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Introduction to Astronomy and Astrophysics

Undergraduate | UNE-ASTY221 | 2024

Gaze back at past views and explore current perspectives of the solar system and wider universe. Investigate astronomical instruments. Follow the life and death of stars. Unpack the big bang. Explore celestial bodies and exotic objects like black holes.

Study method
100% online
Subject may require attendance
Entry requirements
Part of a degree
16 weeks
Start dates
26 Feb 2024

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Introduction to Astronomy and Astrophysics

About this subject

  • Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

    1. identify basic concepts from the many areas of astronomy, including motions in the sky, gravity, electromagnetic radiation, solar system, stars and galaxies;
    2. recognise and apply the scientific method to solve astronomical problems and to critically evaluate hypotheses and theories proposed;
    3. analyse and interpret information in order to communicate solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems in the field of astronomy; and
    4. demonstrate competence in, and/or understanding of, the use of basic astronomical instruments.

Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • UNE-DSC-DIP-2024 - Diploma in Science

Additional requirements

  • Equipment requirements - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media). Headset, including microphone (highly recommended). Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
  • Software requirements - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component. Please refer students to link for requirements:
  • Travel requirements - Travel may be required to attend the non-mandatory intensive school for this subject.
  • Other requirements -

    Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
    Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
    Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Diploma in Science

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