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Faculty Of Science, Technology & Engineering

PHY1AST, 2013

Subject Code:PHY1AST
Subject Short Title:ASTRONOMY AND SPACE: THE INFINITE FRONTIER
Credit Points:15.0
Subject Description:This introduction to contemporary astronomy and our developing understanding of the universe is appropriate for students from any background. Topics covered include our own solar system and the individual planets, through the galaxy to the distant features of the universe, star life, exotic objects such as quasars and black holes, cosmology and the big bang and astronomical instruments. Extensive use is made of multimedia presentations. In the astronomy project, students work as a team and develop oral presentation and relevant research skills. In daytime and evening viewing sessions, students develop basic experimental and problem-solving skills. In computer-based laboratories students simulate the role of practising astronomers and also have the opportunity to explore resources on the internet.
Work Experience Indicator:Student is not undertaking work experience in industry
Available to 'Study Abroad' students:Y

Assessment:

Assessment Type%Comments
one 2-hour examination50
practical work, written reports & poster presentation50

Readings:

Reading TypeTitleAuthorPublisher
PrescribedAstronomy todayChaisson, E and McMillan S 20086th ed, Pearson International ed., Addison-Wesley, Harlow.
RecommendedThe southern sky guideEllyard, D and Tirion, W 20012nd ed, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: New York

Subject Coordinator: Dr David Hoxley

Class Requirement
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Semester 2, Day. Dr David Hoxley (D.Hoxley@latrobe.edu.au)
Two 1-day Collaborative Based Learning on any day including weekend at night from week 31 to week 44 and delivered via face-to-face. (Two night-time observing sessions.)
Two 1-hour Lectures per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 44 and delivered via face-to-face.
One 3-hour Laboratory Class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 44 and delivered via face-to-face.