This is an introductory unit covering the foundations of astronomy. Themes covered include: the history and development of concepts about our place in the Universe, the night sky, the planets, the measurement of cosmic distances, the life cycles of stars (dust to black holes), galaxies, the structure and evolution of the Universe (big bang to now), and the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence. The course is taught through a combination of lecture, tutorial and practical sessions. The practical sessions include daytime visits to the Mt. Pleasant Radio telescope, weather permitting and a night time observing session.
|Faculty/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Discipline||Mathematics & Physics|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.
|Band||CSP Student Contribution||Full Fee Paying (domestic)||Field of Education|
|2||2018: $1,148.00||2018: $2,522.00||010303|
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3 x 1hr lectures/tutorials, 2-hr practical class weekly
2-hr Exam (40%), 2 mid-term tests (15% each) , Lab (15%), Homework (15%)
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
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