

Edition/Volume2ND ED

PublisherCAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, CAMBRIDGE: NEW YORK

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Record detailed observations of the night sky with the unaided eye or employing a small telescope.
02. Complete computer simulations of an astronomical observation.
03. Analyse astronomical data collected in observations or in a computer-simulated environment or presented in diagrammatic form.
04. Recognise and describe, qualitatively and quantitatively, the behaviour and physical properties of celestial objects and phenomena.
05. Communicate key concepts and astronomical phenomena to peers.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAndrew McDonald

Class requirements

Collaborative Based LearningWeek: 33 - 43
Two 1.00 d collaborative based learning other recurrence on any day including weekend at night from week 33 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
Two night-time observing sessions.

Laboratory ClassWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 h laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One x 2-hour written examination (2,000-words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO3, SILO4

Six written laboratory reports (1,200-words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo24 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

One poster presentation (500-words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO5

Two written reports summarizing observing nights (600-words equiv. tot )

N/AN/AN/ANo16 SILO3, SILO4