Introduction to Astronomy and Astrophysics
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.
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- identify basic concepts from the many areas of astronomy, including motions in the sky, gravity, electromagnetic radiation, solar system, stars and galaxies;
- recognise and apply the scientific method to solve astronomical problems and to critically evaluate hypotheses and theories proposed;
- analyse and interpret information in order to communicate solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems in the field of astronomy; and
- demonstrate competence in the use of basic astronomical instruments.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects moodle site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
- EquipmentDetails - 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).
- SoftwareDetails - Please refer students to link for requirements: http://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware 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.
- TravelDetails - Travel may be required to attend the Final Examination for this subject.
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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
This subject describes our present understanding of the universe and how this knowledge has been obtained. Topics covered in the subject include: (1) a historical perspective of the changing view of the solar system and wider universe; (2) astronomical instruments and the physics behind astronomical observations; (3) the physical processes underlying the formation, lifespan. evolution and death of stars; (4) the expanding universe and the big bang; and (5) an account and physical explanation of exotic objects in the universe such as neutron starts, quasars, pulsars and black holes.
It is Mandatory to attempt each of the Online Quizzes. It is Mandatory to either: attempt and pass the Laboratory work, if attending the Non-Mandatory Intensive School; or attempt and pass the Essay if not attending the Non-Mandatory Intensive School. Final Examination: 2 hrs 15 mins. It is Mandatory to attempt and pass the Final Examination. Learning Outcomes: 1-4 UNE manages supervised exams associated with your UNE subjects. Prior to census date, UNE releases exam timetables. They’ll email important exam information directly to your UNE email address.
- Assessment 1 Ten Online Quizzes (20%%)
- Assessment 2 Laboratory work/Essay (30%%)
- Final Examination (50%%)
Discovering the Universe 11th ed.
Comins, N., WH Freeman.